So the Chevy Cruze and the Vauxhall/Opel Astra are essentially the same car. But in reading and watching the reviews for them, I’m seeing two different opinions about the handling.

The Chevy has been critiqued by saying it’s not as sporty or engaging as many of the others in it’s class (Golf, Focus, Civic). The Astra on the other hand has been universally praised for its playfulness, second only to the Focus.

Did GM really make two different suspension setups for the two markets? Or do the US journalists just expect different things from the car compared to European ones?