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Holden Cruze Review, For Sale, Interior, Models & Specs in Australia

The Cruze is an important model in Australian automotive history, from its niche beginning as a pioneering small 4x4 offering based on the (Holden-designed) 2001 Suzuki Ignis, to this country's final-ever volume-production small-car range to take on the Toyota Corolla a decade later until Holden's manufacturing cessation in 2017.

From 2009, the Cruze became Holden’s replacement for the German Opel-sourced Astra and ex-Daewoo Lacetti-derived Viva, with substantial Australian engineering. Assembly in Australia started in 2011, introduced a Holden-designed five-door hatch, as well as a raft of improvements over the previously Korean-made version. However, the spacious wagon continue to be imported.

Production wound down in 2016, with the Opel Astra hatch and later wagon returning to Holden's line-up, while the Korean-built Astra Sedan replacement was actually the international Chevrolet Cruze, but failed to fire in Australia. The cheapest grade starts from $13,500, rising to $28,930 for the most expensive version.

This vehicle is also known as Daewoo Lacetti Premiere.

Holden Cruze Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Holden Cruze here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Why is my 2013 Holden Cruze revving and losing power?

    If the engine is revving but the car is not moving, you probably have a transmission or gearbox fault. If the problem was a broken driveshaft or CV joint, the car would just roll to a stop and not move again. But since it gradually lost drive before finally refusing to move, it’s more likely to be the gearbox that is the cause of this.

    Sometimes, this sort of problem can be as simple as a leak from the transmission which has led to a low fluid level. And since it’s the fluid in an automatic transmission that actually provides the drive (by transferring the torque) this can bring on the symptoms you’re seeing.

    At the other end of the catastrophe scale, you could be looking at a gearbox that has failed internally and comprehensively. And I’m afraid to say that this model Cruze did have a reputation for just that occurring. Sometimes the problem could be traced back to a torque-converter, valve body or sensor error, but other times complete transmission failure was the diagnosis.

    Holden actually acknowledged this problem by extending the transmission warranty to 150,000km or five years after the date the car first went into service. Unfortunately, that ended in 2018 for your car. It would still be worth contacting Holden’s customer service department, however, but don’t be surprised if financial help is not forthcoming.

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  • I own a 2010 Holden Cruze. I have an issue with the transmission. The gear is not shifting properly causing high rpm...

    This model Holden Cruze is well known for transmission failures. Symptoms include the inability to select gears, a complete loss of drive or, as you have noticed, flaring in the gears. Unfortunately, this often mean the entire transmission is unserviceable.

    Holden did extend the transmission warranty on these cars to five years or 150,000km, but even at that rate, your car would still be well and truly out of warranty. The first step, however, is to have the car scanned to see if the computer throws up any transmission-fault codes which could tell more of the story.

    In some cases, these cars also experienced failed transmission coolers which allowed the transmission fluid and engine coolant to mix. If that’s the case, you might be able to get away with replacing the radiator, but historically, many of these cases also caused the transmission to fail.

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  • Can I fit a 17 x 7-inch CDX 2010 Holden Cruze rim to a 2010 Holden Cruze CD with 16 x 6.5-inch rims?

    The 17 X 7-inch rim was one of the upgrades Holden gave the Cruze in CDX trim to distinguish it from cheaper models. But since no changes were made to the suspension or bodywork as part of that upgrade, the CDX rim and tyre should fit on the CD model with no problems.

    The only catch might be that you’re then slightly limited in what tyres you can use. Because the 17-inch rim has a one-inch (and wheel and tyre measurements are still universally in inches, rather than metric) larger diameter, you can’t always fit that rim with a high-profile tyre as that might cause clearance problems.

    The best advice would be to stick with the standard tyre specification for the 17-inch wheels. You may find, though, that the lower-profile tyre on the 17-inch Cruze rim might cost you a little in ride comfort terms as the low-profile tyre won’t have the same, softer sidewall and may transmit more movement into the cabin.

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  • My 2013 Holden Cruze transmission has failed completely. Is it worth fixing the transmission or would there be other issues?

    Although it was a reasonably popular car when it was brand-new, it’s fair to say Holden’s Cruze hasn’t aged terribly gracefully. In fact, there has been an ever-growing list of potential problems including (but not limited to) cracked cylinder heads, broken driveshafts, various oil and coolant leaks, not to mention the Takata air-bag recall fiasco. And, as you have discovered, the automatic transmission was a problem-child, too.

