$25,790 – $29,790
Good: Punchy 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine; Fuel economy; Value for money; Spacious interior.
Not so Good: Aging 1.8-litre petrol engine; No inclusion of 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine.
Design and Engineering
Good : Arriving down under in January 2013, the Cruze Wagon is aimed to please small families that want a little extra room.
The Holden Cruze Sportwagon is every bit as stylish as its sedan and hatch siblings, featuring smooth European lines.
From side on the Cruze Sportwagon has a stretched out rear end and a sloping roofline that gives the wagon a sleek appearance.
Not so good : Overall the Cruze Sportwagon does alright in the looks department, but at the same time it doesn’t do anything new.
Interior and Styling
Good : The centre console is stylish and modern, we really like the light blue instrument illumination.
Sitting behind the steering wheel is a set of classy looking dials that feature chrome highlights running around the edges – we think they are a nice little touch.
Seating is quite comfortable offering up good levels of support, while the back seats offer adequate levels of comfort.
The rear cargo area can stack up to 500 litres with the seats upright and expanses to 1478 litres with the seat folded down.
Not so good : Rear seats could offer more under-thigh support for adult passengers.
Good : The Holden Cruze Sportwagon comes with the choice of two engines, one petrol and one diesel.
First up is the 1.8-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 104kW of power and 176Nm of torque.
And, the more frugal of the two is a 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, producing 120kW of power and 320Nm of torque.
Both engines are matched to a 6-speed Sports Automatic transmission as standard.
We are a huge fan of the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel, it’s perfect for smooth, care free driving, and it’s frugal too!
Not so good : The 1.8-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol engine just doesn’t cut it, when compared to the great 2.0-litre diesel and the 1.4-litre turbocharged (sedan and hatch).
Ride and Handling
Good : It’s no surprise the Cruze’s Wagon handles our roads quite well, the suspension has been specifically calibrated for our roads, providing a smooth, uninterrupted ride. It is perfect for daily driving, equally in traffic or on the open road.
Not so good : The Cruze Wagon misses out on the Watts link rear suspension system that provides the 1.4-litre sedan and hatch with it’s great handling. It also gets hydraulic (rather than electric) steering.
Buying and Owning
Good : The five-star ANCAP safety rating is a big plus, safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and collapsible pedals.
High levels of equipment come standard making the Cruze Wagon great value for money.
Not so good : Again the aging 1.8-litre matched to the 6-speed automatic isn’t the Cruze Wagon’s strongest point.