The Chevrolet Cruze saloon has enjoyed far greater success on the racetrack than in the sales department, where it currently holds both the British and World Touring Car titles thanks to Jason Plato and Yvan Muller respectively.
Sadly, those achievements have not translated into consumer interest, but Chevrolet is hoping to change that with the introduction of hatchback version it hopes will be far more attractive to European tastes.
The biggest change, the hatchback boot, is decently sized compared to class rivals, but oddly is 37 litres smaller than the saloon version at 413 litres. Unfortunately for the manufacturer, when the seats are dropped the boot doesn't quite match up to its five-door rivals at Vauxhall and Hyundai though, as it is at least 200 litres smaller in terms of maximum capacity.
As well as the new back end, the Cruze also gets a reworked 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 161bhp, gets to 62mph in just 8.3 seconds and claims an average fuel economy of 50.4mpg.