This more practical hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze was launched in 2011, when the 2008 saloon received a mid-life refresh. That means a more flexible and versatile interior, a big boot and generous levels of equipment and accessories. All for an inexpensive price. The Cruze is a good alternative to many of the more obvious choices on the market. Our recommendation is the 1.7-litre diesel, which combines the car's general comfort with decent economy and power to make decent long-distance cruiser.