"Chevrolet Cruz" (hatchback): description, specifications, equipment, reviews
"Chevrolet Cruz" (hatchback): description, specifications, equipment, reviews

There are a lot of people in the world for whom a car is just a means of transportation. Such people do not need ultra-fast cars that consume a lot of fuel and need expensive maintenance. As statistics show, many people buy simple and budget models. If we talk about the Russian market, one of the most popular in the class is the Chevrolet Cruze car. It is produced in three bodies. This is a station wagon, sedan and hatchback. We will talk about the latter today.


Chevrolet Cruz hatchback is a compact car developed by General Motors in 2011. The car is built on the Delta-2 universal platform, on the basis of which the Chevrolet Lacetti, as well as the Opel Astra J, were created. Chevrolet Cruze hatchbacks are assembled in Russia at the General Motors plant near St. Petersburg.


The appearance of the car is not much different from the sedan or station wagon model "Wagon". Exceptionis only the shape of the rear of the roof. The front of the car has the same slanted headlights and a huge grille. The bumper design has been slightly changed during the facelift.

chevrolet cruz hatchback
chevrolet cruz hatchback

So, if earlier only round foglights were beaten here, then LED strips of running lights appeared on the new versions of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback. The car is available in different colors:

  • Beige.
  • Grey metallic.
  • Blue.
  • Metallic Silver
  • Black.
  • White.
  • Brown.

There is no special color even in luxury trim levels. But even with this condition, the car looks good. Tuning hatchback "Chevrolet Cruz" is clearly not required. The only thing you can experiment with is with disks. The wheel arches are quite large and can accommodate up to 18" wheels.

Corrosion and paint quality

As noted by the reviews, the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback does not have the highest quality paintwork. As on the Chevrolet Lacetti, chips and small “bugs” form here after three to four years of operation. What pleases is the protection of metal from corrosion. The body is well galvanized, so there is no rust on bare metal.

Chevrolet Cruz hatchback: dimensions, ground clearance

Judging by the size, the car belongs to the C-class. So, the length of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is 4.51 meters, width - 1.8, height - 1.48 meters. As for the clearance, it is frankly not enough - say the reviews of the owners. Ground clearance on standard16-inch wheels - only 14 centimeters. In addition, the car has very low bumpers. Therefore, you need to move very carefully along country roads.


The Chevrolet Cruze is the direct successor of the Lacetti. However, the novelty does not have that boring and nondescript interior at all. The interior is very modern and stylish. A V-shaped three-spoke steering wheel and a sports instrument panel with red arrows immediately catch your eye. On the center console is a large multimedia display, as well as a compact glove box. At the bottom there is a climate control unit.

chevrolet cruz hatchback 2012
chevrolet cruz hatchback 2012

The gearshift lever is at a handy distance. The parking brake is also at hand. The seats are moderately hard, with a wide range of adjustments. The color and type of upholstery may be different depending on the configuration (we will consider them at the end of the article). There is an armrest between the front seats. However, it is quite compact. Pleased with the quality of finishing materials. Noise isolation is not premium, but better than many "budget" ones. The landing is quite low, but this does not interfere with visibility at all.

The back row is designed for three people. They will not be cramped in space - there is enough space in both width and height.


The Chevy Cruz has one of the largest trunks in its class. So, this five-door hatchback holds up to 413 liters of luggage. But this is not the limit. In the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, you can fold the back of the rear sofa. As a result, the useful volume will increase to 884 liters. By the way,this car has a full-size spare tire, not a “dokatka”. It is located under the raised floor in the trunk.

Chevrolet Cruz hatchback specifications

The car is equipped with the same power units as the sedan and wagon. There are no diesel engines in the line, but as reviews say, gasoline engines are no worse. So, the base for the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is an in-line 1.4-liter engine with 90 horsepower. The motor has a torque of 255 Nm.

chevrolet cruz hatchback configuration
chevrolet cruz hatchback configuration

Next on the list is a 1.6-liter engine from the Ecotech series. This is one of the most common hatchback motors. With its volume of 1.6 liters, it develops a good power of 107 horsepower. The torque is just over 140 Nm. The flagship in the line is a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine. Its power is 141 horsepower. Torque - 175 Nm.

