Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

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    Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    Volkswagen Golf v Mazda 3 v Toyota Corolla v Holden Cruze v Ford Focus v Hyundai i30 v Opel Astra v Honda Civic

    By Daniel DeGasperi | May 24th, 2013
    www.caradvice.com.au

    Before the fireworks are blown at year’s end more than a quarter of a million Australians will sign for a small hatchback or sedan, of which about 75 per cent will pick one of the eight nameplates featured in this test.

    This is the biggest, most relevant test of the year. The catalyst for this mega-comparison is the arrival of the new Volkswagen Golf. It joins the Ford Focus, Holden Cruze, Honda Civic Hatch, Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, Opel Astra and Toyota Corolla in the battle for small car supremacy.

    Mid-spec, petrol-engined, automatic-equipped hatchbacks were chosen (but Focus and Corolla were only available in higher grades), with prices ranging from $23,000-$30,500 on test. Another two models could have been added, though the five-door hatchback versions of the Kia Cerato and Nissan Pulsar hadn’t quite landed in time for this test.

    Some models gained an early lead for price and equipment. Interiors were then measured, with each model ranked for space and practicality. A pothole- and speedhump-ridden urban drive loop was conducted to find the most comfortable contender. A longer country road drive then established each car’s level of drivetrain punch, seat comfort, refinement, and steering and handling prowess.

    Back at home base, after 500km of driving, calculators were tapped to find real-world running costs over four years/60,000km.

    Let the sport begin…

    Continued here


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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    Extremely thorough review. Holden (and GM) clearly have to do something about their real world fuel economy but it seems Holden's update of the Cruze's underbits has paid off handsomely.
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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    You guys get so many neat hatchback choices.

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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    Almost identical review over at drivel.com had the cruze dead lasr.

    Just goes to show their bias
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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    And one where I read the i30 wagon vs the Cruze Wagon had the i30 winning.

    Did the Aussie Cruze updates flow onto the wagon as well?

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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    My bro is awesome. He had a small twitter rant at one J Dowling when J Dog tweeted an article on the Ford closure from a US site. Turns out it was a Euro site.
    My bro was a smart arse and tweeted J Dog about how factually based the article was and that it was a result of competent and thorough journalism.

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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    Quote Originally Posted by AceRimmer View Post
    And one where I read the i30 wagon vs the Cruze Wagon had the i30 winning.

    Did the Aussie Cruze updates flow onto the wagon as well?
    All cruze are not created equal.

    Would be nice of korean built models shared holden updates but unfortunately they dont
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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    These real world fuel economy figures for the Cruze are a bit of a worry. Both Drive and Car Advice returned poor fuel economy for the Cruze.

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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    Almost identical review over at drivel.com had the cruze dead lasr.

    Just goes to show their bias
    No it wasn't and no it didn't. They only compared the VW, Mazda, Toyota, Holden and Ford and the Cruze came 4th out of 5.

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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    Quote Originally Posted by from oz View Post
    No it wasn't and no it didn't. They only compared the VW, Mazda, Toyota, Holden and Ford and the Cruze came 4th out of 5.
    Close enough

    Even the cars look identical in pictures


    The guys at drivel.com could not conduct a non biased comparison if they tried

    This one linked is fair and reasonable but i still don't get why they make such a big deal about "soft touch" materials as they dont really affect quality in any way shape or form

    The observed fuel ecconomy is a bit of a worry but with them testing the car with the most power and an effective Auto trans that rewards enthusiastic driving it's no wonder
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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    Just how often do you touch this soft touch material anyway.

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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    I don't see how their review is bias in any way. Their criticism is consistent with the other review save for the driving experience and even then they were much more praiseworthy than negative. Whether you choose to ignore it or not, the Cruze's interior is pretty rough compared to the current crop and it is where you spend nearly all your time. Panel finish is acceptable but not rave worthy and the lid to the dashtop bin is pretty off in every Cruze I've driven. The plastics are hard and scratch prone particularly around the key hole, driver's door and gear-shifter. The dash design is close to current gen but the finish is not and that is why the Cruze gets marked down all the time.

    The source of most calls of bias are generally from people who are those that carry it.

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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    Quote Originally Posted by chinamonty View Post
    Just how often do you touch this soft touch material anyway.

    Mostly never

    Hard wearing is more important to me

    My Captiva has been bashed for hard plastics as well and none of them are scratched or whatever people whinge about but they are hard wearing and practical

    I get the feeling they will last longer as well
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    Re: Small car mega test - Holden's first podium in years.

    I've been travelling a bit for work lately and hiring cars from this class. So far I've had an i30 (very impressive), and Elantra (nowhere near as good) and a last gen Corolla (appalling). I hope to upgrade to a Cruze sedan this trip and hopefully an MY14 to compare.

    Off topic, the local Holden dealer has one of these (Walkinshaw Cruze) in stock. It is only an Equipe, but looks awesome in the flesh (except for the grille which is pretend carbon fibre).

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