Chevrolet Cruze Hatch on Sale in UK in July – Should We Get It Too?

Chevrolet’s British public relations department announced pricing for the Cruze hatchback when it goes on sale there in July. Although there isn’t a direct comparison between trim levels and engine options between the Euro sedan and hatchback, converting British pounds to U.S. dollars shows that prices are close in terms of standard equipment and engine. A 1.8-liter LT sedan costs $805 less than a 1.8-liter LTZ hatchback. The extra $805 buys more than just the extra door, it also includes more standard equipment such as Bluetooth, a USB port, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and 17 inch alloys.

Though the European Cruze isn’t offered with the 1.4-liter turbo I-4 engine that we get here, instead it gets a 122-hp 1.6-liter I-4 as the base engine and above mentioned 1.8-liter is the step-up engine. British buyers also are able to select a tasty 2.0L VCDi I-4 diesel, that produces a generous 161 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, if they so desire; however, the diesel carries a hefty $3000 premium over the 1.8-liter model. Since Europe does not have the 1.4T option, it’s hard to make a direct comparison, although the price difference for U.S. models between the 1.8 and 1.4T is $1900, indicating the turbodiesel might theoretically carry a $1000 premium over the 1.4T, if offered in the U.S.

Hatchbacks are popular in the U.K. as well as the rest of Europe, but hatchback sales haven’t been as strong in the U.S. GM hasn’t announced plans to offer the Cruze five-door hatchback in the U.S. but sales of hatchbacks by Chevy competitors seems to be increasing. Ford, in particular, believes North American buyers are ready for hatchbacks and recently started selling the same Focus and Fiesta five-door hatches in the U.S. as it does in Europe; although, Ford still offers sedan versions of both the Focus and Fiesta in the U.S. for buyers who haven’t embraced the hatchback.

Do you think a five-door hatch Cruze would sell in the U.S.? Are you jealous that we don’t get the Cruze five-door hatchback stateside? If we were to get the five-door Cruze, would you be willing to pony up around a grand (or more) extra for the additional door? Let us know what you think.

Source: Chevrolet UK

mark
I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR 2 YEARS NOW TO TRADE MY SATURN VUE IN ON A CRUZ HATCHBACK. IF I HAVE TO WAIT MUCH LONGER, I WILL E LOOKING AT THE FORD FOCUS. OWNED GM CARS ALL MY LIFE BUT IT SEEMS WE ARE ALWAYS PLAYING CATCH UP TO EVERYONE ELSE.
stevo
Well, the hatchback actually has 50L less volume than the sedan.
Yoda
Remember the $805 premium would more likely round down to the $650-700 range rather than up to $1000 since UK car prices are quoted inclusive of 17.5% VAT. $700 or so extra for double the carrying capacity with a much less geriatric look (including deletion of those Chrysler Sebring black triangles behind the windows)? I'll take a 1.4T manual in red, please. Most manufacturers now offering C segment hatchbacks show a direct link between the premium charged and the take rate ranging from 25% for the Mazda 3 (hatch only available on high-series models at a $5000 premium over the base sedan and including a relatively gas-guzzling performance engine upgrade) to 50% on the Subaru Impreza ($500 extra on any model, actually quoted as a line-item option rather than a separate model), with Ford right in the middle at 40% so far - thye'd probably hit half-and-half if there was a Focus S hatch.
John
I'm driving a 2006 Malibu Maxx, which I love, but will eventually need to replace. Right now, the only considered vehicle would be the Ford Focus hatch, but I've been a GM guy all my life and would rather be able to consider a Cruze hatch when the time is right. Hatchbacks are like small SUV's and I've been amazed at what I've been able to carry in my Maxx that I could never have put in a sedan. GM really needs to bring this vehicle over the pond!!
Vince
This car would get me out of my Cobalt SS which is a lot of fun to drive. Why? 265 lb/ft of torque should make it a gas to drive, and the hatchback configuration would be far more practical than the essentially two-seat SS I have now. The fuel economy of the Diesel should be combined city/highway around 35 mpg. Now that is a combination of attributes I would buy. I hope GM brings this thing over tomorrow.
Janek
I only buy hatchbacks. It is so much more practical. In the past we used trucks but with gas prices heading to 5-6 $ in couple years (with car and ariplane sale booming in the world) who can aford the truck guzlers. With good european diesel I would buy it right now. Ford is thinking more practical and GM should adjust and not to miss the boat again.
Tabitha
I was thinking of buying a chevy cruze recently its such a great car, the only thing it didnt have me on was the general look of the car, but after seeing this hatchback version its looks so amazing and it deffiently worth the extra 1000 dollars. Please bring this car the america
cobra
Hatch in diesel with a dual clutch and paddles, please!
Tom
I own a 2001 VW Golf and am starting to look around. I was looking for a reason to switch back to American brands. This just might do it for me!
Eric
The only reason I didn't consider a Cruz is that it isn't wasn't available in a hatchback. In general small cars don't take well to the sedan proportions, the worst being the Aveo, and the Versa witch look acceptable as hatchbacks , but truely hideous as sedans. The cruze isn't bad as a sedan, as it is almost as long and wide as a mid size car, but the hatch looks so much better, and is so much more useful when transporting large items. I don't understand why US consumers prefer sedans. It is as if they are brainwashed into thinking that hatchbacks are only for loosers , and don't see how bad many small sedans look. I also don't understand the marketing of a premium for hatchbacks, as they only cost a few dollors more to make, given the same level of equipment, but are not available in a base level model.
Jack
YES, we need the hatchback and a two-door COUPE and we need the 1.6 liter TURBO and the 2.0 liter TURBO options...a true CRUZE SS COUPE with a 6 speed manual and the 2.0 liter TURBO with 220 or 260 HP would be HUGE!!! We need the OPEL ASTRA options...ITS A BETTER CAR!
Tudor
I would gladly pony up the extra $1000, but necessarily for the extra door, which don't get me wrong, I like for practicality reasons, having owned a few hatchbacks before, but for the Diesel. That is a sweet engine!!! If GM offered it here, although I haven't owned a domestic in years, I would consider it. My next car HAS to be a Diesel!!!

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