It already has a reputation for providing class-leading levels of style, safety and luxury at an affordable price, and now buyers of the top-of-the-range Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi LT can take advantage of an automatic gearbox to further add to the car's upmarket appeal.
The six-speed transmission can operate in full auto mode, saving drivers the legwork in heavy traffic, yet at the same time offers a manual shift function, offering all of the performance and flexibility of a manual gearbox when needed.
Powered by a 150PS 2.0-litre common rail diesel engine, the new model accelerates from 0-62mph in an impressive 9.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 124mph where conditions allow.
Yet at the same time, it retains Chevrolet's core value of low running costs - offering up to 51.4mpg on the extra urban cycle. Combined mpg is 42.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of 177g/km.
With a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, the only car ever to achieve maximum points in offset frontal and side-impact tests, the Chevrolet Cruze is also one of the safest cars on the road making it the perfect choice for family motorists or high mileage fleet drivers. Standard Electronic Stability Control and traction control add to its driver appeal.
It also comes with a huge list of standard equipment, rarely found in a car at this price level. Luxury features include full climate control, reverse parking sensors, cruise control, front fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, rain sensitive wipers, automatic headlights, front and rear electric windows, follow-me-home headlights, a six-CD autochanger and MP3 socket, and a Thatcham category 1 alarm system with remote locking.
The Chevrolet Cruze 2.0VCDi LT automatic costs £17,145 on-the-road.Published 1 February 2010