Holden Cruze – a first look

holden-cruzeHolden Cruze … they’re sure ringing the cash register bells for Holden and for the last two months they’ve been rolling out of the showroom floors at an ever increasing rate.

The current Holden Cruze is built in Korea by Daewoo … a company that has been known to turn out a few less than stellar products in its time … but they seem to have hit the mark with the Cruze. In fact Holden are so impressed that they want to build the Cruze locally and we may see that start to happen some time in 2011.

So what do you get for your dollar in a Holden Cruze?

Well the Cruze comes in only two models … the CD and the CDX … and the price is definitely right. As I write this in mid-March Holden are offering the Cruze CD from only $23,990 drive away, no more to pay.


For that price you get a car that has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, six airbags, a six-speaker audio system with MP3 compatibility. You also get a 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine, and five-speed manual transmission.

Interestingly the manual version gives slightly better fuel consumption figures than the auto and Holden claim that the manual returns a combined economy figure of 7.0L/100km while the auto will give you 7.5L/100km.

There’s also a 2.0-litre diesel available in the Cruze CD and once again the manual version gives better economy figures than the auto with 5.7L/100km for the manual and 6.8L/100km for the automatic. The green rating for the petrol engine is 7 and 7.5 for the diesel.

The 1.8-litre petrol engine delivers 104kW of power and maximum torque of 176Nm arrives at 3,800 rpm while the 2.0-litre diesel delivers 110kW of power and maximum torque of 320Nm arrives at 2000 rpm.

The Holden Cruze CD runs on 16 inch steel wheels but the Cruze CDX is fitted with 17 inch alloy wheels. A full-size spare is available in both petrol models but the Cruze Diesel comes with a tyre sealant and air-compressor kit.


Both the Cruze CD and the Cruze CDX have a single disc sound system with MP3 and USB/iPod compatibility and controls for the sound system are included on the steering wheel.


As you would expect, both the CD and the CDX come with air-conditioning as standard and both models have 6-way adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seats. The CD has cloth seat trim while the CDX comes with leather for the seats, the gear knob and the steering wheel.

The front and rear side windows are power operated in both the Cruze CD and CDX.


The dashboard
The dashboard features large speedo and tacho along with smaller fuel and temperature gauges. Between the main gauges in both models is what Holden calls a “Driver Information Display”. Information displayed here includes the gear the car is in (if it’s an automatic), odometer and trip computer functions, distance to empty, average fuel consumption and average speed.

More information is included in the Graphic Information Display that sits at the top of the centre stack. The information that can be displayed here includes time, date, vehicle personalization settings, audio information, air conditioning information and what the temperature is outside.

I’ve already mentioned the Electronic Stability Control, ABS and traction control both there’s even more in both models. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution is standard as is Brake Assist.

Other safety items that are standard on both the Holden Cruze CD and Cruze CDX include front airbags, side curtain airbags and side impact airbags, a safety diagnostic module, passenger safety cell, force limiters and seatbelt pretensioners.

Rear parking sensors are standard only on the Cruze CDX. Halogen headlights are standard on both models but front fog lamps are only available on the Cruze CDX.


Luggage space
There’s plenty of storage space for small items throughout the car and the boot is a reasonable 400 litres. This can be increased by folding down one or both of the 60/40 split-fold rear seats that are standard on both models.

With a list of standard features like those mentioned above and great fuel consumption it’s no wonder that the Holden Cruze is popular with the buying public.

Here at AussieMotoring we’re eager to get hold of one next month and put it through its paces because we’ve not had a positive Daewoo experience in the past and it will be interesting to see if they’ve lifted their game with the Cruze.

Update 04.10.10
Down in the comments you’ll a question regarding the colour of the upholstery in the Holden Cruze. The guys at Holden are always extremely helpful and now I can show you the answer to the upholstery question. The two colours are Jet Black and Dark Pewter although the tones do vary depending on whether the upholstery is leather or cloth.

The leather upholstery with Jet Black on the left and Dark Pewter on the right
The leather upholstery with Jet Black on the left and Dark Pewter on the right
The cloth upholstery with Jet Black on the left and Dark Pewter on the right
The cloth upholstery with Jet Black on the left and Dark Pewter on the right

I should also note that our test drive back in April didn’t happen … unfortunately some family health issues got in the way and we had to postpone it.

Holden Cruze – a first look

9 thoughts on “Holden Cruze – a first look

  1. “Interestingly the manual version gives slightly better fuel consumption figures than the –manual– ++auto++ and Holden claim that the manual returns a combined economy figure of 7.0L/100km while the auto will give you 7.5L/100km.”

    I believe that the second instance of the word ‘manual’ should read as ‘auto’ instead.

  2. Hi,
    can you PLEASE enlighten me as to the function/purpose of the little black ball (that looks like a camera) that is located in the middle of the dash – between the vents – directly in front of the windscreen, inside the car of course.
    It’s driving me mad with curiosity and concern that “my boss is watching me”.. 😀

  3. Hi Lesley

    The little black ball that you refer to is not spying on you … it’s actually a sensor and our local Holden dealer tells me that it’s the sensor that controls the automatic headlights.

    As the sensor is continually testing the amount of light that it’s seeing to decide whether or not it should turn on the headlights.

    Those little balls are becoming quite common in new vehicles and some vehicles have more than one … from memory the new Toyota Prado has two of them.

    Hope that makes you feel a little comfortable about driving the Cruze 🙂


  4. Stuart thank you for your article. I have been looking at the Holden Cruze site, but am unable to find what colours the cloth trim is available in.

    Regards Noel

  5. Hello Noel

    Unfortunately my contact at Holden is at the Ute Muster at Deniliquin at the moment so I can’t get a definitive answer … and the Holden website is having a few problems too.

    However I think the answer to your question is that there’s only one colour … Dark Pewter … a very dark gray colour. I will check on Monday though and post the answer here.

    Noel my contact at Holden now tells me that there are two upholstery colours available … Jet Black and Dark Pewter … and he even gave me a couple of images to post to show the differenece in shades between the leather and cloth versions.


  6. Can you tell me if its possible to adjust the aircon temperature in the holden cruze 2010 or is it set at one temp? Thanks.

  7. I love the driving feel of the 2010 Cruze. Have had my manual in the CD for 3 weeks now, and still love the gear box. Question though: has anyone been successful in using the USB port in the 2010 CD Cruze? The manual states that you can play music directly from a USB but to this day I have not been able to get it working. Other than this the Cruze has perfect leg room, drives well and is nice to look at.

  8. Jodie you can take your car back to the dealer for warranty repairs at any time in the warranty period and that’s what I would be doing.

    You don’t have to wait till the first service comes around.

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