Chevrolet Cruze

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Chevrolet Cruze Review

Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

General Motors has decided to make a change in policy Chevrolet, turning models into global brand. Additionally, the company will focus heavily on improving their vision and security to make them more competitive.

The first representatives of the new brand is the model Cruze, became quite popular, especially for its alluring price and attractive appearance. Our team had the opportunity to test the car and especially diesel modification, powered by 2.0-liter engine with 150 hp


The first generation of the Chevrolet Cruze is sold in the period 2001-2008, but it has absolutely nothing to do with today’s model as it is developed jointly by GM and Suzuki, as it offered Japanese named Ignis.

This Cruze was introduced in the U.S. market in 2008, while Europe came a year later. It replaces the Lacetti model in the product line of Chevrolet, in addition to the sedan, will soon be introduced hatchback and wagon versions.


The design of the model is truly revolutionary and demonstrates Chevrolet’s new design language for the brand. It is the work of a team from South Korea, but its creation involved and their counterparts from the U.S., Australia and Germany, the idea was the appearance of the car to meet European tastes.

Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Wagon

Chevrolet engineers have turned their attention to detail, such as the radiator grille is divided by a line on which stands the brand logo, while the back cover is relatively short, which creates a coupe with four doors.


In terms of dimensions, Cruze is longer and wider than the Lacetti, of course this has a positive impact on the interior and luggage compartment. On style and materials, the interior of the car is light years ahead of that of its predecessor, creating the feeling that you are in a car from a higher class.

Major change occurred in the seats that have become much more comfortable and trim them better. I can not say that, despite the gradual slope of the roof, rear ample headroom even for tall passengers, which is a major drawback of some competing models.

Chevrolet engineers have made major changes to the front frame carrying the engine and transmission, it is fixed to the body by four rubber pads. Thus significantly reduced noise and vibration inside the cabin.


Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

The range of engines for Chevrolet Cruze consists of two petrol and one turbodiesel. The first is all-aluminum with variable valve timing governing the intake and exhaust valves, diesel is equipped as standard with a particulate filter, without the need for periodic maintenance.

Petrol units are 1.6 and 1.8-liter. The first is a power 113 hp and maximum torque of 153 Nm. at 4200 rev / min., while the second features that are respectively 141 hp and 176 Nm. at 3600 rev / min., 85% was still present at 2000 rev / min. Modifications to these engines accelerate from 0-100 km / h respectively 12.5 and 10 sec., and their average fuel costs are 6.7 and 6.8 l/100 km.

The 2.0-liter diesel engine delivers power of 150 hp and maximum torque reaches 320 Nm. at 2000 rev / min. It accelerates the car from 0-100 km / h for 10 sec., and the mean fuel consumption combined with the manual transmission is 5.6 l / 100 km. From Chevrolet has provided for the end of the year to introduce light version of this engine, which is more economical, but its output will be 125 hp


Chevrolet Cruze is the first vehicle to GM, the new platform using the Delta II, which the Group relies on high hopes for its global models. On it is also built new Opel Astra, and the expected next year Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera and the next Opel Zafira.

In developing the brakes, suspension and chassis model, Chevrolet’s engineers took into account data on the habits and tastes of the average European, obtained on the basis of tests carried out on the road in Europe. The car has a wider track, which is enhanced by its behavior on the road.


Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Besides attractive look, the new Chevrolet models are designed to attract customers with its strength. That is why, Cruze boasts an all-new body that is 140% stronger than the Lacetti. Rather, it is based on improved active and passive safety, and minimized vibration levels and noise.

In developing the model used GM specialists from all over the world have applied the most advanced and reliable systems. Significantly Cruze passed with distinction crash tests conducted with it because 65% of the structure is composed of high-strength steel, and standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), control system traction (TCS) and the proposed optional stability control system (ESC).

In case of accident, Chevrolet Cruze features deformation zones front and rear, which reduce damage to the optimum passenger bay. The company boasts that at up to 4 km / h, front and rear bumpers to absorb shock without damage.

Prices and equipment

Chevrolet Cruze

2010 Chevrolet Cruze

In general, the price of Chevrolet Cruze starts at 15,000 eur. the modification to the 1.6-liter petrol engine, but now the car runs promotion and can be purchased only 13,000 eur.

It comes with the familiar three performance levels – Base, LS and LT, as they say, is a different standard equipment. Interestingly, regardless of the level, the car has a filter to isolate pollen and unpleasant odors in the air entering the cabin, heating system rear window and audio / CD system with MP3 playback.

