Driven: Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi Gallery and Information

Model Tested: Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Executive 2.0 VCDi

Price: £19,990 including metallic paint at £410. The Chevrolet Cruze range starts at £14,275 for the Cruze LS 1.6 hatchback, rising to £20,585 Cruze LTZ2.0 VCDi Station Wagon.

Good and Bad

Good Stuff: Good value proposition, high levels of standard equipment, build quality. 1.7 litre diesel engine is reasonably smooth, powerful and economical.

Bad Stuff: Bland inside and out, firm seats, some cheap trim. 2.0 litre diesel outclassed by others. Top spec models quite expensive.

Performance

Maximum Speed: 127 mph
0-62 mph: 8.5 seconds

Economy and Costs

Official combined cycle fuel economy: 50.4 mpg
Front Seat Driver Test Route economy: 40.8 mpg
CO2 Emissions: 147 g/km
Road Tax Band: F / £135
Company Car Tax at 40%: £1,822

Technical Details

Engine: 2.0 litre four cylinder turbocharged common rail direct injection diesel
Power: 161 bhp (163 PS)
Torque: 266 lb-ft (360 Nm)

Length: 4,510 mm
Width: 1,797 mm (exc mirrors)
Height: 1,477 mm
Wheelbase: 2,685 mm
Kerb weight: 1,305 kg

Phil Huff

Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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