2013 Holden Cruze Sedan And Hatch On Sale In Australia

Tony O'Kane | Mar 8, 2013

Holden has announced pricing for the model year 2014 Holden Cruze range, with dramatically improved value-for-money and substantial revisions to its mechanical package.

Holden has dropped the CD from the Cruze line-up, replacing it with the Cruze Equipe. The price of entry also falls below the $20,000 barrier, with the Cruze 1.8 manual retailing for $19,490.

The range now comfortably ducks under the $30,000 mark too, and Holden says up to $4000 of extra value has been added to the Cruze SRi.

Although visually similar to the pre-update model both inside and out, the 2014 Cruze packs in more equipment to boost its appeal on the showroom floor.

Holden has also added a new engine to the range, equipping the SRi and SRi-V with a potent new 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine. A raft of suspension revisions have also been made to improve cornering performance in those models.

Mechanical Package

The headline change is the replacement of the previous SRi variant's 1.4 litre turbo engine with a 1.6 petrol turbo. Producing 132kW and 230Nm, the new 1.6 is the same as that used by the Opel Astra GTC, and has 29kW and 30Nm more than the 1.4 turbo.

The 1.4 turbo remains available in the base model, albeit in automatic form only. The 104kW/175Nm 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 120kW/360Nm 2.0 litre turbo diesel carry over unchanged.

All engines are available with a six-speed automatic transmission, and Holden has made a myriad of tweaks to improve shift mapping and shift quality.

New internal components give the revised six-speed auto faster, crisper shifts, and SRi variants also gain a sport shift mode that incorporates a predictive downshift function. Unfortunately, the diesel models miss out on the improved automatic trans.

Holden has refined the Cruze's suspension package too, and all petrol models get new spring and damper rates.

The Equipe and CDX models feature a comfort-oriented suspension tune, while the SRi and SRi-V enjoy a sports-tuned chassis with a more rigid rear axle, firmer springs and dampers plus high-performance tyres on the SRi-V.

While the outgoing Cruze CD 1.4 was fitted with a Watts-link rear suspension, the 2014 Cruze CD 1.4 gets the same rear axle as the 1.8 and 2.0 diesel. The SRi and SRi-V retain the rear Watts linkage.

Features

Starting with the entry-level Cruze Equipe, the feature list has been expanded for 2014 with the addition of front fog lamps, 17-inch alloys and rear parking sensors. That's on top of the already-standard auto headlamps, trip computer and cruise control.

The CDX gains a reversing camera, keyless entry and ignition, climate control and leather upholstery on the seats, steering wheel and gearshifter , while the SRi-V adds 18-inch alloys to that list.

The SRi goes without the leather seats, climate control, rear vision camera and proximity key.

All models come standard with Holden's new MyLink infotainment system. MyLink offers the usual audio functions of a CD player, USB auxilliary input and radio tuner, but also has integrated Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming.

Not only that, but MyLink can also connect to the internet via a phone's 3G data connection, and in its present form is able to stream music through Pandora and Stitcher music "apps".

The system is also expandable, with Holden expecting new apps (not necessarily music-related) to become available in the near future.

By mid-year MyLink will also be able to integrate with the Siri voice-activated assistant on iPhones, and the SRi-V will gain satellite navigation as standard.

Safety equipment includes stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD and brake assist, along with a suite of six airbags (front, front side, full-length curtain.

The Cruze retains its 5-star ANCAP crash safety score.

PRICING (excludes on-roads)

The 2014 Holden Cruze officially goes on sale at the start of April.

  • Cruze Equipe 1.8 MT - $19,490
  • Cruze Equipe 1.8 AT - $21,690
  • Cruze Equipe 1.4 AT - $23,190
  • Cruze Equipe 2.0 AT - $25,690
  • Cruze CDX 1.8 AT (sedan only): $24,190
  • Cruze CDX 2.0 AT (sedan only): $28,190
  • Cruze SRi 1.6 MT - $22,490
  • Cruze SRi 1.6 AT - $24,690
  • Cruze SRi-V 1.6L MT - $26,490
  • Cruze SRi-V 1.6L AT - $28,690

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  • mel says,
    2 years ago
    6 likes
    Great value,
  • Nathan says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Great new features and a very welcome price cut!
  • FrugalOne says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    They all s/hit themselves when BIG.T[tm.F/0] opened the Corolla batting @$19,990 biggrin

    Next will be the new Golf V11 @$19,990

    ALL the other brands will have to act

    Rather wait the 2013 Lancer, game changer

    • MotorMouth says,
      2 years ago
      2 likes
      Yeah, right. The only Golf likely to be cheap will be even less powerful than a 1.8 Cruze and have a featureless interior. The $19,990 Corolla isn't much better, with 16" steel wheels and pretty lousy standard features compared to a Cruze Equipe - no touchscreen infotainment system, no parking sensors, no fog lights. At least the new Corolla hatch looks funky, although the Cruze looks way better than the Corolla sedan and the SRi actually looks pretty good.
      • FrugalOne says,
        2 years ago
        Yeah, right. The only Golf likely to be cheap will be even less powerful than a 1.8 Cruze and have a featureless interior. The $19,990 Corolla isn't much better, with 16" steel wheels and pretty lousy standard features compared to a Cruze Equipe - no touchscreen infotainment system, no parking sensors, no fog lights. At least the new Corolla hatch looks funky, although the Cruze looks way better than the Corolla sedan and the SRi actually looks pretty good.


        Whats the obsession with kW?

        Toyota Corolla would crap on a Cruze from a great height, if you dont know that u better head back to primary school

        The ONLY reason people by the Cruze is because it has a LionKing badge on it

        Get over it, its low quality quasi antique of a thing

        • MotorMouth says,
          2 years ago
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          You're right, it is not so much about kW as Nm and where you can access them. In that regard, Corolla is still slightly below the 1.8 Cruze, making just 175Nm at 4400rpm (Cruze manages 176Nm at a lower 3800rpm). It is the same engine Toyota have used in the last two models with no improvement to any aspect of it. It is the only engine offered in Corolla, and it doesn't even measure up to the least of Cruze's 4 engine options.

          Corolla might stack up against a lower spec Cruze but Toyota have nothing to compare to an SRi or SRi-V. No disiesel or wagon options, either, and a horrible CVT instead of a proper auto.
  • Redline says,
    2 years ago
    Cruze is just another FWD shopping trolley. The oiler version drives OK in a straight line but understeers badly on downhill corners. As for the Corolla, it's best suited to slow urban environs like shopping centre carparks. Freeway driving requires constant steering corrections to keep it in a straight line.
    • Nathan says,
      1 year ago
      1 like
      My girlfriend has a 2012 Corolla Sport. When sitting on the highway at 110km/h there is NO steering correction required in a straight line.
      As for the new MY14 Cruze; it actually handles quite well. If you want to disagree look at the reviews of EVERY motoring expert. Also I drive a WRX so my expectations are not low.
    • Sezy says,
      1 year ago
      If it requires constant steering correction in a straight line, perhaps you need to get the wheel alignment checked. Just a thought rolleyes
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