Chevrolet Cruze (2009 – 2015) Review

Chevrolet Cruze (2009 – 2015) At A Glance


+Good value for money. Also comes with a six-speed automatic. Decent VCDi diesels. Driver and passenger seats both height adjustable.

-Lacks more sophisticated rear suspension of Astra on the same platform.

Insurance Groups are between 14–23
On average it achieves 83% of the official MPG figure

The proportions of the body are very pleasing from all angles. And though ‘C Sector saloons aren't offered by many manufacturers, they are precisely what a lot of people want, particularly the recently retired who have got hooked on golf.

It's got everything most people are likely to want, it drives, rides and handles decently, and it's a really good looking car.

Real MPG average for a Chevrolet Cruze (2009 – 2015)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance


Real MPG

19–51 mpg

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Height adjustable passenger seats?

"Looking for a normal medium size car two to four years old with height adjustable passenger seat and enough roof height after adjusting, probably to the maximum, for a 6 feet tall passenger. Something like a Golf (?Plus). Don't want SUV's, 4x4 etc. Max Price £10,000. Thanks"
The Chevrolet Cruze always had this feature.
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Is buying on finance the best way of getting a good deal?

"Does the Chevrolet Cruze have the same engine and automatic gearbox as an Astra, Suzuki, or SAAB? I went to a car dealer about a Honda Jazz and the finance manager tried to convince me that it's better for the finance to go for a newer Jazz like the Hybrid, which will save me money in the long run. I was quite confused and not sure about it. What do you think?"
The Cruze has a belt cam engine and 6-speed torque converter automatic. It's tested here: I don't answer questions about finance except to say ""nothing is for nothing"" and if something sounds too good to be true it won't be true.
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What car fits these requirements?

"Here's a conundrum. I'm tall. So I need a car with the following. 1. Seat height adjustment for both driver AND passenger. 2. Auto gearbox. 3. Full length glass roof. (Doesn't necessarily have to open.) Priced up to £23,000"
Can't help. Can tell you from memory that Chevy Cruise all have driver and passenger height adjustable seats, but that's all.
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Chevrolet Cruze with no cruise!

"I bought a Chevrolet Cruze, my first ever new car after 15 years, in June, pre registered on a 11 reg with 25 miles on the clock from Pentagon Chevrolet Rochdale. I was assured by the salesman that the Cruze had Cruise Control and this was confirmed in the April 2011 brochure which he gave me. When I picked up the car, it was a new salesman who greeted me. When I asked about where the cruise control function is, he told me straight away that it didn't have any. I have contacted the original salesman responsible for selling me the car, who said that he was, "Under the impression at the time that it had cruise control," but he told me that it wasn't his problem and to phone Chevrolet as it is actually a 2010 model which doesn't have cruise control. This was never brought to my attention and I think that this attitude is outrageous. What should I do? "
Demand a substantial discount for selling you an old car as a new one.
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