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Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi LS 125PS: Test Drive Review

Date: 26 January 2010   |   Author:

Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £14,165
Key rival: Ford Focus

Chevrolet has added a new 125PS diesel engine to its lower medium Cruze model line-up, giving it one of the cheapest lower medium diesels on sale.

While emissions and economy aren't near the class best at 145g/km and an average 51.4mpg, the price tag is not to be sniffed at. The entry diesel is under £13,750, while the well-specced LS version we sampled is only £14,345 and comes with kit such as rear parking sensors, trip computer, leather steering wheel, aircon and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. That equipment in a similar-engined Ford Focus would see a price ticket over £20,000, and it stacks up well against Budget rivals from Kia and Hyundai.

Unfortunately, some of the cheap plastics leave the driver in no doubt that they are in a budget model, and there's no attempt to make the Cruze appear more expensive than it is. Unlike the recent Captiva, and to a lesser extent Epica and Spark models, the Cruze betrays its low price tag. But that P11D does lead to a competitive 39.5p per mile costs figure for a car that offers the space of a lower medium model for the price of a volume brand supermini.

Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi LS 125PS
P11D price£14,165
Model price range£12,245-£15,445
Fuel consumption51.4mpg
CO2 (tax) 145g/km (20%)
BIK 20/40% per month£47/£94
Service interval12,000mls
Insurancegroup 7
Boot space 450 litres
Engine size/power1991cc/125PS
Top speed/0-62mph122mph/10.3secs
On sale November 2009
VerdictCheap to buy and decent
CPM, but feels as cheap
as it is in places


Cheap to buy and decent CPM, but feels as cheap as it is in places