In this day and age with not a hell of a lot of money floating around it’s good to know there are cars like the Holden Cruze SRi. Not because they are cheap, there are cheaper cars that will comfortably carry a load of groceries from the Pack N Don’t Save to your humble abode. But with a retail price of $36,900, the SRi as tested is nothing to be sneezed at. It’s good because of a couple of things, depreciation and economy.
On the inside the new Holden Cruze SRi isn’t exactly bland, it has nice lines, nice splashings of colour with brushed alloy look plastics and touches of coloured cloth trim on the doors and dash, not everyone’s cup of tea, certainly not mine, but there will be many others out there that will love the ‘Chic’-ness of it. Seats are comfortable enough and there is ample room for the kids and all their paraphernalia. I just can’t help thinking that the soft fabric that adds life and colour to the innards of the Cruze might not stand the test of time if older vehicles I’ve seen with similar trim are anything to go by. From experience all it seems to take is a few pokes and prods from inquisitive toddler fingers and toys over time to see stains and holes appear. This could possibly help depreciation, making this car affordable a few years down the track for those of us that can’t afford a new car.
This particular offering from Holden sports a great little engine in the form of the new 1.4 litre iTi (intelligent Turbo injection) engine producing a not at all sluggish 103kW and 200Nm of torques. The turbo is handicapped by a wee bit of lag but when you get used to how to wrangle the throttle pedal to make the most of it, this can be a very fun car to drive and it does seem to prefer a more spirited drive. Even for a turbo the economy is very easy on the wallet with a claimed 6.9 litres per 100kms.
The exterior of the mid size sedan, I have to say, does strike a particular chord with me. The aggressive look from the raked back headlights and front bumper give the Cruze a sporty look completed by the nice alloy wheels. The rear end also looks good but it could be improved perhaps with the addition of clear lenses for the taillights.
All in all this is a good looking car with a well equipped and tidy interior, and it’s perfect if you want a safe runabout for the family, especially as it will well and truly look after them if the unexpected happens, thanks to the 5 star ANCAP safety rating.