Chevrolet Cruze Review
The all new Chevrolet Cruze has been once again introduced in the Philippines market with upgradations at exterior and interior and a new platform. However, General Motors has always struggled to make a market in a compact sedan but it has again retained the value proposition among the largest car producers in the world by releasing Chevrolet Cruze. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze aims to mark the efficiency and technology available in the market and is redesigned for your long and weekend adventures. The new Cruze is all packed with new technologies and safety features with more spacious interior and elegant exteriors. The new platform is bigger and leaner allowing more comfort and safety. It has shed 113 kilograms in weight which has made it more fuel efficient and better performer. Under the bonnet, Chevrolet Cruze offers drive options in the four variants LT A/T Diesel, LT A/T, LS Automatic and Manual and L M/T. The LT A/T variant with 2.0-litre turbo engine delivers a maximum power of 163 PS at 3800 rpm with the maximum torque value of 360Nm at 1750 rpm. The other four trims - LT A/T, LS Automatic and Manual and L M/T come with a 1.8-litre engine with a peak power of 142 PS at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 177 Nm at 3800 rpm. The Cruze, apart from providing ample thrust, also offers the combined fuel economy of 13.69 kmpl and 15.62 kmpl when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission system. The newly designed car features aerodynamic sculpting for a noticeable sportier appearance and projector beam headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. On the inside, Cruze offers a host of comforting features with leather carved heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel. It offers a quiet ride and laminated windshield which is specifically designed to keep your drive peaceful and sorted. Along with superior interiors and exteriors, Cruze comes with standard MyLink+ audio system with a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen with the phone integration and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. The Cruze also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility which provides you information from the maps, texts, and music. The OnStar Remote Link Mobile App has the power to access the Cruze even when it's not around. The car with this feature can be controlled from anywhere and helps you to locate it by activating the horn and lights. Cruze also offers a combination of safety technologies that protect, prevent and respond in the case of emergency.
Mileage and Fuel economy
Chevrolet-Cruze is the car which is comfortable to drive around the town and highway with combined outstanding performance and fuel consumption. The LT A/T 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine delivers the combined fuel economy of 13.69 kmpl, whereas, the mileage delivered by other variants with 1.8-litre engine shows an economy of 15.62 kmpl which is more efficient than the diesel engine.
Chevrolet Cruze with its standard variants delivers performance oriented output and fuel efficiency. However, the highest variant LT A/T Diesel delivers the maximum power of 163 PS at 3800 rpm and torque of 360 Nm at 1750 rpm with its 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine. On the other hand, the rest of the trims are packed with a 1.8-litre engine which knocks out a maximum power of 142 hp at 6200 rpm and maximum torque of 142 PS at 6200 rpm. For the customers who believe in performance and efficiency, we suggest opting the highest variant neglecting the price aspect.
Acceleration & Pickup
Chevrolet Cruze shows decent numbers in power, performance, fuel efficiency and acceleration segments. The estimated top speed for Chevrolet Cruze LT A/T Diesel trim is 205 kmph which is among the best from other variants with the top speed of 200 kmph. However, it is suggested that the diesel engine not only delivers maximum power but also is best in terms of acceleration and pickup.
The all new Cruze rides on a new platform which is bigger than before. It has shed 113 kilograms of weight in regard to the old model making it lighter and more efficient. It is constructed in hot-stamped high strength steel which offers 27% stiffer body structure that remains light and sorted while enhancing safety. The structure is redesigned to feature an aerodynamic sculpting for a sportier appearance. The front look is dominated with projector beam headlamps with signature LED daytime running lamps. The rear view of the car has expressive LED taillamps that give a striking look to 2016 Cruze with a sleek and contemporary look. With 0.29 co-efficient of drag, all new Cruze has a slippery and shiny body than ever before. It has been stretched to 68 mm in length and has 25 mm of reduction in the height. The highest trim models of all get unique features like fog lamps, front spiller and 17-inch alloy wheels with 16-inch alloy wheels for the lowest variant.
The new Chevrolet Cruze carries decent dimensions measuring 4597 mm x 1788 mm x 1477 mm (L X W X H) along with the wheelbase of 2685 mm for all variants. the decent wheelbase allows the occupants to have comfortable legroom, headroom and shoulder room.
