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Holden Cruze Review, For Sale, Models, Interior, Specs & News

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 2006 Holden Cruze is stuck in Park?

    The gearshift in your Cruze is operated by a cable. When it’s working properly, one end of the cable attaches to the gear-lever in the cabin and the other end attaches to the selectors on the transmission that physically select Drive, Reverse or Park. If the gear-lever is moving but the selectors aren’t, there’s usually one of three possibilities. Either the cable has fallen off at the gear-lever, it’s fallen off at the gearbox end or, the cable has snapped or broken.

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  • My 2004 Holden Cruze manual is getting oil in the number two spark plug tube. Where could it be coming from?

    Like a lot of relatively modern engine designs, the Cruze uses a spark plug centrally located in the cylinder head. That means that it’s between the two camshafts in the Holden’s case, and that means the spark plug lead needs to effectively pass through the rocker cover to attach to the spark plug. In turn, that means that the spark plug sits at the bottom of a tube that forms an oil-tight chamber between the inside of the tube (where the plug lives) and the inside of the rocker cover (which has oil flinging around inside of it when the engine is running).

    The problems start when the seal at the bottom of that tube fails and allows oil to seep into the tube from the rocker cover. That’s when you’ll see the oil you described. The fix is to remove the rocker cover and replace either the whole gasket, or the O-ring seal (depending on the design). If it’s the latter, don’t just replace the one that’s leaking now, replace all of them as the rest won’t be far behind the one that’s already leaking. O-rings and gasket start to become hard and brittle as they age, and that’s when leaks will occur. This is not a huge job to fix, but left unchecked, it can allow the engine to begin to misfire.

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  • Can I do a service on my 2010 Holden Cruze myself?

    The short answer is that home servicing is, indeed, possible. The expanded version of the same answer is that you need to know not only the basics of the mechanical bits and pieces you’ll be dealing with, but also have a clear idea of what’s involved in each service.

    We think of servicing as changing the oil and spinning on a new oil filter. But it’s not that simple. Modern cars (and I’ll put a 2010 Cruze in that category) have a strict regime of things that need to be attended to at each service interval, and that list changes as the car covers more kilometres. Ignoring any one of the prescribed servicing tasks means you run the risk of having something fail, wear out or somehow go wrong at the least convenient time.

    Depending on the distance your car has travelled, the next scheduled service could include things such as changing the air filter, pollen filter, rotating the tyres, changing the automatic transmission fluid, replacing the park plugs and leads, flushing the cooling system, replacing the timing belt, checking brake rotor and pad thickness, and checking dozens more things like the car’s bulbs, drive-belt condition and wiper-blade condition.

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  • How do you check transmission oil in a Holden Cruze 2009 and where is the fuel filter located?

    It used to be the case that you could simply, quickly and easily check a car’s transmission fluid by looking at the transmission dipstick. In the case of the Holden Cruze, that’s not the case and clearly, the manufacturer doesn’t want anybody unauthorised attempting to check the fluid level. That and the fact that a transmission without a dipstick is cheaper to make.

    Without a dipstick, the fluid level is set when the transmission fluid is changed as part of a service. The transmission when refilled is then warmed to a pre-determined temperature and a small bung removed from the side of the transmission near the driveshaft. If the level is correct, there should be a drop of two of fluid leak from this hole. Clearly, this is not a job for the home mechanic, but that’s how a workshop does it.

    On the diesel-engined Cruze, the fuel filter is located in front of the driver’s side rear wheel, under the floor and next to the fuel tank. You may have to remove the plastic under-floor panels to gain access to the filter. In the petrol version of the Cruze, the filter is located in the driver’s-side rear wheel arch and, in either case, you’ll need to get under the car to change them, so make sure the car is safely supported.

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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 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.