The Holden Cruze hatch is now on sale in Australia. The Cruze hatch joins the sedan as the only Australian-designed and -manufactured small car on the market.


The base model Holden Cruze CD five-speed manual starts at $21,240 (before on-road costs) making it one of the cheapest small cars on the market, while the $30,490 SRi-V six-speed automatic is also well priced for a flagship model.

The new Holden Cruze hatch is available in all of the variants currently offered in the Cruze sedan line-up, including CD, CDX, SRi and SRi-V, and with the option of petrol, turbo-petrol or turbo-diesel engines.

The prices and fuel consumptions figures of equivalent Cruze hatch and sedan models are identical. The boot of the Cruze hatch has a capacity of 413 litres, 32 litre less than the Cruze sedan (measurements of vehicles equipped with an inflator kit rather than a spare tyre).

The familiar engine line-up starts with the 104kW/176Nm 1.8-litre Ecotec petrol. It uses 7.0 litres/100km on the combined cycle when teamed with the five-speed manual transmission and 7.4 litres/100km with the six-speed automatic.

Next up is the 1.4-litre iTi turbocharged petrol engine. It produces 103kW of power and 200Nm of torque. The six-speed manual models use 6.4-6.6 litres/100km combined, while the automatic is again slightly thirstier at 6.9 litres/100km.

The final engine option is the 120kW/360Nm 2.0-litre diesel. The six-speed manual’s combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.6 litres/100km makes it the most fuel efficient Australian made car, although the diesel automatic is off the pace of its competitors, with a combined figure of 6.7 litres/100km.

The Cruze CD is available with all three engines. The CDX misses out on the 1.4 iTi option, with this role filled by the SRi and SRi-V models, which come exclusively with the turbo-petrol engine.

Standard features in the Cruze CD hatch include manual air conditioning, cruise control, trip computer, automatic headlights, Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice recognition (but not audio streaming), steering wheel audio and cruise controls, six-speaker audio system with CD player and USB input with iPod compatibility, and 16-inch steel wheels.

For an additional $3500, the Cruze CDX hatch scores 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome highlights, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, heated front seats and leather upholstery for the seats, steering wheel and gearstick.

At $2500 more than the CD 1.4 iTi, the Cruze SRi hatch adds 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, sports body kit (front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear lip spoiler), chrome grille and door handle inserts, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearstick, and cloth sports seats in either Jet Black or Sonic Blue.

For $3500 more than the SRi, the Cruze SRi-V hatch adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, keyless entry and push-button start, rear parking sensors, and a seven-inch colour screen with satellite navigation, 10GB hard drive for MP3 storage, the ability to pause live radio, and an extensive voice recognition system.

All Holden Cruze models have earned the maximum five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and all come standard with six airbags (dual front, side and curtains) and electronic stability control, among other active and passive features.

The Cruze hatch was designed in Port Melbourne and has been fine-tuned by engineers over 140,000km across the country. The extensive testing led to a number of engineering modifications to optimise the Cruze hatch for Australian driving conditions and tastes, and Holden says many of these changes have been adopted globally for both Cruze hatch and sedan.

The Cruze hatch is already on sale in South Korea and the UK, and will be sold in more than 60 countries around the world.

Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux described the Cruze hatch as an Australian-developed car with a truly global appeal.

“Cruze sedan is already a huge success in Australia, establishing itself as one of the top five selling cars in the market in just two years.  With the addition of the new Cruze hatch we can now offer small car buyers a stylish and sporty home-grown alternative,” Mr Devereux said.

“The launch of this car today showcases Holden’s ability to design, engineer and build a car that is world-class and a genuine global player for General Motors.”

Holden Cruze sedan and hatch manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • CD 1.8 petrol – $21,240
  • CD 1.4 iTi petrol – $22,490
  • CD 2.0 diesel – $25,240
  • CDX 1.8 petrol – $24,740
  • CDX 2.0 diesel – $28,740
  • SRi 1.4 iTi petrol – $24,990
  • SRi-V 1.4 iTi petrol – $28,490

Note: Manual prices shown. Automatic option adds $2000 to the price of each variant.

CarAdvice is at the Australian launch of the Holden Cruze hatch, and will post a full first-drive review following today’s drive program.

Read CarAdvice’s reviews of the Holden Cruze sedan.

  • David

    Yawn, still no automatic climate control on any model. Still no sunroof available.