    Holden actually extended the warranty of the six-speed automatic to five years or 150,000km, but your vehicle is well outside those parameters. Which means, as you’ve pointed out, you decision now comes down to repair or replace the car.

    This model Cruze varies enormously in price, and your car could be worth anything from $5000 (at which point you’d be over-capitalising with a new gearbox) to $15,000 which would mean it’s worth fixing. Based purely on the kilometres your car has travelled, I’d say its second-hand value is somewhere right about the middle of those two numbers, which muddies the waters ever further.

    Perhaps you should have the rest of the car checked out by a specialist who might be able to give you a more concrete idea of where you stand. Obviously, throwing several thousand dollars at a car that’s about to break somewhere else makes no sense. Remember, too, that selling the car with a broken gearbox means it’ll be worth almost nothing.

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Holden Cruze Wheel Size

The Holden Cruze has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x60 R16 for Wagon in 2018 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2018 Wagon 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2018 Sedan 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2017 Wagon 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2017 Sedan 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2016 Wagon 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2016 Hatchback 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2016 Sedan 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2015 Wagon 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2015 Hatchback 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2015 Sedan 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2014 Wagon 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2014 Hatchback 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2014 Sedan 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Cruze Wheel Sizes

Holden Cruze Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Holden Cruze varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $13,500 and going to $28,930 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2018 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $13,500 $28,930
2018 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $13,500 $28,930
2018 Wagon 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $17,900 $27,610
2017 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,600 $24,970
2017 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,600 $24,970
2017 Wagon 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $15,300 $23,980
2016 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $7,000 $16,060
2016 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $7,000 $16,060
2016 Wagon 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $8,000 $13,750
2015 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $5,800 $14,190
2015 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $5,800 $15,070
2015 Wagon 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $7,000 $17,380
2014 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $5,000 $12,100
2014 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $5,000 $13,200
2014 Wagon 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $6,000 $15,290
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Holden Cruze Fuel Consumption

The Holden Cruze is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7L/100km for Hatchback /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2018 Hatchback 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Sedan 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Wagon 7.4L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Sedan 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Wagon 7.4L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Hatchback 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Sedan 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Wagon 7.4L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2015 Hatchback 6.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2015 Hatchback 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2015 Sedan 6.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2015 Sedan 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2015 Wagon 6.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2015 Wagon 7.4L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2014 Hatchback 6.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2014 Hatchback 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2014 Sedan 6.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2014 Sedan 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN
2014 Wagon 6.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2014 Wagon 7.4L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP AUTO
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Holden Cruze Dimensions

The dimensions of the Holden Cruze Hatchback, Sedan and Wagon vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2018 Hatchback 1477x1788x4518 mm 143 mm
2018 Sedan 1477x1788x4597 mm 143 mm
2018 Wagon 1484x1797x4675 mm 143 mm
2017 Hatchback 1477x1788x4518 mm 143 mm
2017 Sedan 1477x1788x4597 mm 143 mm
2017 Wagon 1484x1797x4675 mm 143 mm
2016 Sedan 1477x1788x4597 mm 143 mm
2016 Hatchback 1477x1788x4518 mm 143 mm
2016 Wagon 1484x1797x4675 mm 143 mm
2015 Sedan 1477x1788x4597 mm 143 mm
2015 Wagon 1484x1797x4675 mm 143 mm
2015 Hatchback 1477x1788x4518 mm 143 mm
2014 Sedan 1477x1788x4597 mm 143 mm
2014 Wagon 1484x1797x4675 mm 143 mm
2014 Hatchback 1477x1788x4518 mm 143 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Cruze Dimensions

Holden Cruze Towing Capacity

The Holden Cruze has maximum towing capacity of 1200kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2018 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2018 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2018 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
2017 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2017 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2017 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
2016 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2016 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2016 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
2015 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2015 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2015 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
2014 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2014 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2014 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
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Holden Cruze Interior

The interior of the Holden Cruze was renowned for being pretty spacious for the size of the car, whether it was the sedan or the hatch. As you'll see in the images, some models had a touchscreen media system, but earlier examples missed out and had a plain looking dashboard. One of the biggest criticisms of the Cruze was that its interior trim and leather felt cheap. 

Shown above are interior details for the Holden Cruze 2016.