Globally Chev has raked in sales thanks to the Cruze, the soft, handsome good looks combined with decent engines, quality interior design and finishes and reasonable prices has made it a popular choice. So much so they have sold 1.13 million since 2009. Locally it has been a hit too, notching up around 400 – 500 units per month and regularly finding itself in the top 15 cars sold in SA.
Adding a hatch to the range was an obvious next step and Chev has tried to differentiate the two cars merely on looks. Lengths are fairly similar, obviously the hatch being a touch shorter than the sedan and the boot on the hatch is 37-litres smaller but still big for its class at 413-litres. Rear headroom in the hatch is also slightly larger than the sedan but all-round the space in the Cruze hatch and sedan is ample.
The hatch intends to play an entry option for the Cruze range, only being available in LT spec (mid spec) with no top end model and no diesel available. Engine-wise there is the 1.6 and 1.8-litre petrol variants from the Cruze Sedan but both have been updated with the introduction of the Hatch. The 1.6 produces 91kW and 155Nm making it one of the more powerful engines in its class. It revs cleanly and has reasonable mid range pull, doing its job as an everyday driver effectively. The step up from that is the 1.8-litre petrol, packing 104kW and176Nm. Although only slightly more powerful the extra torque makes it an easy driver, overtaking is simpler and cruising around requires less gearshifts to keep moving.
There is a high level of standard equipment on the Hatch models with both coming with 16-inch alloys, ESP, EBD, Radio/CD and MP3/USB compatibility and power windows to mention a few.
Chev are aiming the hatch directly at the Korean contenders like the Cerato and i30 but they will also want to look out for the likes of the facelifted Renault Megane and the new Honda Civic, which aren’t a far stretch in terms of pricing. Chev is offering a solid warranty however, with a five-year/120000km and a three-year/60000km service plan.
In the end though if you want a Cruze, there isn’t too much difference between the Hatch and the Sedan so take your pick but in our eyes, the Sedan is more of a looker.
Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback 1.6 LS MT R212,400
Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback 1.8 LS MT R224,800
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 1.6 L MT R201,800
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 1.6 LS MT R215,400
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 1.8 LS MT R227,800
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 2.0 LS MT Diesel R265,300
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 2.0 LT AT Diesel R285,700