V6/ V8 juice bill. Not only is it a four door with a boot, thus a `` proper’’ car in their eyes, the family resemblance to the big Australian has been made plainer with new fascia, trapezoidal grille, wheels and headlight treatment. Within, the top-spec SRi-V loses nothing to Japanese or German imports in terms of Though it’s easy to engage the right driving position, changing up with the notchy manual stick will bring the elbow into contact with the centre storage compartment. It’s mildly annoying, and it would take some time to get used to. It’s all there, with six airbags, stability program and anti-skid brakes accessed through a pedal that is how one should be, with just enough progression before they bite. Cruze spare is a full size 16-incher. The marriage of the small turbo petrol and its `` old’’ style torque converter auto works more smoothly than the pairing of similar engines with any twin-clutch transmission. Suppression of road noise, vibration and harshness is also class-leading. The new 1.4 is a responsive performer that steers and handles with complete ease. It’s a great pity the Diesel will make up only 20 per cent of Cruze sales, and the manual a fraction within that. For the greater part of the time you could be unaware this is not a petrol engine, so quiet is it on the go. Then you move to overtake and that surge of torque pours on smoothly but assertively, a process served by the clutch’s perfect take up point. The top version of the new Holden shows that less might not be more, but it’s more than enough.