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