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Holden Cruze Sportwagon CDX 1.8 (2013)

by Barry Green,reviewed April 2013

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.

Holden Cruze Sportswagon CDX 1.8 2013


Space, safety, equipment level


Engine lacks oomph, warranty not as good as some

Key features

Immobiliser, keyless entry, alarm, 17” alloys, bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control, rear park sensors, six-stack CD player with MP3, USB, heated front seats, leather, climate-control airconditioning


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability/traction control

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model Cruze Sportwagon CDX 1.8
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2013
Price when new $29,040^ MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 1.8-litre, DOHC 16-valve, petrol 4-cyl
Max power 104kW @ 6200rpm
Max torque 176Nm @ 3800rpm
Braking from 80 km/h 24.7m
Economy ADR 7.4 litres/100 km
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.