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2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review

Model tested:

2011 Holden Cruze Series II CD Diesel – 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, six-speed automatic with Active Select: $26,990 (Manufacturer’s List Price)

New styling, new engines, and more features, the Holden Series II Cruze is a serious contender for Australia’s best small car.

Holden has been building cars for 63 years and its latest model, known as the Series II Cruze, will offer Australian buyers a quality alternative to more expensive small car offerings from Asia and Europe.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux, has every right to be confident about the potential of the new Series II Holden Cruze, when he told the press corps:

“We have worked hard to improve on the current model by tailoring the Cruze to better meet the needs of Australian motorists”

“We think our locally developed range ticks all the boxes for people who appreciate style, comfort and convenience, as well as high-tech performance options and great interior space.

“Cruze also remains one of the safest small cars on the market and more than ever it represents exceptional value for money in true Holden tradition.”

2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review

We’ve just put over 140 kilometres on the clock of the base model Series II Cruze CD, powered by a new generation 2.0-litre DOHC common-rail turbodiesel engine, and bottom line is that it’s pretty impressive.

It’s not the 120kW that excites (although that’s up by 9 percent on the previous diesel powertrain), it’s more the 360Nm of torque kicking in as early as 1750rpm that makes this car such a treat to drive, and one of the main attractions of the new Holden Cruze sedan.

At 110km/h, this new diesel emits no more than a gentle purr at a fraction under 1500rpm. In-gear acceleration from 80km/h is even stronger, making overtaking on multi-lane highways seem effortless.

There’s also very little engine noise intrusion inside the cabin. In fact, it’s by far the quietest diesel engine in the small car segment at least from those cars I’ve driven over the last six months. That’s true even when you stomp on the throttle, there’s still nothing more than a soft murmuring emitted inside the cockpit.

Holden is using an electronically controlled single turbocharger with intercooler, which while offering smooth power delivery, does suffer from initial throttle lag, so it’s best to feed in the power progressively, unless you’re higher up the rev range.

The six-speed auto transmission delivers smooth and seamless shifts through all forward gear ratios, but it’s not an overly quick shifting unit in the same way that a multi-clutch gearbox is.

2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review

Part of yesterday’s test route included a good stretch of twisty road close to the start of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, where we took advantage of the Active Select (sequential manual shifting) option on this transmission. It allows driver’s to load up the revs in each gear ratio, for a far more enjoyable driving experience than if left in auto mode.

I particularly like the hydraulic steering on board the Series II Cruze for its weight right from dead centre and the communication through the nicely moulded sports leather steering wheel.

There’s plenty of grip from the front end and the Cruze is well behaved through the twisty bits, even when pushing on a little quicker.

Apart from the general refinement of this Series II Cruze, it’s a particularly comfortable small car, especially up front behind the wheel. The standard pews are very well bolstered and hold your torso bolt upright, even when throwing the car into bends.

While there isn’t a lot of soft touch material around the dashboard, Holden have employed quality materials throughout the interior, especially the fabric inserts that have a nice tactile feel to them.

The console in the Cruze is particularly attractive, with all the switchgear nicely laid out for good functionality and in easy reach of the driver.

There’s a heap of standard features on board the Cruze, even in this base model CD trim.

2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review

Series II Holden Cruze CD standard feature highlights:

· Engine options of 1.8L ECOTEC engine, 1.4 iTi DOHC turbo petrol or 2.0L DOHC turbo diesel.

· New 16-inch wheel trims

· Six-speaker multimedia audio system with radio, in-dash CD, USB flash drive/iPod/MP3 compatibility

· Steering wheel remote audio and cruise controls

· Graphic information display

· Six airbags – front driver and passenger, front side impact, side curtain

· Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review

· Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

· Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

· Traction Control

· Brake Assist

· Collapsible pedal assembly system

· Air conditioning

· Power windows all round

· Automatic headlamps

2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review

· Body-coloured door handles

· Watts link performance suspension (paired to 1.4 iTi model only)

Unlike the majority of vehicles in the small car class, the Cruze is a proper five seater with decent leg and headroom for rear-seat passengers.

Luggage space in the Cruze is also good, although Holden will launch an all-new Cruze hatch model later this year that will offer further convenience.

All three Series II Cruze engines meet the Euro 5 emission standard and the diesel in manual guise can return fuel economy figures of 5.6 litres/100km. That performance alone makes it Australia’s most fuel-efficient locally built car.

The other exciting new powertrain for the Cruze is a 1.4-iTi turbo petrol engine, which develops 103kW and 200Nm between 1850 and 4900rpm. This same variant is also equipped with the new Watts link performance suspension.

CarAdvice will be testing this Cruze variant today, and will provide a separate review of the car shortly.

2011 Holden Series II Cruze range

2011 Holden Cruze Review
2011 Holden Cruze Review

Cruze 1.8-litre petrol

  • CD manual – $20,990
  • CD automatic – $22,990
  • CDX manual – $24,490
  • CDX automatic – $26,490

Cruze 1.4-litre turbo

  • CD manual – $22,240
  • CD automatic – $24,240
  • SRi manual – $24,490
  • SRi automatic – $26,490
  • SRi-V manual – $27,990
  • SRi-V automatic – $29,990

Cruze 2.0-litre diesel

  • CD manual – $24,990
  • CD automatic – $26,990
  • CDX manual – $28,490
  • CDX automatic – $30,490

Prestige Paint: $500


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Holden Cruze Specs

CD : JG : 1.8L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 5 SP MANUAL - UNLEADED PETROL - 4D SEDAN
Car Details
Make
HOLDEN
Model
CRUZE
Variant
CD
Series
JG
Year
2011
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Pricing
New Price
N/A
Private Sale
$8,360 - $9,500
Dealer Retail
$9,900 - $11,770
Dealer Trade
$6,600 - $7,600
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.8L
Max. Torque
176Nm @  3800rpm
Max. Power
104kW @  6200rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
74.2W/kg
Bore & Stroke
80.5x88.2mm
Compression Ratio
10.5
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.72
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
60Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1402
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1477mm
Length
4597mm
Width
1788mm
Ground Clearance
143mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1200  Unbrake:695
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.9
Front Rim Size
6.5x16
Rear Rim Size
6.5x16
Front Tyres
205/60 R16
Rear Tyres
205/60 R16
Wheel Base
2685
Front Track
1544
Rear Track
1558
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
On the cross member LHS
Country of Origin
Korea