Price £14,570 - £18,975
- Spacious interior
- Value for money
- Powerful diesel engine option
- Looks not to everyone’s taste
- Average build quality
- Noisy petrol engines
The hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze is a lot more practical than the saloon - it's a wonder Chevy didn't introduce it sooner. Apart from that wide-opening tailgate, the Cruze hatchback is identical to the saloon, so you get the same range of efficient - if rather noisy - diesel engines, and plenty of standard equipment for a price tag that undercuts rivals such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
Price £15,680 - £20,890
- Lots of space
- Generous standard equipment
- Efficient 1.7-litre VCDi engine
- Petrol models feel slow
- Not much fun to drive
- Suspension can be uncomfortable
The Chevrolet Cruze SW isn’t the most obvious choice if you're looking for a family estate car, but there are definitely reasons you should consider it. For example, it's better value than rivals like the Volkswagen Golf Estate – despite not being quite as spacious – and it's good-looking, too. The engine range isn’t great but stick with the 1.7-litre VCDi diesel and you'll get decent performance and impressive economy.
- Lots of space and equipment
- Bargain price tag
- Relatively attractive styling
- Only available with one engine
- Not very exciting to drive
- Lacks the practicality of a hatchback
The four-door Cruze saloon is based on the current Vauxhall Astra, and sets out to offer a big car feel at a small car price. It boasts lots of space and equipment for the money, but it's not much fun or very comfortable to drive and is only available with one 2.0-litre diesel engine.