    • Adam

      Give me a Cruze hatch over a fugly focus anyday !!!!

    • JPF

      I saw my first Cruze hatch on the road yesterday and I can honestly say what a hot looking car in the flesh, it really has the style and road presence that gets your attention, nice job Holden

  • mohamad is right when he

    U-G-L-Y you ain’t got no alibi… YOUR UGLY!!
    … But u will sell. Because the price is right

    • http://Facebook Jerome Jackson

      Yep, it’s ugly alright.

    • Superbee_440

      your wrong mate, it’s….


    • Sonic

      It doesn’t look ugly to me… Just incredibly boring.

  • crouchy

    The red SRI-V hatch looks nice!

  • Leaner

    is this a day wooooo?

    • 42 = The Answer

      Nah, Holdenwoo

      • Grr

        No sorry, its a Chevwoo

  • camaro

    I think it’s good car but a bit pricey.

    • Dave S

      Why would you say that?

      The article states ‘The base model Holden Cruze CD five-speed manual starts at $21,240 (before on-road costs) making it one of the cheapest small cars on the market, while the $30,490 SRi-V six-speed automatic is also well priced for a flagship model.’

      Great value car, great seller and made in Australia.

      • mohamad is right when he

        *assembled in australia ;)

        • 42 = The Answer

          50% Aussie and increasing

          • DE

            24% local content only, hopefully increasing with future models.

        • Pro346

          Ford focus 0% assembled in Australia…

  • Paul

    The pinnacle of automotive design….

    • Crummydore

      Absolutely… that front end is such as classy bit of work!

      Real glad the marketing boys at Holden decided against calling it the Torana.

      • XtraVert

        Yeah, That would put the Torana name in disrepute.

  • Able

    I hope the saloon sells more than the hatch because it’s vastly superior in all aethetic areas. Far out the hatch is ugly! But it’ll sell because it’s very good value and it’s a Holden.

    I don’t like how we only have 6 airbags though. The US has 10, why don’t we? Same goes for the Barina and then both would have a USP, something they’re both missing!

    • Bangel

      Congradulations to that little battler the DAEWOO CAR CO , you have done a great job with designing and building the cruze .

      • mohamad is right when he


    • JEKYL & HYDE

      if by usp you really mean usb,then both models do have them.cruze from day 1…

      maybe when you move to the good old u.s. of a.,and don’t want to put a seat belt on,then 10 airbags are a must.however,they fine us here in aus.

      further research required maybe…

      • Jake Williams

        LOL I think Able means USP as in Unique Selling Point.

  • JustCurios

    What’s so great about cars “tuned for Australia”? If conditions in other countries, such as USA, can be equally harsh as Australia, such as,more extreme temperatures, equally rugged country-sides, long distances, hauling capability, etc, wouldn’t cars designed for America be good enough? If one is playing Nationalistic feeling, there is a cost compromise.

    • Simon

      Yes but they still have different climate/humidity etc… it snows in America, where as apart from the snowmy mountains, Australians wouldn’t need the equipment/associated costs/engineering for a car designed for those conditions…

      All countries have roads.

    • Richard

      The first Ford Falcon suffered front suspension problems. The American design didn’t allow for the Australian dust, which destroyed the balljoints. Local testing will surely always have some merit.

  • Simon

    Interested to see the review when it’s done. It just doesn’t look right at the back, they should have put a window in the rear quarter it would improve the look slighly, and not make it look so…..

    Hopefully it will sell though, being Australian built and designed.. although maybe the designers aren’t so favourable representing Australia…. haha

  • Dave S

    Good work Holden. Number 1 selling car. Only small car made in Australia, now available in sedan and hatch.

    Always nice to hear a good news manufacturing story from Australia.

  • Sumpguard

    Ahhhh all the haters. It isn’t the prettiest hatch out there but in those pics above it don’t look too bad, It needs to (and will) sell well to slow down the inevitable move offshore of our remaining manufacturers.

    Good luck Holden.

  • Alldownhill

    Wow, they drove the car to north east Victoria to see if the tail gate would fall of the Korean modified POS. now they can call it Aussie made for Aussie conditions! What a joke.

    • mohamad is right when he

      Lol legend

      • Pro346

        I think Ford should go back to building xf falcons they sold well you know saggy rear suspension ,door handles that dont work,excessive engine fan noise,rust in the rear quarter panel and steering that requires 1/2 lock before the wheels turn yeah that will sell well.

