Chevrolet Cruze

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  1. Paddy

    Paddy New Member

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    I was researching on all the 5 cars in this segment(Laura, Civic, Jetta, Altis Diesel) and have taken test drives on all of the above mentioned models. Hope some one finds this useful

    Jetta - Engine responsiveness is good. The German brand name, quality, performance. But must say that the interiors leave much to be desired(Germans I guess, are not very bothered by this aspect of the car). Come on, the interiors are where you are going to spend 99% of your time and this is one aspect which we should feel comfortable when we are shelling out 15 - 16 lacks of our hard earned money. Drive quality is good though. I am not sure about the maintenance cost (supposedly high).

    Altis - Below par performance. You can compare it with those of a lower segment. The interiors are very spacious though and the wooden interiors though not very classy gives you are luxury car feel. Itz an ideal car to be chauffeur driven in(If you fall in that category). Then you have the Toyota tag and the top notch service quality and reliability associated with it. Indians love brand value and that accounts for the huge sale numbers for this brand. But if you enjoy long drives, I would least recommend this car as it is below par in performance

    Laura - Interiors to die for. These guys knows what the Indian consumer class(15-20 lac segment) needs and they have tailored their product accordingly. Performance is similar to the Jetta, but somehow when I test drove this one, the 'power feeling' was more. I have 3 friends who have bought the laura and are having huge maintenance issues. This will definitely burn a hole in your pocket.

    Civic - One of Hondas best products in India. Reliable, classy and trouble free(based on a review by my colleague who used it for 2 years). There are people who said ground clearance was a problem. I test drove and took some bumps; didn’t find much of a prob. Would recommend this highly if you are ok the Petrol costs.

    Chevrolet Cruze - Ideally, you can’t compare the other four with this. This is a BEAST. Seriously. I test drove this and this blew me away. I started the car(Manual Version) and pressed on the accelerator(nothing happened). I was wondering what’s happening and then suddenly the car lurched forward(That was the turbo lag. Once the rpm crosses around 1800 the turbo kicks in and does it give you a kick. Yes it does- A real kick in the back. I am not exaggerating here. Prospective buyers of the Cruze, please test drive the cruze only after you have driven all the other models mentioned above, else you will immediate conjure up the opinion that the others are not good.
    GM has put some serious thought into this model. The interiors are very sporty and the sun roof is excellent and there are a lot of additional features in the 2011 model(They have changed the color of the leather seats to black). Saying this the turbo lag may be a problem in bumper to bumper traffic; a rather irritating aspect if you were suddenly looking to close some gap in the traffic. The engine is pretty unresponsive at low speeds. I didn’t find any other issues during the test drive(I took 3 test drives). So if you are living in a highly congested city and the main reason for your purchase is to commute to office in bumper to bumper traffic, I would recommend the Civic.
    But take this Cruze to the highway or a lesser congested place and you will just fall in love with it. It overpowers everything in sight. GM has done an awesome job with this one and I am sure based on reviews the resale price for this is going to go up(GM models usually have lower resale value). Test drive this one to find the different. This is the No 1.

    I hope someone finds this useful. I spend a lot of time researching on the 5 cars in this segment and if this helps someone in making up their mind, it will make my day.

    Thanks,
    Paddy
     
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    Chevrolet Cruze 2012 hasn’t got a facelift and will continue to be sold as the same dynamic sedan with decisive and distinct looks. The sharp stretched headlamps with clear lenses boost the ‘rearing to go’ attitude of the car.New Chevy Cruze’s steering doesn’t weighs up in linear manner while cornering thus the vehicle is best at highway driving rather than in Ghats. With no changes, the sedan still lacks the comfort in the rear seat and can’t compete in its overall fit & finish with its German counterparts.

    check here Chevrolet Cruze 2012 complete review at carzy
     
  4. riyachouhan

    riyachouhan New Member

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    The New Chevrolet Cruze is wrapped in an all-new more dominant diesel motor that is all about cruising along with pride and power. The new maximum power output is now of 164 PS at 4000 rpm together with an increased peak torque of 360 Nm at 2600 rpm. These commanding numbers are fitting enough to thrash any opponent not only in the segment, but also outside it, to a certain extent.
    The newly tweaked engine of New Chevrolet Cruze is an excellent blend of power, fuel efficiency and low emissions this time. The 2.0L, 1998cc 4-cylinder VCDi 16V SOHC engine offers tremendous control like no other and the efficiency remains unmatched.
     

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