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Cruze Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Cruze



Driving dynamics

Things We Dont Like in Cruze

Slightly dated styling

Cramped rear seat space

Recent Updates of Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze is the company’s entry-level car in the highly competitive compact sedan segment. The car was last updated in 2019. The Cruze is equipped with an 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated, 1.8-litre petrol engine which produces 143 PS maximum power and 177 Nm peak torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.  Major features of the car include manual air-conditioning, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, multiple airbags, fabric seats, antilock braking, and engine immobilizer. The car is available in 3 variants. It runs on 17-inch alloy wheels. Price of the Chevrolet Cruze starts at ₱963,888.

Chevrolet Cruze Price

The Cruze is priced between ₱858,888 and ₱1.104 Million.

Chevrolet Cruze Variants

There are 3 variants available of Cruze: L MT, LS AT and LT AT.

Chevrolet Cruze Power-trains

The Cruze is powered by a 1796cc 4-cylinder Gasoline engine produces 140 hp of power and 177 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 5-Speed Manual and 6-Speed Automatic transmission gearbox.

Chevrolet Cruze Features

The feature list of Cruze includes Central Locking, Power Door Locks, Anti Theft Device, Engine Immobilizer and Anti-Theft Alarm in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Automatic Climate Control, Heater, Engine Start/Stop Button, Adjustable Seats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, Electric Folding Rear View Mirror, Automatic Headlamps, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Foldable Rear Seat, Remote Trunk Opener, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Seat Headrest, Cup Holders-Front, Bottle Holder, On Board Computer, Keyless Entry and Cruise Control.

Features for Entertainment & communication include FM/AM/Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, CD Player, USB & Auxiliary Input, Speakers Front and Speakers Rear.

Chevrolet Cruze Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Leather Seats, Digital Clock and Digital Odometer.

Chevrolet Cruze Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Fog Lights Front, Fog Lights Rear, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rain Sensing Wiper, Alloy Wheels, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Integrated Antenna and Adjustable Headlights.

Chevrolet Cruze Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag-Front, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning, Engine Check Warning and Traction Control.

Chevrolet Cruze Competitors

The Cruze Competitors are: Hyundai Accent, MG 5, Chevrolet Sail, Tata Manza and Suzuki Dzire.

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Chevrolet Cruze Colors

Cruze is available in 7 different colors - Velvet Red Metallic, Pewter Grey Metallic, Siwtchdable Silver Metallic, Misty Lake Metallic, Olympic White, Carbon Flash Metallic and Mineral Oil Blue.

Chevrolet Cruze Videos

Watch latest video reviews of Chevrolet Cruze to know about its interiors, exteriors, performance, mileage and more.

Chevrolet Cruze Review

  • Cruze Overview
  • Chevrolet Cruze Interior & Features
  • Cruze Exterior
  • Chevrolet Cruze Ride & Handling
  • Cruze Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Chevrolet Cruze Braking & Safety
  • Cruze Verdict

Cruze Overview

When Chevrolet was in troubling waters back in 2008, it was the Cruze which brought the American manufacturer back in action. With its imposing muscle car like design and hair-raising straight-line performance, the Chevrolet Cruze instantly became one of the most favorites of the enthusiasts. Globally, the Cruze has entered into its second generation, however, the Philippines market continues getting the first generation version in its facelifted version.

The Cruze is being offered here in two engine options – while the 1.8-litre petrol engine gets the options of both 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox, the 2.0-litre diesel engine is offered with a 6-speed automatic unit. And it is being offered in five different variants. The livery options for the Chevrolet Cruze are Velvet Red Metallic, Switchblade Silver Metallic, Mystic Lake Metallic, Mineral Oil Blue, Olympic White, Pewter Grey Metallic, and Carbon Flash Metallic.

Chevrolet Cruze Interior & Features

On the inside, the same impression of the exterior has been carried forward – while it looks good, it certainly has begun to show age owing to the lack of novelty. The overall layout of the interior cabin is purely driver-oriented, with many bits inspired from sports cars.

Take for instance, the driver’s cockpit. The three-spoke steering wheel with V-shaped brushed silver finish looks nice and gets steering mounted audio, Bluetooth and cruise controls on both the upper spokes. The three-pod analogue instrument console looks very sporty, however, the small blue-backlit MID screen looks dated.

The waterfall-like centre console looks premium with brushed aluminium finish on the side edges and around the vertically designed AC vents. The buttons for automatic climate control as well as 2-DIN music system feel nice. However, the tech-savvy generation of today will just not accept the absence of a touchscreen infotainment system here, which is gradually becoming a norm even in some entry-level hatchbacks. However, the six-speaker music system sounds good.

While the seats of the Chevrolet Cruze get nice under-thigh support and comfortable seating. The space at the rear, with limited legroom and headroom, is slightly cramped as compared to its other rivals.

Cruze Exterior

When Chevrolet Cruze appeared for the first time, it instantly won many hearts, owing to its muscular stance, which made us feel as if it is a newer version of an old-school American muscle car. However, that was back in 2008, and after a span of almost a decade, this very design has seaw little changes, which make it look slightly dated now.

At the front, one is being welcomed by a large typical two-part grille seen on many Chevrolet cars. It gets chrome surrounds as well as the bowtie logo stacked between the two grilles. The headlamps get a sharp kink swept backwards, which give some character. However, in this day and age, the absence of LED inserts in the headlamps makes it look plain-jane. The small fog lamps get large vertical housings with chrome inserts, thus adding some visual appeal to the front bumper.

