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Holden Cruze

The Cruze is a small car from Holden, offered in sedan, hatch and wagon variants, with a range of petrol engines and a turbodiesel.

Not to be confused with the Suzuki-based small SUV that had a brief, appearance from 2002 to 2006, the Cruze was Holden’s replacement for the European-sourced Astra and Korean-sourced Viva, combining Australian engineering with reasonable prices. Launched locally in 2009, with trim levels ranging from the $13,500 Cruze Equipe to the $28,930 Cruze SRi Z-Series, the Cruze’s production moved to South Australia in 2011, built alongside the larger Commodore sedan and wagon. With local car manufacturing winding down, production of the Cruze will return to Korea.

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.

  • Are there any issues with a Holden Cruze 1.6 petrol turbo from 2015 onwards?

    The turbocharged petrol-engined Cruze was the pick of the bunch; smoother and sweeter than the turbo-diesel and packing a lot more punch than the non-turbo petrol version. But they’re not without their potential traps.

    The good news is that the car you’re considering is a 2015 model, so it got the bigger 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and a build date that should have put it beyond the earlier transmission failures of some Cruzes. The earlier, 1.4-litre engine was known for coolant leaks from the water pump, although the later 1.6-litre also seems susceptible to overheating. Some Cruzes with this engine required new thermostat housings to be fitted to correct this, so make sure this has been done by a previous owner.

    The 1.6 turbo also showed problems with the cooling system for the turbocharger unit (as distinct from the above cooling problems). It seems as though the coolant hoses for the turbocharger were underdone when it came to Australian underbonnet heat levels, and a leak could ensue.

    To be completely honest, these cars were a Daewoo design (even though they were built by Holden in Adelaide after 2011) and they seemed a bit short on engineering in some areas. They’re also a car that will become more problematic – relative to some of the competition - as they age. It wouldn’t be my pick for a long-term purchase.
     

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  • Why did I loose acceleration in my 2012 Holden Cruze even though I still had revs?

    If the engine is still revving up but the car isn’t moving, logic says you have a transmission (gearbox) problem. Transmission problems are very well known in the Holden Cruze, and must surely be classified as an inherent fault. Fundamentally, the automatic transmission in your car was a dud from day one, and Holden even announced an extended warranty for it as part of a special service program to replace consumer confidence in the unit. It didn’t work.

    Many Cruzes exhibited the precise behaviour you experienced, and the loss of all drive as well as the check-engine light illuminating are classic indicators of a transmission that either needs new components such as sensors, a valve body or torque converter, or is totally done and needs to be completely replaced. An inspection will be able to determine this. Error code P0776 is what I’m tipping the car will offer up when it’s electronically scanned (which should be your next step).

    Once Holden had fixed these transmissions, it was extending the warranty to five years from when the car first entered service or 150,000km, whichever came first. Obviously, your car is older than that, but it has covered low kilometres and since you’ve had it from new and can verify its service history with a Holden dealer, I reckon it would be worth your while to contact Holden’s customer service division and state your case. Let’s face it, less than 120,000km on a modern car before the transmission blows up is not really good enough, is it?

    You may not get anywhere, but even if you can convince Holden to help with the cost of parts (labour would be nice, too) the financial picture changes dramatically. Without a bit of help from Holden, it may just be that the cost of repairs will be higher than the actual value of the car itself.

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  • Why won't my 2009 Holden Cruze auto change gears?

    The six-speed automatic in your car has experienced a lot of serious problems, Linda. Various components have been blamed, but the symptoms include failure to select Reverse which sounds like the problem you’re having. Other symptoms include flaring between gears, loss of drive, inability to select forward gears and a warning light showing up on the dashboard.

    You might be lucky and simply need a top up of transmission fluid, but going by the history of this gearbox, you need to have the car electronically scanned to know what’s really going on.

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  • What are the known problems for a 2012 Holden Cruze?

    Thanks for getting in touch. As we've outlined in earlier questions about the Cruze, the automatic in cars built between 2011 and 2013 has been an issue, and so the subject of recalls, repairs and/or full transmission replacement. If it starts to shudder, take its time shifting up under acceleration or not go into gear at all, then there's a problem.

    If a Holden dealer carried out the repairs, then they should honour the warranty under Australian Consumer Law for a minimum of five years or 150,000km unless the car is then neglected and/or abused, given that the transmission and coolant system (known problem areas in Cruzes) are major components and thus come with a reasonable expectation of reliability and durability since they're new.

    Unfortunately the Cruze has a reputation for unreliability beyond these issues as well, including ECU (engine control unit) and PCM (power control module) failures (often due to water ingress), positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve failure that makes the car perform sluggishly, and rough engine running due to faulty ignition coils.

    As most of these problems have already been dealt with in the car you're considering, we reckon you might at least have a few years of reliability given the warranty work performed under Holden.

    We hope this helps. Good luck.

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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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Holden Cruze Pricing and Specs for 2018

Holden Cruze Dimensions

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

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2018 Sedan 1477x1788x4597 mm 143 mm
2018 Hatchback 1477x1788x4518 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.