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Holden Cruze SRi-V 1.4 ITI (2011)

by Barry Green,reviewed August 2011

The SRiV iTi with optional six-speed auto is the range-topper in a 14 variant new, Australian-built, Cruze line-up that includes a choice of 1.8-litre petrol, 2.0-litre turbo-diesel and 1.4-litre turbo-petrol, four-cylinder engines.

Prices start at $20,990 for the CD 1.8 with manual transmission.

Equipped with impressive levels of standard gear and safety items, the 2011 Cruze is well-placed to build on the sales success of its predecessor – one of Australia’s top selling vehicles of any kind.

Not all the Cruze range has the model’s new Watts linkage rear end, but the SRiV and SRi do. This performance-biased suspension complements the theme of turbocharged engine and sporty styling (front and rear fascia treatments, aero spoiler, sports rockers and 17-inch alloy wheels). So it looks the part, but does it walk the talk?

Well, the SRiV handles and rides impressively, though performance is more ‘adequate’ than ‘outstanding’.

A VW Golf GTi or Subaru Impreza WRX it’s not. Size and space are on its side, however, and the Cruze pushes the boundaries of what some might call a ‘small’ car (Holden’s categorization).

There’s plenty of smart technology on the SRiV: passive entry and start with sensor key, integrated satellite navigation with full-colour widescreen display and a premium multi-media audio/DVD system with 10 GB hard drive capable of storing some 2000 songs. The system also has the ability to pause live radio for up to 20 minutes.

Holden Cruze SRi-V 1.4 ITI 2011

For

Size and space, safety, equipment

Against

Temporary use spare wheel, weight negates performance

Key features

Air conditioning, power windows, auto headlights, 17” alloys, leather-appointed seats (front, heated), satnav, premium audio, rear park assist, rear spoiler, front fog lamps, steering wheel remote audio and cruise controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC)

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model Cruze SRi 1.4 ITI
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2011
Price when new $29,990 (auto) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 1.4 litre, iTi DOHC, turbo petrol, 4-cyl
Max power 103 kW at 4900 rpm
Max torque 200 Nm between 1850-4900 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 10.6 sec (average, as tested, two occupants)
Braking from 80 km/h 24.7 m (average, as tested, two occupants)
Economy ADR 6.9 litres/100 km (10.9, as tested)
Emissions rating
4 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.