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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel - Rating Details

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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel (2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)

Driven On 11/27/2013

Ratings Summary

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a solid alternative to the established Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The Cruze gets high marks for performance and value, but gets docked for poor rear seat comfort and a lack of interior refinement. While the Jetta TDI holds a slight advantage, the Cruze is certainly worth consideration.
B
Performance With 151 hp and 264 lb-ft from the 2.0-liter turbodiesel, the Cruze makes zero sacrifices in the name of efficiency. In fact, it's quicker than the conventional gasoline Cruze models. Handling also proved surprisingly capable.
Acceleration
B
There's some hesitation from a standstill, but once you're moving, power is plentiful for merging and passing. Sixty mph is reached in 8.6 seconds, which is decent for compact sedans, diesel or gasoline.
Braking
B
There was significant nosedive during our panic braking test, but the pedal remained firm and confidence-inspiring, and the car tracked straight. It needed 120 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is average.
Steering
B
Steering feel is direct and appropriately weighted whether negotiating parking lots or the highway. Gives a natural response, and we found it predictably precise on winding roads.
Handling
B
While we wouldn't consider it sporty, the Cruze is plenty capable on twisting mountain passes. Body roll is noticeable, but the Cruze remains confident and composed even when pushed enthusiastically.
Driveability
B
A compact footprint makes the Cruze easy to maneuver in tight spaces. The 6-speed automatic transmission allows too much backward roll starting out on uphills, and shifts could be smoother.
B
Comfort The Cruze scores with comfortable front seats and an agreeable ride quality, but points were deducted for a hard plastic armrest, lack of rear legroom, noticeable diesel engine clatter and a wind hiss coming from the driver's window.
Seating Comfort
C
The front seats remain comfortable for hours, but the hard plastic armrest annoys. Rear seats have acceptable headroom but the low cushion height sacrifices legroom, makes it suitable only for smaller folk.
Ride Comfort
B
The Cruze is relaxed and comfortable in normal driving, soaking up rough surfaces almost as well as most full-size sedans. It feels confidently attached to the road.
Quietness
C
There's no getting around the diesel engine clatter, particularly prevalent when the engine is cold. We experienced a hissing near the windshield pillar, but otherwise road noise insulation was acceptable.
C
Interior Interior design is pleasingly modern but material quality trails other compact sedans. The diesel version gives up about 2 cu-ft of trunk space to the conventional gas-powered Cruze. The lack of rear seat room should also be kept in mind.
Ergonomics
B
Unlike previous experiences, we found the MyLink infotainment interface acceptably responsive to inputs. Most other controls are within easy reach, though not always in the most logical location.
Ingress/Egress
B
Front seat access is made easy with tall doors that aren't too long. Rear passengers may have to stoop some to clear the sloping rear roof.
Space/Room
C
Adults will find the front seats roomy and unconfined. Rear seats have enough shoulder room, but the lack of legroom makes them acceptable for smaller passengers only.
Visibility
C
As with most cars today, rear visibility is hampered by large roof pillars and a tall trunk. Which is why the optional rearview camera is much appreciated in tighter confines.
Cargo/Storage
C
The Cruze Diesel's 13.3 cu-ft trunk is about 2 cu-ft smaller than the Jetta TDI's, though it makes good use of the available space. Interior cubbies are all on the small side, most noticeably the center bin.
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B
Value With a base price of $25,695, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is only about $700 more than the base VW Jetta TDI with an automatic transmission. Fuel economy and performance are a virtual tie, but the Jetta benefits from better refinement.
Build Quality (vs. $)
C
Some hard plastics give the Cruze interior an economy car look and feel. Most panels are solidly anchored, but the glovebox is flimsy.
Features(vs. $)
B
Cruze Diesel features and pricing are comparable to the VW Jetta TDI from base models to higher trim versions. The Cruze does offer some optional safety features the Jetta doesn't, though.
Cost
B
With optional navigation, the Enhanced Safety package, premium audio and the 2LT Convenience package, our Cruze Diesel cost $28,105, which is about what you'll pay for a similarly-equipped Jetta TDI.
MPG
B
The EPA estimates the Cruze Diesel at 33 mpg Combined (27 City/46 Hwy), a virtual tie with the Jetta TDI's 34 mpg Combined. We averaged 36.6 mpg overall in the Cruze, with 43.2 mpg on our evaluation loop.
Warranty
B
Chevrolet's 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty matches VW's, but the Cruze's 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty edges out VW's 5-year/60,000-mile plan.
Ownership
B
Two years of free scheduled maintenance and six months of OnStar telematics are included. The Jetta TDI features similar programs as standard, too.
B
Fun To Drive While fun may not be the operative word, the Cruze Diesel offers slightly better driving dynamics than most economy cars. You'll find its lively handling manners surprising, and since it's a diesel it has plenty of low-end torque.
Driving Experience
B
The Cruze's few flaws are easily overlooked, as it's generally a comfortable car that places few demands on the driver. Admirable fuel economy further enahnces the car's appeal.
Personality
C
We think of the Cruze as a step or so above basic transportation. It's understated, bordering on bland, while other compact sedans offer a bit more personality.
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