  • Ox

    Good on ya Holden on delivering a locally built small car that people want. Ford made a huge mistake by deciding not to build the focus locally imo.

    • Crummydore

      They backed the right horse… the Gov’t Green Fund contribution has helped their decision to build it.

      All jokes aside, when one has a really good look at the Cruze it presents a very good purchase – big for a small car, good engine (1.4 turbo), not horrible to look at and nice interior – and will no doubt last longer than a Camira!

    • Pro346

      People vote this down because its the truth and it hurts!

  • Lazybones

    Really can’t get excited about such a bland and boring looking car. At the end of the day its a Chevy design with a Holden inspired ar5e. Its makes the commodore look cool.

    • birdie

      man thats saying something

  • Ally

    Am I the only one that thinks it actually looks pretty decent? Good specs, beautiful interior and the exterior looks crisp. Good move, holden.

    • Grr

      Correct, you are the ONLY one …..

    • Dave S

      Ally, you are not the only one.

      It’s a nice looking small car. Enough style not to look bland (i like the series 2 grill over the series 1) and conservative enough so it does not date too quickly.

      Not as bland as Corolla or VW. Not weird looking as Mazda 3 or Elantra.

  • Mr Gaspo

    I don’t like the styling at all… The price is about right… So it will sell. Also the diesel auto’s thirst is dissapointing, VW do it better, albeit at a price.

  • KD

    Saw a Cruze SRiV hatch in Melbourne traffic at 2am a few days ago. Looked way better in real life compared to the pictures.

  • Goodfa

    The Astra which is built on the same platform looks a lot better.

  • Shak

    Damn, the haters got in very early today. Oh well, sales will tell the whole story. On a side note, that red SRi-V looks pretty nice.

    • Bangel

      But put it alongside a mazda 3 and it looks very ordinary , but it will be the no1 seller by early next years as bogans downsize from crummers .

      As long as its got the LION badge on , it will sell to unimformed dumbo’s .

      • Bent 8 Brigade

        Yeah cause the Mazda 3 with it’s Thomas the Tank Engine front looks so cool hey bunghole

        • Bangel

          No spent8 its more about style, quality interior ,superior engines , much nicer colours and general up market feel .

          The crude looks cheap , nasty colours , the ugliest of the koreans , still daewoo tried hard , maybe next time .

          • Captain Nemo

            Bungel you need to get your eyes tested champ.

            Mazda 3 comes in White/Silver/Grey/Black/Red & similar shades of Blue to the Cruze.

            Only difference the 3 can be had in a bronze colour so are you saying the Mazda has nasty colours too?

  • Kiran

    id prefer a Camira- at least it had a better name

    • Crummydore

      In Aboriginal it means ‘Mountain Peak’, or something like that if memory serves me well.

      • Crummydore

        Random information of the night…

  • Neil

    Cruze interior could do with a bit more colour really. Not too sure why Holden has never showed interest in the more colour diverse options offered by Chevrolet in the US. Bit of red or blue fabric material where there is currently mass expansions of black plastic would be a nice change.

    • Force-15

      As far as I know the SRi versions can be optioned with (a rather odd-looking shade of) blue fabric with certain exterior colours. It would be nice to see some red fabric though (or better still, improve the switchgear, fuel consumption on the diesel automatic and have a decent 2-litre petrol engine in place of the current 1.8L Ecotec).

  • Tunfesh

    As a hatch, it is merely an version of the previous Astra with a nosejob.

    while they’re at it, if they really wanna increase their market share, they they could easily give it bigger springs, side skirts, deeper front and rear end spoilers, bigger wheels and market it as a fuel efficient SUV.

  • Westie

    Holden have done a wonderful job grafting a hatch on the back of a old generation Korean car and integrating it so superbly that it still looks old generation Korean ugly.
    Obviously the priority was too make this, and the new Barina “Korean compatible”, ie overstyled, oversized lights, lots of bling and plastic shiny bits inside. Think current Hyundai.
    Kia and (shhhh) Ssanyong seem to be trying to go a bit more Euro (with German and Italian help)
    But anyway, the thing is cheap and a Holden, so it’ll sell it’s fat butt off.
    Be interesting to see if the diesel auto fuel economy is the usual Holden 2l/100ks optimistic. If so, it makes the whole effort pointless.
    Wonder if the usual Holwoo urban running DPF problems have been fixed?