On the inside, Chevrolet Cruze 2016 is comfortable and offers a variety of features. The seats of the car are spacious and covered with quality driven leather fabric. Moreover, the seats and the steering wheel comes with an additional feature of heating. One can also expect a silent drive with an acoustically laminated windshield that is specifically designed to keep your drive distraction free. The controls on the steering wheel are mounted in a way to provide utmost comfort at the fingertips of the driver. The cabin of Cruze is designed beautifully which features clear and sorted controls for the ease of the passengers. The MyLink audio system on the dashboard with 7-inch touch screen is integrated with the first ever 4G LTE Wi-Fi which lets you connect automatically. It also offers an integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which makes you concentrate on your driving without any distraction.
Chevrolet Cruze is considered as the car which provides best comfortable and convenience features for its customers. The car is equipped with a push-button start which lets you start your engine by just pressing a button. The wireless charging feature helps your gadgets to be powered up automatically. Another striking feature OnStar RemoteLink mobile app lets you control your car from anywhere you go. The app locks and unlocks the door and activates lights to help you locate the car. Apart from this, it has features like Vanity Mirror, Remote Fuel Lid Opener, cup holders for front and rear passengers, low fuel warning light, engine start/stop button etc.
The Cruze was designed not just to look good, but also to provide comfortable and spacious interiors. The versatile 60/40 split folding seats give you ample of cargo space to keep extra luggage while you travel to long destinations. The standard boot in this drive counts to 400-litres which is pretty good for a sedan falling in this segment.
Engine and Performance
Chevrolet Cruze comes with an option of four variants LT A/T Diesel, LT A/T, LS Automatic and Manual and L M/T. The LT A/T trim is packed with a 2.0-litre turbo diesel 16 valve DOHC engine with a capability to deliver a maximum power of 163 PS at 3800 rpm along with a maximum torque value of 360 Nm at 1750 rpm. The other variants LT A/T, LS Automatic and Manual and L M/T come equipped with a 1.8-litre inline 4 16 valve DOHC DCVP engine with a peak power of 142 PS at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 177 Nm at 3800 rpm. The transmission system of 6-speed AT with manual mode is provided in the variants LT A/T Diesel, LT A/T, LS A/T and 5-speed manual transmission for L M/T. The engine equipped in the all-new Chevrolet-Cruze offers a great balance of power and efficiency to get the extra mile in every corner.
Stereo and Accessories
The Chevrolet Cruze is armed with high-quality MyLink audio system with a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen with available advanced phone integration and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi. It allows the user to access the phone functions such as messaging and call from the system. It also provides Android Auto Support and Siri Voice Command to access applications like Google Now, Whatsapp, Google Maps, Spotify and more. This is the first car which has a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that searches for a connection automatically and allows passengers to connect the smart devices with the internet easily. It can connect up to 7 devices at a time and is more powerful and reliable than a smartphone.
For absolute stability and control, the LT A/T Diesel and LT A/T trims are packed with 17-inch alloy wheels and tires measuring 225/50 R17. the rest of the three trims are complemented by 16-inch alloy wheels and 205/60 R16 tires for that study and comfortable drives which the occupants expect after sitting in Chevrolet Cruze.
Braking and Handling
Chevrolet-Cruze is equipped with power brakes in the four-wheel drive system with disc type brakes in the front and rear wheels coupled with the MacPherson Strut front suspension and Compound Crank Axle rear suspension for all the variants. Moreover, the start/stop technology further helps to enhance the Cruze's efficiency in stop and go driving. The Anti-Lock Braking System helps in maintaining the tractive control on slippery surfaces along with controlling the car in case of emergency braking.
Safety and Security
As far as the safety is concerned, the sedan is loaded with advanced safety technologies that prevent, protect and respond in case of any collision. The feature 'Rear Cross Traffic Alert' uses radar sensors to monitor the traffic behind and side of you. The Lane Keep Assist feature uses sensors to warn the user in case of a lane change. It helps you gently steer the vehicle back into the lane if the user doesn't take any action. Moreover, Forward Collision Alert system helps you to stay safe by giving two warnings, the Crash Imminent Alert warning alerts you when you approach a vehicle too fast and the Tailgating Alert warning alerts you when you follow the vehicle too quickly. Additionally, Chevrolet Cruze also offers 10 standard airbags with side-impact and knee airbags to protect the passengers in case of any collision. Also, the high strength steel is a cage that provides an impressive protection in the event of a collision. Also, the automatic crash response, the sensors inside the car automatically alerts onStar Advisor if your airbags deploy.
- Larger and Lighter with a dynamic driving experience
- New Chevrolet MyLink offers 4G LTW Wi-Fi
- Start/Stop technology contributes to the fuel efficiency