Holden has expanded its popular Cruze range with the inclusion of a Sportwagon, sourced from Korea.
However, the choice is limited compared to the locally-built Hatch and Sedan: CD, with either 1.8-litre petrol engine ($25,790) or 2.0-litre turbo-diesel ($29,790), and the premium 1.8-litre CDX – as per our test vehicle – for $29,040.
A six-speed auto is the only transmission offered.
Among the Hatch and Sedan models, the 1.8-litre CD is the volume seller, but performance is more mid-pack rather than class-leading, and this is the case with Sportwagon. Cruze is big for what is categorised as a small vehicle, and Sportwagon is 157mm longer than the Hatch and 60mm longer than the Sedan. There is slightly more headroom in the front and rear, but it is in the cargo area where the Sportwagon excels with 686 litres of space, compared to 445 for the Sedan and 413 for the Hatch. Drop the split-fold rear seats, though, and it expands to a significant 1478 litres. (Note: these numbers are with inflator tyre kit fitted, not no-cost optional full-size spare wheel).
So much for the obvious differences. Sportwagon drives very much the same, offering a supple ride and handling attributes that would satisfy most buyers in this segment. The standard equipment list is impressively extensive.
^ Manufacturer's list price.