  • Theo

    not a ford or holden fan..but we should realise that this car either assembled or manufactured in australia creates jobs.

    for all the unaustralian ‘knockers’ dont complain when holden or ford pack up shop and move their operations overseas…because this will happen sooner or later.

    • Ample Parking

      Theo, it’s hardly unaustralian to want to do things better than they are currently being done. More a case of being sick of how lazy and inefficient some things have become.

      In the opinion of some people, more jobs could be created if the money currently used to prop up 2 American and 1 Japanese carmaker was spent on investing in industries where we can truly compete on the world stage and improve our productivity.

      I’m personally on the fence – can’t decide what I think is the better option.

      But it’s just so small minded and lazy to just slap on the label of unaustralian to opinions that you don’t like.
      Just like the “Love it or go home” stickers on cars.

      Might be hard for some people to believe, but it’s possible to express love for your country by wanting better for it than just sticking with the status quo.

      • Charles Dean

        Industry like what? Say it? Exactly..

        • Ample Parking

          Exactly what? Grow up.
          Not everyone can sit at their computer constantly refreshing the page and instantly commenting every time someone challenges their comments.

          Did you even read what I wrote?
          I said some people think that.
          And I said that I’m on the fence personally.

          But I’ll give you one industry as an example off the top of my head, (even though in this case the auto workers wouldn’t be catered for, they would need to move into the mining or service or other manufacturing areas). Medical research – Australia punches well above it’s weight, has seen government funding slashed in very productive areas, saves lives and improves the world, and so on. But without the funding, less people can be hired, less medical advances made, less new Australian owned medical technology / medicines to be produced.

          But that’s just one example to illustrate the point.

          • Dave S

            Firstly, I think you underestimate the number of people involved in our Automotive industry.

            Engineers, R&D, designers ect. These people can not just move to a mining site and start digging as you suggest, or can they just join another manufacturing industry because they are cutting numbers too!

            Secondly. Australia does punch above its weight. Dont see many cars around with the same features (RWD 6/ Turbo6 or 8) for the same price anywhere. For the amount of money spent on development some great cars are made in Australia. Our industry is clever and resourceful and needs to be supported – it is a great resourse that adds to our economy in so many ways.

          • Ample Parking

            Dave S,

            Firstly, you on the other hand might be underestimating the amount of government money spent per Auto industry job created / maintained compared to the alternatives.

            Secondly, read my first post, and my second.
            I said I’m on the fence, I’m undecided, I don’t know if the money is as well spent as it could be. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I was purely making the point that some people think that the country might be better off with the money being invested in something else, and that questioning this sort of thing is far from being what some pathetically label as ‘unaustralian.’

          • Ample Parking

            Well done mate, keep voting yourself up, and me down.
            Won’t change anything.

  • Charles Dean

    So beside dimension or badge, why would anyone choose this over a Mazda 3 hatch? The interior of the 3 rips this apart and the exterior of the 3 looks better, has projectors, LED rear lights and yeah much better interior..

    Not that i would get the 3, i’ll be honest i’m a Corolla and Elantra guy because quite frankly this segment is a rip off..

  • barry the towtruck driver

    Very smart looking hatchback.Great lines with modern styling.

    • Bangel

      YES corporal zero very modern , smart as in get smart .

      • barry the towtruck driver

        Bangel wish you would getsmart and dump that veedud.Im not Captain Nemo.

  • john

    Please get rid of the useless 1.8lt motor and put in a Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) engine that has some decent grunt.

    • Icer

      I’ll be honest Toyota’s VVT-I System is quite nice, i have an 05 2.4L RAV4 and the engine is good, power and delivery is quite smooth..

  • anthony

    Saw one the other day,and the sedan looks WAY better,this hatch allready looks dated……..

  • XtraVert

    Did you notice in one of the photos, the GMH boys are having to add radiator coolant to two of the engines!!! Made for Aussie conditions??……..Just Kidding, I think GMH is back on the right track.

    • Johnmarkmorphett

      Its about time remember way back when holden made and designed all their cars in house and aussie or wog everyone flocked to the dealer on any new model was launched some to ooh & ahh, some to upgrade the familly chariot and finally outdo his mate up the street others to put fuel in drive to bathurst and go racing thanks your holden once moore