Depreciation is almost always the biggest running cost, and that can apply especially to budget cars, whose fundamental draw is price rather than the car itself. That the Chevrolet Cruze is not without appeal should ensure a depreciation curve considerably less precipitous than was suffered by the Lacetti, something helped by it having air-con or climate control as standard across the entire range. However, it is worth noting that the hatch will fare far better than the saloon, whose value will plummet far faster.
Fuel consumption and emissions for the 1.8 petrol aren’t bad for an engine of this size, and insurance groupings are fair. But the cheaper-than-average purchase price certainly doesn’t indicate a car that will be cheaper than average to run. A sixth gear would undoubtedly improve the 1.8-litre Chevrolet’s fuel consumption, but the 31.2mpg that we achieved on test was respectable.
Officially, the 1.6 petrol claims very similar economy figures to the 1.8, but in our experience, in real world driving, you end up working it harder to keep up with traffic and therefore use more fuel.
The 2.0-litre diesel’s 50.3mpg claimed average is reasonably good, but mainstream rivals tend to go further on a gallon these days, which also equates to lower CO2 emissions; that does it no favours in the eyes of company car buyers.