A wise man once said that good things come in small packages and if you have the chance to get to grips with the Cruze CD JG from Holden any time soon, we have a feeling that you'll be in agreement. It's important not to confuse this model with the CDX - the aptly named sportier alternative - but it is still one heck of a car if you're looking for functional vehicle with bit more attitude.
Hold on to your wallets because we're kicking off with a bombshell of a price; to buy this model brand new you're looking at spending roughly $24,000, with the CDX coming in at just under $26k. For a car that is almost 6 years old you'd be forgiven for tucking your cash back into your pocket – but it might please you to hear that used vehicles are available for under $11k.
So, what are you getting for your cash? Well, you're looking at a 4 door sedan (boot access?) with a 4 cylinder, 1/8 L engine, front wheel drive and sporty automatic features (available in manual, too). You're also getting a 5 star ANCAP rated sedan that can carry itself in most situations – from a quick journey to the shops, to long distance adventures across the country.
The Cruze CD JG comes with all the mod-cons, including air conditioning, iPod input, Bluetooth compatibility and power steering. It also offers fully adjustable headrests as standard, as well as a 6 speaker stereo setup. Where things get really interesting is with the passenger features however, boasting leather upholstery seating options and incredibly comfortable bucket seats.
The drivers haven't been overlooked either and in keeping with the leather aesthetic, the gear knob and steering wheel offer the same advantages. All windows are electronically controlled and the power steering is an appreciated feature that is bound to be of benefit.
If you want to get more car for your money, look away now: the Cruze CD JG wasn't made to be big, it was simply made to look big. It seems like Holden were testing the water with this model, as it was one of the first to feature saloon aesthetics within sedan parameters. This doesn't mean to say that the JG isn't a worthy vehicle; it could well be the perfect solution for those after a smaller take on a larger vehicle type.
There's also no denying that the chassis is still incredibly relevant, so much so that you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Cruze wasn't a nod towards future aesthetics. Its stylish curves and aerodynamic design more than makes up for its cost – a value that doesn't just offer a great looking car, but one that rivals the appearance of even 2015/ 2016 equivalents.