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The only small car still being built in this part
of the world is the Holden Cruze – and it has
just received one final facelift before its
Adelaide assembly stops in 2017. Rob Maetzig
drives the top model.
The Holden Cruze SRi-V, showing off its new nose.
he future might not
be bright for the
Holden Cruze, but
even as its career
winds down towards
a halt to assembly in 2017, it
continues to be subject to various
The latest value-adding
exercise involves a series of little
changes that combine to make the
Cruze a more appealing car.
Most visually noticeable
change has been to the nose of the
car, which now has the same
fascia flanked by new LED
daytime running lights as the
Chevrolet Cruze sold in the
All models boast a suite of
other changes, with the car
benefiting the most being the top
Cruze, the $39,490 SRi-V hatch.
It’s kitted out with new 18-inch
alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers,
and suede seat inserts. The car
also now has the same remote
start functionality as the larger
VF Commodore, which allows
owners to start the car remotely
and use the air conditioning to
heat or cool the interior before
actually getting into the vehicle.
Add those extras to already
available features including
satellite navigation, reversing
cameras and Holden’s very good
MyLink infotainment system, and
it becomes obvious that this
Holden offers excellent value for
The only real downside is that
this model Cruze is getting quite
old and due for international
replacement. There has been no
word yet from Holden Australia
as to if, and when, the Aussie-built
model will be replaced by an
imported model when assembly
workers finally down tools at the
Elizabeth plant on the outskirts of
Meanwhile, this facelifted
Cruze is quite obviously the best
yet, and a perfect example of an
opinion I have always held that
the best buys are often those cars
that are reaching the end of their
model lives – that’s when all the
kinks have been ironed out and
the most value added in.
At the SRi-V level the car is
also a nice performer. Under its
bonnet is a 1.6 -litre turbocharged
petrol engine that develops 132
kilowatts of power and 230 newton
metres of torque, with this torque
reached at a reasonably low
Handling feels good thanks to
the fact this Cruze has a watts
link setup added to its torsion
beam rear suspension, which
makes the car handle much better
than the standard models. And
the new 18-inch wheels add to this
ride and handling security.
The facelifted Cruze SRi-V does
appeal as an interesting new
chapter in the career of this
model. When it was first
introduced here back in about
2009, it was available with only a
1.8 -litre engine which was mated
to an awful automatic
transmission that had a habit of
hunting up and down the gears as
But then the Australians got
involved in improving the car,
and the results were immediate.
Things got even better when a
turbocharged 1.4 -litre engine was
installed into the car, and the
watts linkage was also
introduced. And when that was
followed up by upgrading the
turbo even further to 1.6 litres,
then Cruze became a fine car
It’s a little unfortunate then
that all these improvements have
come at a time when the
Australian assembly of Holden
product is not far away from
That’s sad – but at least this
latest Cruze joins forces with the
Commodore to show the market
just what the Aussie assembly
industry has been capable of.
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