Road Test: Chevrolet Cruze 2.0D LT

Cruze

“The Chevrolet Cruze is based on the Global Delta Platform, GM’s platform for compact front-wheel drive sedans and hatchbacks – and last year’s Paris Auto Show revealed the Cruze hatch and gave hints as to where this might still be going.

The addition of a 2,0-litre turbo-diesel powered variant to the Cruze range adds a significant other to the range. The single overhead camshaft, 16-valve, intercooled turbo diesel – with electronic control of the turbo-charger – produces 110 kW at 4 000 r/min with maximum torque of 320 Nm delivered at 2 000 r/min. Drive is via a 5-speed manual transmission.

To keep the price low, Chevrolet does not use the latest engines but rather chooses proven technology off the shelf. The diesel engine performs well, but emits an old-fashioned lorry-like noise, while some of the most modern diesel engines run as smoothly as a petrol engine. Significantly, the Cruze 2.0D LT delivers exceptional fuel economy. Our test cycle got consumption as low as 5.2 L/100 km for the extra-urban cycle with an actual overall average of 6.1 L/100 km.” for the full review go to SA Car Fan.