New mainstream Chevrolet - CHEVROLET CRUZE Car Review
Added: 13 Jun 2011
THE latest Chevrolet Cruze is a five-door hatch at a truly bargain price.
The good looking Vauxhall Astra-size newcomer should be showrooms next month with prices starting at just £14,000.
It should build on the motorsport success of the saloon it replaces, which won the 2010 British Touring Car Championship.
And it moves Chevrolet into the biggest mainstream market in this country – mid-size hatchbacks.
Backed by a five-year warranty, it’s available in three trim levels and with a choice of two petrol or one diesel engines.
Further engines will follow, including a smaller capacity diesel, and all have electronic stability and a host of safety features as standard.
The entry-level LS has a 1.6 litre petrol with 124bhp, and comes with excellent equipment for the price.
Next up the range is the LT with either 1.6-litre petrol or a 163ps 2.0-litre diesel and top LTZ has either 1.8 141bhp petrol or the same diesel, with either six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.
Standard equipment looks excellent for the price – easily better than others. Even in entry trim it comes with air, remote locking, electric front windows, follow-me-home headlights, electrically-adjustable heated door mirrors and a quality radio/CD player with auxiliary input.
LTZ adds bluetooth, a USB port, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights and an auto dipping rearview mirror.
Chevrolet Cruze LS hatchback
Mechanical: 161bhp, 1,998cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox
Max speed: 127mph
0-62mph: 8.5 seconds
Combined mpg: 50
Insurance group: 22
CO2 emissions: 147g/km
BIK rating: 15%
Warranty: 5yrs/ 99,000 miles
Main rival: Vauxhall Astra
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