The Cruze has a much better cabin than any other Chevrolet model and it looks pretty funky, too. The warranty package will also be tempting
It's not particularly exciting or comfortable to drive and it's not as practical as a hatchback. One highly-specified version means it’s way too expensive.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Cruze hatchback has a range of engines to choose from, but with the saloon, there’s only one, a 2.0-litre turbodiesel providing 161bhp. Performance is entirely reasonable, even if it doesn’t feel as brawny as the numbers suggest. You can also specify your car with a six-speed automatic transmission instead of the standard manual six-speeder.
Ride & Handling
The ride has a jiggly quality, and can really get caught out by more vicious bumps and potholes. As for the handling, it's no better than acceptable. The body doesn't lean unduly in bends, but grip isn't particularly strong. The steering's quickness and lightness can make it feel a little twitchy at speed, and you don't get much feel in corners.
The diesel engine is reasonably subdued when judged in isolation, but it’s nowhere near as smooth or as quiet as the best diesel engines in the small family car class. Wind noise never reaches unacceptable levels, but craggy surfaces can kick up too much road roar.