Psst. Hey, you. Yeah, the one who used to drive a Volkswagen diesel.
Chevy wish to have slightly chat.
Smelling a chance within the wake of VW’s emissions scandal and the German model’s very seemingly everlasting retreat from the diesel phase within the US, Chevrolet is hoping to woo just a few of its castoffs with the return of a diesel-powered Cruze.
VW diesel homeowners had been fanatical about their automobiles — they had been virtually a cult — and so they had been heartbroken when their idol fell. Many felt betrayed once they discovered they’d been driving soiled all these years, however all those I do know nonetheless miss their automobiles like misplaced kinfolk, and they might reunite with them in a second in the event that they had been on the up and up.
Chevy guarantees its automobiles are. It began promoting a Cruze diesel in 2014 however discontinued it a yr later, partly as a result of it simply could not crack the VW stronghold. But it hasn’t run into any hassle with the feds, and the 2017 mannequin is totally new, with a engine that is extra environment friendly than the outdated one, if smaller and fewer highly effective. And will probably be obtainable as each a sedan and hatchback this time round, so former Jetta and Golf homeowners are each truthful recreation.
The Cruze’s new engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo with 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, down from 2.0 liters, 170 hp and 264 lb-ft. Also supplied within the a lot bigger Chevrolet Equinox crossover, it’s robust sufficient to tug the little front-wheel-drive Cruze round with ease. To impress curious ex-VW homeowners and others who count on diesel engines to return wrapped in a premium product, it comes solely in well-equipped fashions that begin at $24,670 for a sedan with a six-speed guide transmission and $26,270 with a 9-speed automated. The hatchbacks will value a bit extra once they hit showrooms quickly, however you possibly can’t get a brand new diesel vehicle at the moment for much less.
The stick-shift is EPA-rated at 52 mpg freeway, which is tops amongst all automobiles that are not hybrid or electrical, and the automated will get as much as 47 mpg freeway — precisely what I noticed when testing one in the actual world. Figure on refilling the required diesel exhaust fluid each 4,000 miles or so at round $20 a pop. Chevy made it simpler to try this this time round by shifting the filler tube from contained in the spare tire to behind the gas door, proper subsequent to the place you set within the diesel.
Since the brand new Cruze is just a few hundred kilos lighter than the one it replaces, the drop in energy is not a problem in any respect. The new engine is quieter than the outdated one, although it nonetheless appears like a diesel, which some will little doubt discover comforting. An annoyance for others would be the stop-start system that shuts the engine off when the automotive is not shifting and cannot be deactivated, as is the Chevy method with this characteristic on all its automobiles which have it. Restarts could be a little tough and get tiresome in site visitors.
When it’s shifting alongside, the Cruze does not exhibit the dynamic polish of a VW, but it surely rides about in addition to a Toyota Corolla. It’s massive and cozy for a compact, with an enormous trunk and a good-looking, if largely exhausting, plastic inside. The simple management format — which fortunately consists of knobs for quantity, fan pace and temperature, however not tuning — is a welcome break from the numerous high-tech dashboard disasters on the market lately, in a lot the identical method that VW’s logical designs are. Nevertheless, an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped touchscreen infotainment system put in high heart affords loads of digital features, together with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Cruze diesel is a strong little freeway cruiser, and it is at the moment in a category by itself. Its closest competitors comes within the type of the equally priced and much more fuel-efficient Hyundai Ionic and Toyota Prius hybrids, however there may be additionally an alternate from a well-recognized foe.
Volkswagen will not be constructing diesels for the US anymore, but it surely purchased again lots of of hundreds of the soiled ones and discovered a repair to make a lot of them EPA compliant. These reboots will likely be flooding the marketplace for years to return, and VW sellers have first dibs on them — so you’ll purchase them off the lot, not simply in a shady again alley the place the Craigslister advised you to satisfy him.
But nothing can scrub the stigma off of them. So if you need a diesel with a squeaky-clean status, the Cruze is value a glance.
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Base worth: $24,670
As examined: $26,270
Type: 5-passenger, 4-door front-wheel-drive sedan
Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel
Power: 137 hp, 240 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: 9-speed automated
MPG: 31 metropolis/47 hwy