Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze is the firm's rival to the VW Golf and Ford Focus. Available in saloon and station wagon bodystyles, as well as a more practical hatchback, the Chevrolet Cruze looks stylish on the outside, and the interior is a big step forward in both design and quality from the older Chevrolets in the range. The Chevrolet Cruze drives well, although the petrol engines are underpowered and the diesel is noisy. All Chevrolet Cruzes get height-adjustable driver's seats, air conditioning and MP3-compatible stereos, and all benefit from a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

Chevrolet Cruze hatchback

Price 
£14,800 - £19,695
5 Doors
2.5 / 5
Pros
  • Spacious interior
  • Value for money
  • Powerful diesel engine
Cons
  • Average build quality
  • Looks not to everyone’s taste
  • You can't buy a new one any more

The hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze was a lot more practical than the saloon, but despite that, it took a long time before Chevrolet launched it. Apart from that wide-opening tailgate, the Cruze hatchback was identical to the saloon, with the same range of efficient – if rather noisy – diesel engines and plenty of standard equipment for a price tag that undercut rivals such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Despite that, the Cruze – and Chevrolets in general – didn't sell in big enough numbers, which resulted in the brand pulling out of European markets, including the UK.

Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon estate

Price 
£15,900 - £21,300
5 Doors
3.7 / 5
Pros
  • Lots of space
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Economical 1.7-litre diesel engine
Cons
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Petrol models feel quite slow
  • You can't buy a new one any more

The Chevrolet Cruze SW wasn't the most obvious choice for a family estate car, but it was good value for money and reasonably attractive-looking, too. The 1.7-litre diesel was the pick of the engine range, providing decent performance and impressive fuel economy, albeit with a fair amount of engine noise. But you can no longer buy a Chevrolet in the UK, so if you think the Cruze SW is for you, you'll need to have a look in the used-car classifieds.

Chevrolet Cruze saloon

Price 
£19,795 - £20,095
4 Doors
2.5 / 5
Pros
  • Bargain price tag
  • Smart, attractive styling
  • Lots of space and equipment
Cons
  • Not very exciting to drive
  • Not as practical as the hatchback
  • You can't buy a brand-new one any more

The four-door Chevrolet Cruze saloon was based on the Vauxhall Astra and designed to offer a big-car feel for a small-car price. It was reasonably successful, too, but never sold in the kind of numbers that Chevrolet wanted. This is part of the reason the company no longer sells new cars in the UK.