Naturally, most facilities can boast top level LT, in which audio system also has a CD-changer, USB connectivity for iPod output and different design of the panel on the center console. In LT also has air conditioning bizonal. As an option you may be ordered navigation with 7-inch display, available for the first time in this segment.


The new Cruze is definitely a model that Chevrolet launches a new era in its history, aimed to radically change the mood of customers to the brand by offering models with a modern look and excellent active and passive safety.

Of course, you can still work in this direction, but definitely Chevrolet decided to get serious about the targets and demonstrate this with the Cruze, and the attractive price of 13,000 eur. (Currently under promotion) model gives some advantage over its competitors.

Perhaps this is the place to mention two things that made an impression on me, and that anyone driving in big cities would have noticed. The car is very maneuverable (its radius circle is 10.9 m) and all-round visibility is excellent, as is easily seen other road users, regardless of what country they are located.

The test car

Chevrolet Cruze

2009 Chevrolet Cruze

As already mentioned, the test Chevrolet Cruze is equipped with 2.0-liter engine with 150 hp and the gearbox is a six speed automatic. This combination allows it to accelerate from 0-100 km / h for 9.9 seconds. and a top speed of 205 km / h, while average fuel consumption is 6.7 liters / 100 km.

The car is the highest level of performance LT, which means that it has many extras, enough to make your trip a pleasure. Its price is 20 000 eur., But since there are now promoting Cruze, you can buy less expensive cars.

Note that a few days I was able to walk almost 1,000 km. with the Cruze and I can safely say that the Chevrolet brand is expecting a great future, especially if he continues to progress at the same rate, and if it has set high goals, it will surely happen.

Chevrolet Cruze

A new name and a new design for a completely new car. Brand new models in the compact class will be called Cruze.

Cruze was developed by a global design and engineering team and will be produced in different plants of the brand worldwide. Cruze has a length of 4.6 meters and offers ample interior space and cargo capacity for five passengers, providing an advantage over competition in the compact segment. Cruze features a new global design language Chevrolet, which will continue to be a signature element for future vehicles carrying the gold bowtie. Combined with high safety standards and excellent build quality, with the new model Chevrolet will again deliver on its promise to offer very attractive and great value for money products. The new Chevrolet Cruze will be the European markets in spring 2009, and shortly after that and the other markets in the world.

Chevrolet Cruze

2008 Chevrolet Cruze

“Our goal in creating the design Cruz was to achieve an impressive, not evolutionary style,” says chief designer Kim Taeuon. “We wanted to make a large step forward and demonstrate strong stylistic position of the products of” Chevrolet “worldwide”. Elongated roof line of the “Chevrolet Cruz” in combination with the smooth line of the rear pillars and short rear deck, the trunk gives the vehicle a distinctive coupé proportions. Wider and longer than most of its competitors, the new global model has a dynamic stance and minimal overhangs of athletic shaped body.

When sales of “Chevrolet Cruze” start in Europe in March, the car will be offered with 1.6-liter, 16-valve powerplant with a maximum power of 112 horsepower. Fans of the dynamic behavior is likely to order your new car with a 1.8-liter gasoline engine with 140 horsepower. Representatives of the second group, but have kept diesel version of “Cruise” will stop a two-liter turbodiesel modification and its 150 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. The choice of transmissions is reduced to two options – five-speed automatic and all-new 6-speed transmission.

Comments from owners of Chevrolet Cruze

CHEVROLET CRUZE users find very practical. They find it much more reliable than its competitors., But their opinions differ slightly. If you want to make sure CHEVROLET CRUZE is the solution to your problems, you may wish to take advantage of the help of users.

Its users give it a very good efficiency score., However their opinions differ. They find it very cheap You can download the CHEVROLET CRUZE will find in the user manual (information, specifications, safety advice, size, accessories, etc.)


Chevrolet Cruze

2007 Chevrolet Cruze

My Chevrolet Cruze 1.8 MT 20000 km done. and significant changes behavior. Became more fast paced and downright woke 10-15 horses. Consumption fell by 6.4-7.5 urban / trip at 98 km / h -7.5 l/100 km. in 75km/ch-6.2 /. Now I like a lot.

If you are not excited by the appearance and amenities of the engine and I think Cruze is the better choice. Why? If memory serves me last auto show offered Cruze with almost all extras (May without navigation) diesel engine for about 15,000 eur. Now I do not know how prices move. I personally would not take something on your Chevrolet, because it annoys me like Opel, but the emblem is not the same.

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