As a transmission for the "Cruise" there are two boxes. It's manual and automatic. The fuel consumption of the Chevrolet Cruze is from 7 to 9 liters in the combined cycle, depending on the installed engine and gearbox. In general, the owners respond positively to the power units. Since the motors have the simplest design and are not equipped with a turbine, they are very resourceful and require only the replacement of consumables. These include:

  • Butter.
  • Filters (air and oil).
  • Timing belt (changes with pulley).

Does the manual transmission have problems?

Hatchback"Chevrolet Cruze" is equipped with a mechanical five-speed D16. Among the problems, the owners in the reviews note the leakage of drive oil seals. This usually happens during temperature changes, during the off-season.

chevrolet cruz hatchback photo
chevrolet cruz hatchback photo

Otherwise, the box does not cause problems during operation. In terms of maintenance, the transmission requires an oil change every 100 thousand kilometers according to the regulations.

Automatic transmission pitfalls

The automatic transmission is more capricious than the mechanics. So, the first problems arise for the owners after 30 thousand kilometers. This is:

  • Vibrations on the go.
  • Kicks when shifting gears.

Small resource have solenoids and valve body. Also, a brake drum retaining ring is built into the box, which begins to fall apart after 100 thousand kilometers. As a result, debris enters the planetary gears (essentially the main assembly in an automatic transmission). Among the pitfalls, it is worth noting the cooling tubes. They may leak over time. The gasket also loses its tightness, which is installed between the automatic transmission housings. If we talk about scheduled maintenance, the box requires an ATP fluid change every 50 thousand kilometers.

Which transmission should I choose?

When buying a Chevrolet Cruze car, you should pay attention to a manual transmission. However, if you need an automatic machine, you need to choose versions older than 2012.

Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Cruze

During a small restyling, the manufacturer made some changes to the automatic transmission. As experience showsoperation, it fails less often.

Cost and equipment

Consider the price of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback and configuration. On the Russian market, the car is available in several versions:

  • LS.
  • LT.
  • LTZ.

The cost of the basic configuration starts from 663 thousand rubles. The list of options includes:

  • Front airbags.
  • Spare 16" stamped wheel.
  • Cloth upholstery (available in two colors - black and grey).
  • Power steering.
  • Stamped rims.
  • Two-position steering column.
  • Electric heated mirrors.
  • Front power windows.
cruz hatchback photo
cruz hatchback photo

Intermediate equipment LT is available at a price of 730 thousand rubles. This price includes:

  • Cloth upholstery (blue or black).
  • Center armrest.
  • Chrome grille insert.
  • Additional pocket on the driver's door.
  • Leather steering wheel and shift lever.
  • Front and side airbags total of 6 pieces.
  • Power windows for all doors with soft closer.
  • MyLink multimedia system with Bluetooth, radio and USB.
  • Acoustics for 6 speakers.
  • Climate control.
  • Anti-theft system.

The maximum configuration is available for 907 thousand rubles. This includes:

  • Light sensor andrain.
  • 17" alloy wheels.
  • Electric power steering.
  • Stability Program.
  • Rear parking sensors with camera.
  • Graphic on-board computer.
  • Cruise control.
  • Auto dimming interior mirror.
Cruz hatchback configuration
Cruz hatchback configuration

If we talk about the secondary market, models aged 5-6 years will cost about 400 thousand rubles. At the same time, there is no big difference in trim levels on the "secondary". Here the state is important. It is this factor that you need to pay attention to in the first place.


So, we found out what this hatchback is. Chevrolet Cruze is just one of those cars that are not needed at all for a drive and special emotions. It's a simple workhorse that can get you to and from work day in and day out without spending a lot of money on repairs.