From the sides, the Cruze manages to look smart, thanks to the sloping coupe-like round roofline and a sharp line running from the front fender to the rear tail lamp. The thin chrome garnish on the shoulder line as well as pullback handlebars looks neat. At the rear, the large double barrel tail lamps with thick chrome garnish above the license plate housing make the car look large and bulky. 

Chevrolet Cruze Ride & Handling

Apart from the performance of both its engine options, the Chevrolet Cruze has always been praised for its driving dynamics. And this is the reason that despite its dated design, there are still many takers for the Cruze.

The Macpherson struts at the front and compound crank axle at the rear are set on a stiffer side giving the Cruze amazing levels of stability in all conditions. It is also one of the very few cars in the segment to offer disc brakes on all four wheels, which gives it good stopping power as well.

Cruze Engine & Fuel Consumption

The Chevrolet Cruze has built some solid reputation in the market. One does get the option of either a 1.8-litre petrol or a 2.0-litre diesel engine.

Talking about the petrol engine first, the 1.8-litre four-cylinder mill generates 142 PS of power and 177 Nm of torque and is being offered with both the choices of a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter.

On the other hand, the 2.0-litre diesel engine is coupled to only a 6-speed automatic gearbox and puts up 163 PS of power and 360 Nm of torque. With the amazing straight-line performance, the Cruze impresses one with the amount of pulling power it has on tap.

Chevrolet Cruze Braking & Safety

While the Chevrolet Cruze might be low in terms of novelty and gets limited comfort and convenience features, the list of safety and security functions is praiseworthy. One does get front and side airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, traction control, and vehicle stability management system.

Cruze Verdict

The Chevrolet Cruze might not appeal to the young hearts just because of the limited design changes. In all these years of its existence, the Cruze offered limited new features as compared to its rivals. But beyond this, the car is an absolute delight to drive. With a punchy performance from both the engine options, precise steering and a taut suspension, it immediately forces us to ignore it dated visual appeal and praise it just for the way it drives. However, we would like Chevrolet to bring the second generation of the all-new Cruze to the Philippines market as soon as possible. But until then, this current generation Cruze, despite its lack of novelty, makes a strong case for itself for its character.

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    Habagat Jan 19, 2022 for Chevrolet Cruze

    Being a follower and lover of the prestigious brand itself I can surely be enticed by any new promising creations such as the Cruze by the Chevrolet. Keeping aside the fine gleam of the car, the glider has an undeniable exhalation of convenient driving through empowered machinery. Plus the two variants of engine gives a choice to the buyer depending Read More

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    Martin Dec 06, 2021 for Chevrolet Cruze

    The car is an intelligent production of the Chevrolet. It has everything you can look for in a convenient vehicle that would give you respite from the crowded lanes. I have to travel on a regular basis and a stiff steering or gearing system would just worsen the condition. This car has a power steering wheel that makes its handling Read More

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    Basilio Aug 27, 2021 for Chevrolet Cruze

    I have driven the Cruze for more than 6 years and the car has kept up really well all this time. The cabin is very spacious and particularly comfortable during long drives. There are not many features in the car since mine is an old model. I’m sure the later versions were far more technically rich. It’s on the highway Read More

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    Macario May 31, 2021 for Chevrolet Cruze

    I have observed the Chevrolet Cruze 2012 LT AT for almost a year and this is going to be detailed feedback based on my observation. My driving fuel consumption with this vehicle during heavy traffic had a reading of 6-7 km/Litre while the expressways driving had a maintenance speed between 70-100 kmph which brought the fuel consumption from 9 to Read More

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    Lyrold Mar 09, 2021 for Chevrolet Cruze

    Ever since the Chevrolet Cruze was launched in the shorelines of the Philippines I have heard much about its driving dynamics. I researched a bit about this stylish sedan before making the final move. And this didn’t come as a surprise when it gave a powerful engine pickup with a speedy ride on the roads of the city. The disc Read More

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    Japheth Jan 15, 2021 for Chevrolet Cruze

    Too happy since the day I have opted for this car. First of all the comfort factor is one prime reason that compelled me to opt for the vehicle. You will surely drool over its powerful engine pickup. You can expect a speedy ride out of this anytime. I found the car looks quite decent as well. Though the front Read More

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    Eric Porlaje May 24, 2020 for Chevrolet Cruze (2010-2015)

    This is my observation for chevrolet cruze 2012 LT AT. For city driving fuel consumption in heavy traffic it will give you a reading of bet 6 to 7 km/liter. For expressways driving with maintaining a speed of between 70kmph to 100kmph, reading is bet 9 to 11 km per liter. My take on this is, for me it is Read More

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    Jacob Sep 18, 2019 for Chevrolet Cruze

    Cruze is a very dynamic sedan. This is what sold it for me when I was looking to buy a new car. You can really have some fun with it! For a family of 3, the Cruze is perfect, thanks to its practical well-packaged interior. If you are looking for performance, get the diesel variant. The engine has great torque Read More

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    Magiting Oct 08, 2018 for Chevrolet Cruze

    Being new in the city I was trying to adopt the urban lifestyle quite fast. But after coming to Philippines I realized no matter how much I change my dressing style or overall attitude, I will be considered as genuinely hip if I possess a sleek car. After lot of research on internet I freeze to Chevrolet Cruze. I knew Read More

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