Holden’s lo­cally built small sedan has man­aged some­thing few cars or movies can claim . . . the se­quel out­shines the orig­i­nal

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Inside - STU­ART MARTIN stu­art.martin@cars­

Holden has done it again. The new Cruze II might well be the best car made in Aus­tralia.

HOLDEN needs a sec­ond in­car­na­tion that fol­lows in the foot­steps of The Em­pire Strikes Back, The God­fa­ther Part II and Aliens— se­quels that, against the odds, sur­passed the first in­stal­ment.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the Ade­laide-built Cruze brought with it the SRi-V model, pack­ing the Aus­trian-built 1.4-litre low-pres­sure turbo four-cylin­der (shared with the Opel As­tra) and a Watts link rear sus­pen­sion.


The new Cruze flag­ship starts at $27,990— plus $2000 for the auto as tested— and car­ries a strong list of stan­dard equip­ment in­clud­ing leather­trimmed seats with heaters, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel, rear park­ing sen­sors, key­less en­try and start, air­con­di­tion­ing, satnav and pre­mium sound sys­tem (with 10GB of stor­age and live-ra­dio pause func­tion), all con­trolled via a 7-inch colour LCD screen, au­to­matic head­lights and a rear lip spoiler. No­tably ab­sent from the fac­tory fea­tures list is Blue­tooth. A dealer-fit op­tion is about $500.

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