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Taking a Cruze - Car Review

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Added: 31 Dec 2012
Last update: 31 Dec 2012

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I LIKED the saloon version of the Chevrolet Cruze I drove some time ago and the more practical five door hatchback has only enhanced that impression.

The chassis and suspension are well set up so that there’s very little body roll when cornering. And there’s also plenty of grip, giving excellent speed through sharp or shallow bends.

The steering is quite vague and doesn’t give very much feedback but the rest of the handling and the excellent suspension makes it good enough to rival such cars as the Vauxhall Astra or Hyundai i30.

I drove the 130bhp VCDi 1.7 diesel and found it smooth and quiet, with easily enough power for the weight.

It pulls beautifully from low revs and can be exhilarating to drive, with good enough acceleration for swift overtaking.

Reliability is said to be good in the trade and the drivetrains have already been proven in other cars.

Interior

In LT trim, the Cruze comes with six airbags, stability control, traction control, electronic brake distribution, 60/40 split fold back seat and a big boot.

The seats are supportive and comfortable on long journeys and although two adults will fit comfortably in the rear, there is room for three on shorter journeys.

 

FAST FACTS

Chevrolet Cruze VCDi                               

Price: £17,825

Mechanical: 128bhp, 1,686cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max speed: 123mph

0-62mph: 9.7 seconds

Combined mpg: 62

Insurance group: 21

CO2 emissions: 117g/km

BIK rating: 17%

Warranty: 5yrs/ 100,000 miles

Main rival: Peugeot 308

Words: Peter Hayward

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