In the early 2000s the Cruze was a rebadged Suzuki Ignis baby 4WD, though here we're focused on the small car that was initially an import from South Korea before Holden produced the Chevrolet-based Cruze locally, alongside the Commodore.
The hatch that followed a bit after the sedan had significant input from Holden designers, while there was also a Sportwagon variant. Sportier versions were dubbed SRi though weren't genuine hot-hatches.
After model updates in 2013 and 2015, local production of the Holden Cruze ended in 2016.
Sharp pricing and high equipment levels
Comfortable ride and competent handling
Roomy interior; sedan's generous boot space
Enjoyable 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine
Only 1.4L turbo model featured more sophisticated rear suspension
Build quality of early, imported models
Uninspiring 1.8L petrol engine; turbo lag of diesel engine
Hatch's relatively small boot (especially with full-size spare)
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.