Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon (2012): 30 second review

Ian Dickson
Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon
Chevrolet adds an estate to the Cruze line-up, offering lots of space in a stylish package.
We like:
Practicality, styling, simple model choice.
We don't like:
Dull steering, price rises significantly for the diesel.
Should I buy one?
Chevrolet has launched the Cruze Station Wagon, an estate that promises masses of space-per-pound when it goes on sale in September. It completes the Cruze line-up, following on from the saloon and hatchback models.
Priced to undercut rivals from Ford, Skoda and Vauxhall, it starts at £15,375 and is offered with a range of three engines (two petrols and a diesel), three trim levels and a choice of five and six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes.
It makes most sense as a load-lugging estate car and it offers plenty of practicality for not much money. The problem is if you want the recommended diesel model and a few goodies such as sat-nav and larger alloy wheels, the price spirals to nearer £20k. That's still cheaper than rivals from Ford and Vauxhall but they are better to drive and feel classier.
Rating
3/5
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