Holden Cruze updated: starts below $20k, hotter turbo, looks the same

To counter falling Cruze sales at time when its competitors are ringing the tills like never before, Holden has made some dramatic changes to its locally assembled Cruze sedan and hatch, none of which include altering its looks.


Highlights

For the sporty SRi and SRi-V Holden has junked the outgoing model’s eco-focussed 1.4-litre turbo petrol in favour of a 132kW 1.6-litre turbo petrol; the 1.4-litre is still available elsewhere in the range. The starting price for the updated range has been reduced to under A$20k — A$19,490 to be exact — and stands out from the small car crowd by offering the 7-inch touchscreen MyLink entertainment system and 17-inch alloys as standard.

The range

The entry-level model has been rebranded from CD to Equipe, and the starting price slashed to A$19,490. Standard on the Equipe is the 1.8-litre petrol engine and a 5-speed manual (engine details below), new comfort suspension settings, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, front fog lights, 6 airbags, stability and traction control, automatic headlights, and power windows. The app-ready MyLink entertainment system has a 7-inch touchscreen, steering wheel controls, CD slot, USB port and Bluetooth.

Options include a 6-speed (A$2,220) with the standard 1.8-litre engine, 1.4-litre turbo petrol with 6-speed auto (A$3,700) and 2-litre turbo-diesel with 6-speed auto (A$6,200).

For those who care more for luxury than sporty handling, there’s the sedan-only CDX that’s priced at A$24,190 and has the 1.8-litre engine mated with a 5-speed auto by default. Features the CDX gains over the Equipe include reversing camera, proximity entry, push button start, metal-look dashboard accents, comfort suspension and leather seats with heating elements for those up front. The 2-litre diesel with 6-speed auto is a A$4,000 option.

On the sporty side of the ledger, the A$22,490 SRi is hoping to win your business. It comes standard with a larger and new-to-Holden 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. Over the Equipe you’ll notice a new locally tuned sports suspension settings, bolstered seats, leather on the steering wheel and gear shifter, body kit and Bridgestone tyres. A 6-speed auto adds A$2,200 to the price.

Topping out the range overall is the sporty SRi-V that begins at A$26,490. Again it features the new 1.6-litre turbo, 6-speed manual and local sports suspension. Over the SRi you’ll notice larger 18-inch alloys, metal-look interior, leather seats, heated front seats, climate control, reversing camera, proximity entry and push button start.

Engine data

1.8-litre petrol
104kW of power
175Nm of torque
5-speed manual or 6-speed auto transmission
Fuel economy: 7L/100km (manual) to 7.4L/100km (auto)

1.4-litre turbo petrol
103kW of power
200Nm of torque
6-speed auto transmission only
Fuel economy: 6.8L/100km

2-litre turbo-diesel
120kW of power
360Nm of torque
6-speed auto transmission only
Fuel economy: 6.7L/100km

1.6-litre turbo petrol
132kW of power
230Nm of torque
6-speed manual or 6-speed auto transmission
Fuel economy: 7.4L/100km (manual) to 7.9L/100km (auto)

Dimensions

Length: 4,590mm (sedan) / 4,518mm (hatch)
Width: 1,797mm
Height: 1,477mm
Wheelbase: 2,685mm

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]