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):
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.