This was a short test drive. The plastic was still on the seats, just off the truck on Saturday.
Diesel knock is absent, just as advertised.
9 speed automatic shifts smoothly - double clutch technology works. You have to get on the "oil" to make it downshift forcibly enough to feel it.
Diesel torque + 9 speeds - pretty good acceleration
Low pitch engine rumble is always there - in no way is this silent propulsion.
Normally I would go with the Volt but the choice is not so clearcut here. There's zero state incentives, I'd have to buy the Volt and get 0% financing to go along with a modest amount of manufacturer's incentives. Even with the fed tax credit it's stretching to make the number close enough.
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