Redefining the big small car

Holden's Cruze Equipe gets the once-over.

Holden's Cruze Equipe gets the once-over.

HOLDEN has performed something of a magician’s trick with its Cruze Equipe sedan. Instead of pulling rabbits from a hat, the company is putting drivers in a small car that has lots of room and provides big car features at a small car price.

In fact Holden claims the Cruze has completely redefined small car driving.

Certainly there was a lot to like about the Holden Cruze Equipe sedan supplied for a test drive, not the least of which was the snazzy British racing green colour scheme.

A 1.8 litre DOHC four cylinder engine with maximum power of 104kW at 6300 rpm and torque of 175Nm at 3800 rpm is beautifully mated with a six-speed automatic transmission to give a performance that matches the sporty profile of the Equipe on its 17-inch alloy wheels.

A five-star rated safety package seems to be par for the course now and the Equipe is well up to the mark in this aspect, with electronic stability control, traction control, front and side impact airbags, reversing sensors, and collapsible pedal release system.

Add to that some security pluses like remote keyless entry, an engine immobiliser and automatic headlights that come on at twilight or indeed any low light, as well as a follow-me-home function.

Inside Holden has really ramped up the comfort features. That starts with one of the most basic, easy accesses and egresses thanks to a six-way adjustable driver and passenger front seats.

Cruise control is standard on all Holden Cruzes and there is a trip computer displaying average fuel consumption average speed, distance to empty and more.

But it is the sophisticated six-speaker MyLink entertainment system that really makes the Equipe your happy place. That includes built-in app technology, Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod and auxiliary connectivity, enhanced voice control and hands-free calling.

What all this means is that you can pick up phone, text and email messages perfectly legally while driving.

The power steering makes your zesty little Cruze Equipe a dream to handle, precise and accurate, while the ride is extremely comfortable.

Carrying on that theme of a big-small car, the Equipe has a massive boot and 696 litres of storage space with the rear seats up that is more than doubled to 1478 litres when they are down.

It all adds up to a pretty attractive package, more so when you consider the Equipe costs just $24,990 plus orc, getting down close to used car prices, and offers a new car 3 years/100,000km bumper to bumper warranty.

Value for money, style and comfort, the Equipe has a lot to offer.

HOLDEN has performed something of a magician’s trick with its Cruze Equipe sedan. Instead of pulling rabbits from a hat, the company is putting drivers in a small car that has lots of room and provides big car features at a small car price.

In fact Holden claims the Cruze has completely redefined small car driving.

Certainly there was a lot to like about the Holden Cruze Equipe sedan supplied for a test drive, not the least of which was the snazzy British racing green colour scheme.

A 1.8 litre DOHC four cylinder engine with maximum power of 104kW at 6300 rpm and torque of 175Nm at 3800 rpm is beautifully mated with a six-speed automatic transmission to give a performance that matches the sporty profile of the Equipe on its 17-inch alloy wheels.

A five-star rated safety package seems to be par for the course now and the Equipe is well up to the mark in this aspect, with electronic stability control, traction control, front and side impact airbags, reversing sensors, and collapsible pedal release system.

Add to that some security pluses like remote keyless entry, an engine immobiliser and automatic headlights that come on at twilight or indeed any low light, as well as a follow-me-home function.

Inside Holden has really ramped up the comfort features. That starts with one of the most basic, easy accesses and egresses thanks to a six-way adjustable driver and passenger front seats.

Cruise control is standard on all Holden Cruzes and there is a trip computer displaying average fuel consumption average speed, distance to empty and more.

But it is the sophisticated six-speaker MyLink entertainment system that really makes the Equipe your happy place. That includes built-in app technology, Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod and auxiliary connectivity, enhanced voice control and hands-free calling.

What all this means is that you can pick up phone, text and email messages perfectly legally while driving.

The power steering makes your zesty little Cruze Equipe a dream to handle, precise and accurate, while the ride is extremely comfortable.

Carrying on that theme of a big-small car, the Equipe has a massive boot and 696 litres of storage space with the rear seats up that is more than doubled to 1478 litres when they are down.

It all adds up to a pretty attractive package, more so when you consider the Equipe costs just $24,990 plus orc, getting down close to used car prices, and offers a new car 3 years/100,000km bumper to bumper warranty.

Value for money, style and comfort, the Equipe has a lot to offer.

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Raymond - 3 months ago
It says how much the Equipe cost, so what is the price for the CRUZE? It is not mentioned.

N Sercombe - 1 month ago
Please sit in the front passenger seat before you consider purchasing this car. The headrest is so far forward that it pushes and tilts your head forward and downward. Extremely uncomfortable and can't adjust. Poor design. Designed for safety with no common sense and practical testing. We hired one of these, lasted all of 30 seconds in the car before we had to pull over. Two minutes later we realised that you could not make the headrest comfortable so had to change hire car. The adjustment is only up and down. No tilt or fore and back adjustment. Driver's seat was OK ... not great.
Try before you buy!

John - 1 month ago
No mention of an in-built GPS? GPS is pretty essential these days...especially if you live in a city. Assume you have to buy an external unit. :-(

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