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Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 S Saloon

The Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 S Saloon has caused a major row.

By Stephen Turvil
Jul 14, 2011
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The Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 S Saloon has caused a major row. My friend insists that this medium-size car is simply a glamorised Lacetti – but I believe it is far more complete. Let us consider the evidence. For starters, the Cruze is surprisingly nice to drive. There is plenty of traction, it corners with confidence, and the ride is comfortable. The only issue is the steering feels lighter than a stick-thin supermodel. Despite this, one point to the Cruze.

The Chevrolet Cruze earns further plaudits for it nice specification. Standard features include the: air-con system, electric front windows, MP3 capability, alarm, immobiliser, electric mirrors, CD player, and the electronic stability programme. Excellent for a vehicle that only costs £13,805. Two more points to the Cruze, one for value and one for gadgets.

Next comes the engine. This 1.6-litre 124ps petrol unit propels the Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 S Saloon to 62mph in 10.9 seconds. Not fast, but perfectly acceptable. Furthermore, this five-speed manual averages 43.4mpg and manages up to 55.3mpg on the extra urban cycle. Carbon emissions are 153g/km, so twelve months road tax costs £165. Not particularly economical then, but the low purchase price compensates. Point to the Cruze.

The only significant mark against the Cruze is its bargain-bucket badge. Can you hear my mate rejoicing? Despite the vehicle's unquestionable competence some people judge machines purely on image. Whereas this is daft, it happens – so point to my shameless ex-friend. Still, strong showing for the Chevrolet overall. Car four – doubting Thomas one.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jul 14, 2011