Chevrolet Cruze Diesel test drive
The current Chevrolet Cruze is still a nice looking car.
But I think the hatchback looks much better still. GM did a great job designing the 5 door version of this car.
The 18 inch wheels on my test car look fantastic. They are part of the standard RS package.
First of all, the diesel is surprisingly quiet. I guess it’s not that much of a surprise, since VW diesels were also pretty quiet.
But this one seems even better. And the little noise it makes sounds great anyway.
One thing though, it gets a bit noisier between 2000 and 2500 RPM. (for some reason quieter at higher RPM)
A bit unfortunate since it means freeway driving at around 65/70 MPH is a bit noisier than it could be.
Something that can be easily resolved by ordering the 9 speed automatic (A cheap option at around $500)
My test car was loaded. Except for the automatic.
(Not sure if a sunroof is available or not on the hatch or the diesel )
The only options were the $1125 leather package and the $395 “Cajun red” paint.
(2 things you could do without).
I would definitely recommend the Cruze hatchback diesel for anyone looking for a fine to drive and super practical compact car.
I had a blast driving mine for a week.
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And head over HERE for more info about the Cruze in general.
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You can probably get this for $25k or less…
$24 131 on Carsdirect.
No point for its existence. They would be better off with a turbo model to keep things simple and stupid.
Correction: You state the automatic is "only" $500 more on the diesel.
You are not taking into consideration that the "RS" package (including the 18" wheels you liked, is standard on the manual transmission Cruze diesel. The "RS" package is a $1245 option on the diesel automatic.
So $500 + $1245 gives you the actual automatic transmission option price of $1745.
Thanks for test driving this vehicle. I am going to check one out!
Also, you discuss your mileage compared to the Cruze gasoline sedan you recently drove. Note that the vehicle you tested here has 18" tires. Chevy tests vehicles for MPG with the standard tire (16"). The difference between the two tires (18" vs 16")is about 7.1% in lower MPG. Thus if your sedan had the standard tires (16"), you have not given a fair comparison.
With current diesel prices you probably are not saving any money at the pump. Especially in CA.