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Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback (2011–2015)

Last updated 29 November 2016

More practical than the saloon. Good value for money. Rides well on UK roads, decent level of standard equipment.
Design is less distinctive than saloon. Interior quality isn't as high as that of some rivals.
Updated 29 November 2016

On automatics the brake pedal switch may fail or become detached, locking the quadrant in 'Park'.

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The Cruze saloon, well known for its appearance in the World and British Touring Car Championships, has been on sale since 2009. But in the UK the most popular models in the small family car market are hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, so the Cruze was always at somewhat of a disadvantage.

Seeking to make the car more competitive Chevrolet has now introduced a five-door hatchback. The Cruze hatchback retains the reasonable value for money package, attractive styling and comfortable drive of the saloon but with the advantage of improved practicality. It’s very slightly more expensive, starting at £13,995 for the base spec LS. 

Equipment levels, ride quality and comfort are as good as those on the saloon, and for those seeking value for money, an attractive design, space and reasonable equipment levels the Cruze hatchback represents good value for money. 

The most important improvement over the saloon is the increased loadspace. With the seats in place the saloon and hatch have similar capacities, but fold the seats forward and the Cruze hatchback has an impressive 883 litres of space.  There's a choice of two petrol engines - a 1.6 and a 1.8-litre - and a 2.0-litre diesel. For most buyers the 1.6-litre will be adequte, but for those who regularly use motorways the 2.0-litre diesel is more suitable. 

Overall, while it may not have the polish of a Ford Focus or a Volkswagen Golf, the Cruze hatchback represents good value for money and would make for a sensible buy. It has reasonable levels of standard equipment, attractive styling, and is more practical than the saloon. 

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