Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Reliable Package; Honest Little Workhorse Has Surprising Space

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Reliable Package; Honest Little Workhorse Has Surprising Space

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VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Holden Cruze Z-Series Sedan.

Details: Four-door small front-wheel drive sedan.

Engine: 1.8-litre four-cylinder generating maximum power of 104kW @ 6300rpm and peak torque of 175Nm @ 3800 rpm.

Transmission: Five-speed manual (as tested) or six-speed automatic.

Consumption: 7.0 litres/100km (manual, combined average); 7.4L/100km (a).

CO2: 165g/km (m); 176g/km (a).

Bottom line plus on-roads: $22,390.

By Grant Edwards

NOT so long ago things were simple. We loved football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars.

Nowadays there are four kinds of football, pies are being filled with all sorts of healthy stuff that doesn't even resemble meat, we're eating our prized mascot and there are now more than 60 marques for sale Down Under.

Holden is no longer number one on Australians' automotive shopping lists, and in a couple of years all of its cars will be imported from the General Motors stable.

But the Holden brand still maintains a strong foundation in Australia and there are lofty plans to bring it back into sales pole position.

Over recent months we've seen a swag of good cars with some awesome extras thrown into the mix which deservedly attract attention.

Among them has been the Cruze sedan, and we sampled the base model Z-Series that is currently available for a very sharp $22,990 drive-away.

Comfort

Small in stature doesn't necessarily translate inside.

The Cruze is a 'super small' car, and the sedan offers four adults impressive comfort. Three adults can fit across the bench seat although that's best left to short journeys.

Getting some excellent equipment at this price point, like the leather trimmed pews and colour touch-screen, the Cruze presents as good value.

Inoffensive plastics are used across the dash, console and doors, with the leather trimmed gear lever, park brake and steering wheel providing refined touch points. A brushed aluminium look console finish helps break up an otherwise dark cabin.

All seats have reasonable support in the right spots, and the driver has basic analogue guards which are simple to read in the three ring cluster. There is a handy digital trip computer which can be changed to feature a speedo for ease of use.

On the road

Reliable and honest, the 1.8-litre four-cylinder doesn't feed those with a need for speed.

Around town and on the highway it does the job reasonably well, but we were calling for the whip on several occasions up some steep inclines. You have to work it up into the rev range and pluck low gears on hilly terrain, but it will work when set to task.

Another cog would be handy when pushing the national speed limit, as it hovers around 3100rpm at 110kmh.

Steering is light, which makes it a useful performer in tight car parks and around town. …

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