EASY RIDER: Effortlessly Cruze at home, city and on open road


I have always admired the Chevrolet Cruze with its unique stance and styling on the road. When General Motors recently launched a hatch version of this world-class vehicle, I wondered why they would want to fix a winning formula that definitely wasn’t broken.

A few months back, I was lucky enough to review the sedan version and I have just handed back the hatch version which I enjoyed driving for the past week.

I can now confirm that the Cruze Hatch is a sporty, fully responsive, fun version of the sedan. Everything about this car is easy – from the clutch to the steering to the gear change, it all glides effortlessly as if by telepathy.

Our test model, the standard issue Cruze Hatch 1.8 LS, came fully-loaded with all the bells and whistles one would expect of a much more expensive vehicle such as multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB / auxiliary input, adjustable steering column and cruise control.

The 1.8 LS model provides a nippy 104 kW of power, 176 N.m of torque and a claimed consumption of 9 L / 100km around town.

Safety features include most of the alphabet - ABS with EBD, BAS, ESP, TCS, six airbags, with passenger de-activation and ISOFIX child seat anchorages. A 5 year / 120 000km warranty and roadside assist, a 5-year / unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty and a 3 year / 60 000km service plan all come standard.

I really enjoyed driving the Cruze as it is a great all-rounder. The interior is spacious, the ride quality is good, there is ample luggage space in the hatch plus it has a responsive motor for town and country driving with a smooth, effortless feel.

It lacks for nothing in extras and entertainment and the cockpit is ergonomically designed to put everything at your fingertips. The Cruze Hatch is a great choice as a family vehicle or for business use. It is smart, functional and extremely capable – a sensible choice!

To test drive a Chevrolet Cruze Hatch today, call 041 402 9000 or visit www.chevrolet.co.za.