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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.

  • 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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  • Is a 2012 Holden Cruze likely to have a faulty gearbox?

    The six-speed automatic transmission in the Cruze built between 2011 and 2013 was, indeed, a bit suspect in some cases. Unfortunately, that puts the vehicle in question right in the middle of things. Holden instigated a fix which was applied when a car with gearbox dramas was brought in for repairs. Sometimes individual parts of the transmission could be replaced, at other times the transmission was replaced as a whole unit.

    Any Cruze with a gearbox that flares during shifts, shudders, refuses to select a particular gear (including reverse) or loss of drive was covered by this special service directive. When fixed, Holden was extending the warranty of the transmission to five years or 150,000km. That won’t help you now, but it would pay to check whether the car you’re looking at has, in fact, had this work carried out. A car with these repairs carried out would be a better choice than one that hasn’t.

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  • Holden Cruze 2010: Failed transmission

    As the vast majority of Holden Cruzes sold were automatics, finding out information on the manual version is not so easy. But I have heard of a few cases of this model suffering transmission faults where the gearbox becomes jammed in gear (and won’t come out) or jammed in neutral (and won’t select a gear).

    If that’s the case, then it could be a case of a broken or faulty gear-selector cable or mechanism and may not mean the entire gearbox is toast. Either way, I’d expect more than 120,000km of service in a modern car before the gearbox died. But you haven’t told me the symptoms, so it’s hard to know what’s going on. Is the clutch okay? Is it a case of the driveshaft (rather than the gearbox itself) having failed?

    As for replacing the gearbox with a brand-new one, I think that finding a good used unit from a wrecking yard would be a much more wallet-friendly exercise. The exception would be if the problem affected all manual Cruzes, at which point, a second-hand replacement would only be postponing the inevitable for a second time. But since the value of the car wouldn’t be more than the cost of a brand-new transmission, the equation comes down to whether you like the car enough to keep it. Is the rest of the car in good condition? If not, you might be better cutting your losses and finding something newer and with plenty of life left in it.

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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, 6 SP AUTO $8,000 $18,990
2016 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $8,000 $18,990
2016 Wagon 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $8,990 $16,990
2015 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $6,500 $16,900
2015 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $6,500 $16,900
2015 Wagon 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $7,888 $14,999
2014 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $5,985 $15,990
2014 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $5,985 $15,990
2014 Wagon 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $5,990 $15,990
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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 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 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.