In one month I drove my Cruze 1,6 LS for 2500 km. I chose it because of the looks, the features and the price. It's looking like if I would have drawn it my self, it's offering a little bit more that you need to be simply comfy and satisfied while driving, costing 25% less than the New Astra or Jetta around here. I can't complain about the amount of plastic as long as a new Dacia Logan by Renault, the only one around that at a similar size costed pretty much the same, with less important features and HP on, but with much more plastic! My Cruze doesn't make weird noisses (and trust me, I know about noises! My old car got to 140000 km and I got to identifiy pretty much all the noises that a car can make in a life time with it!). If I shift gears under 3000 rpm stays in 7.5l/100km mixed (I live in the suburbs of Bucharest and learn and work in the big, ugly and crowded city). If I need power and hit the gas pedal it's making a scarry tornado in the fuel-tank, but gives what I ask. Nothing's free, isn't it?!
Stays really well on the road in curves, no mather what direction, the air burns my skin after max. 5 km of driving and it's winter. All my light bulbs are were they are supposed to be and working. I'm expecting problems with suspensions, because the car is pretty stiff and the romanian roads are not at the level of the taxes we pay for them.
But this is a problem for any car arround here! Maybe I'm lucky, but I can not complain about the Cruze. At it's price it's really a good choice, in my opinion. My sister payd the same price for her Corsa D 1,3 diesel. Every 6 months went to service for various warranty problems.
Maybe sometimes it's like in that old romanian saying: "What you are fearing of now is what you will be facing later!". And when I remember my former boss, with his fancy ML that costed around 60000 euro and stayed in service for 1 month because one day, after 10000 km, it did not want to power on the engine and nobody could understand why.... I'm happy with my 11000 eur Cruze that starts at a quarter of a key-turn!
Many happy miles to me and all of you!