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Holden Cruze (2009)

by John Ewing,reviewed October 2009

The General’s new small sedan, the Cruze, is built in South Korea. Buyers can opt for the petrol or turbo-diesel CD or the higher specification petrol-only CDX.

A five-star ANCAP crash rating and good safety features are a plus. Cruze offers competent handling that eclipses many of Holden’s recent small car offerings. Steering is reasonably sharp and consistent but needs more road feel.

The 1.8-litre petrol engine has to be revved to deliver any real ‘go’, the trade-off being it is unpleasantly raucous. The six-speed auto is busy shifting around town and can feel jerky. For improved performance and refinement, the optional 2.0-litre turbo-diesel (add $3000) transforms the car.

Holden Cruze 2009


Safety, standard features


Lazy performance, jerky auto

Key features

Airconditioning, power windows, CD, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, 16” steel wheels


Stability and traction control, ABS, BA, EBD, dual front, front side and full-length curtain airbags

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model Cruze
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2009
Price when new $22,990 (petrol auto)
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 1.8-litre Ecotec DOHC, 16 valves, 4-cyl. petrol
Max power 104 kW @ 6200 rpm
Max torque 176 Nm @ 3800 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 12.5 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 24.4 m
Fuel type ULP
Economy ADR 7.5-litres/100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.