- January 22, 2014
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel – Review
Chevrolet offered its compact and powerful diesel car for all those car enthusiasts who have been yearning for fuel economy and astonishing features. Beside Volkswagen Jetta, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the only vehicle that can deliver a performance just according to your expectations.
New for 2014
For the 2014 a new model powered by a 2.0 liter four cylinder turbocharged diesel is added to the lineup of the Cruze.
The 2014 Cruze Diesel gets five trim levels to meet the needs of consumers: LS, LT, LTZ, Eco and top of the line Diesel (new for 2014).
Though, Chevrolet Cruze 2014 is a compact sedan, however, its interior is really roomy and comfortable for four adults. According to the EPA rating system, the interior of this car qualifies to a mid-size sedan. Chevrolet offered materials of impressive quality with accurate controls and efficient tech features. Seats are comfortable and the rear bench can easily haul two adults and three to four kids. The rear seat is comfortable when the front seats are partially extended. Front legroom is excellent while headroom is good. The car is equipped with lots of advanced features for the comfort and convenience of the occupants. Moving up to the upper trim, you will find fine leather upholstery replacing cloth upholstery of the lower trim and numerous advanced equipments as standard features. The cabin of the car is secures with the abundant use of sound-deadening materials making the cabin quiet.
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel 2014 isn’t sexy and very stylish from the outside, but we can’t say that its styling is bland or outdated. In the comparison with previous three years we can expect a more strong and appealing Cruze from Chevrolet in coming years. The front end of the car is complemented with a split front grille with eye catching headlights and lens. The cargo area is limited but has a tidy trunk lid.
The new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel comes equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that delivers 151 horsepower and 264 lb ft of torque and the power sent to the front wheels via a six speed automatic transmission.
Acceleration from 0-60 mph is 8.6 seconds, making it a bit faster than the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. EPA rated fuel economy is really impressive that is 27 mpg city, 46 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined whereas Volkswagen Jetta has 42 mpg highway giving an edge to the Cruze Diesel however, Volkswagen Jetta has a slight edge with its 34 mpg combined fuel economy.
Antilock brakes, full length side curtain airbags, front and rear side impact airbags, front knee airbags, stability control and traction control are standard safety features on 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel.
Pricing and Availability
The new top of the line model Cruze Diesel 2014 is available for sale in the market at a base price of $25,695.
The direct rival of the 2014 Cruze Diesel is Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Both the cars are potentially strong to offer tough time to each other. The Cruze Diesel has a strong highway fuel economy at 46 mpg compared to Jetta’s 42 mpg, but at the same time Jetta has edge over Cruze in combined fuel economy that is 34 mpg and 33 mpg respectively. Compared to Jetta, Cruze Diesel has a higher base price.
Other competitors include Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Prius and Ford C-Max hybrid.
- Impressive interior
- Highly efficient engine
- Useful and user friendly electronic interface
- Good ride quality
- Mediocre rear seating comfort
- Automatic transmission could be more responsive
With the Cruze Diesel 2014, Chevrolet kills the monopoly of the only economic diesel compact sedan that is Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The car is designed to compete with TDI in each and every aspect and even in some features it is far better than Jetta. Of course, Cruze Diesel is a good option for those want to have some extra attractive features.