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Testdrive in a Diesel Cruze

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2017 with leather package.

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.
Stop-start technology.
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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It really depends on what is most important to you...

Pros - fantastic range and highway efficiency, engines tend to last forever, torquey drive
Cons - urea refills, continued complete dependence on oil, expensive high pressure injections systems, emissions worse than gas

Pros - silent/fun electric drive, very low gas consumption depending on usage, respectable efficiency when on gas
Cons - expensive Voltec parts once out of warranty, compact car, need a plug at home (apartment/city living difficult)

If I was a travelling salesmen, I'd maybe lean towards a diesel. I used to really want one, but got tired of waiting for the ones I liked to come out (Mazda 6 diesel wagon, never came out in US), and then I tried my friend's Volt. Most of us here find electric propulsion rather addictive, it would be hard to go back. Good luck with your choice!
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