2017 Chevrolet Cruze Premier HB

Overview

Cruze is an important model for Chevrolet. The bow-tie brand sold four million Cruze sedans since 2011 making it the best-selling Chevy model worldwide. And Chevrolet expanded the lineup, by introducing a hatchback model to a market of approximately 60K units in Canada.

I think that Canada has become more aware of the merits of compact hatchback recently. In my subjective opinion those cars and an introduction to a “SUVish” market. Cheaper than a comparable SUV model, hatchbacks offer much of the versatility and practicality of this class. And there are very strong competitors too: Models such as VW Golf, Mazda3 Sport, Ford Focus Hatch, and Honda Civic HB are globally successful.

The hatch shares the same global platform under the Cruze sedan, has the same wheelbase and almost the same length. While the sedan production is based in the U.S., the new hatch is built in Mexico. Don’t tell this to the President of the United States.

Interior cabin space is exactly the same and apart from the cooler and sportier design, the main difference originates from the rear cargo space. It is simply more versatile and more practical than the sedan. (It is bigger too: 523L compared to 419 in sedan)

Driving Impressions

Chevrolet offers only one engine: A turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder producing 153 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. Our test vehicle with the range-topping Premier package had a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. With this powertrain the Chevy drives well. Well, obviously this is not a GTI from Wolfsburg. But the ride is settled, communicating well with the road surface and shifts smoothly. I remember my earlier Cruze test with a previous generation model five years ago. By then, I enjoyed the driving with this compact Chevy and appreciate GM’s efforts to create a car that can compete with the Golfs, Corollas and Civics of this world. May the ex-cousin Opel have a share in this automobile refinement?
Fuel Consumption
The official fuel consumption numbers for the gasoline-powered Cruze hatchback are slightly higher than the four-door, at 8.3/6.4/7.4 (city/highway/combined) for the LT manual, 8.1/6.2/7.3 for the LT automatic, and 8.4L/6.4/7.5 for the Premier automatic.
In our one-week, mixed-mode test drive, we came up with an average of 9.2 liters. Not a surprising deviation form the highly theoretical measurements of Natural Resources Canada.
Conclusion
The expansion of the already successful Cruze Family shows the GM takes it very serious to build high-quality, yet affordable compact cars that can compete with the Golfs, Corollas and Civics of the global village.

Type of vehicle: Compact hatchback
Engine: 1.4L DOHC, I4 Turbo W/CWT
Transmission: 6-speed, automatic
Price (base/as tested): $24,645 / $31,085
Destination charge: CAD 1,600
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km): 8.4 city; 6.4 highway

Optional features

Tru North Edition: $4,370 (adaptive cruise control, front collision alert, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam control, rear park assist, side blind zone alert, pwer sunroof, MyLink radio with navigation, Bose sepaker system, automatic climate control, heated rear seats, wireless charging, auto dimming inside mirror, clour driver information centre, driver express up&down power window)

True North Edition credit: -775

RS package: $995 

Power Moonroof: $1,695

Engine block heater: $150

Total Price as Tested: $31,085

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Basak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by Buick Canada (via BHG Media Fleet)

For the most up-to-date and more detailed information, visit:

www.buick.ca

Total Price as Tested: $36,530

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Basak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by GMC Canada (via BHG Media Fleet)

For the most up-to-date and more detailed information, visit:

www.chevrolet.ca

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