“Having spent 10 months at the wheel of CAR’s long-term Chevrolet Cruze 1,8 LT, I have come to like it quite a lot… apart from its woeful engine and gearbox combo, that is. Does the torquey 2,0-litre turbodiesel Cruze make up for the shortcomings of its pedestrian self-shifting brother?
Once in a while one just needs to get somewhere in a hurry. Sometimes you may want to overtake a truck while travelling up a straight incline. On such occasions, the last you thing you need is a frantic kickdown, accompanied by pained engine wheezing. You just need a reasonable reserve of torque at your right foot’s disposal… And with 320 N.m of torque in the 2,0D LT’s diesel-burning belly, this Cruze answers affirmatively.”