Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The sweeping curves of the Cruze's dashboard and the upmarket looking 'eclipse' effect blue backlit instruments make the interior feel like a mainstream car, while the attractively designed audio controls are similar to those in other modern alternatives. Driving comfort is good, with steering adjustable for both reach and height.

The cheapest Cruze comes without air conditioning as standard, but has a CD stereo and electric front windows. LT models come with automatic climate control and cruise control. There is plenty of room for four adults, and probably five at a squeeze.