There was a time, not so distant, in which Korean car was speaking without prejudice, talk about poor quality product. The reality was that only he practically agreed to discard. And money, of course. We still remember those first tests to Daewoo Aranos, Kia Sephia, Hyundai Atos... Uff, as cheap as inconsistent. Years later, 10 or 15 no more, Kia designs, develops and manufactures its Cee'd in Europe, While Daewoo Chevrolet gave way here, globally recognized brand and to improve image also decided to include in the family Corvette or Camaro.
Korean label should disappear, and today until Cruze itself, but also manufactured in Korea (and on three continents) raises its production in Europe, always clear under the global platform of Opel Astra. Today, by the way, already it employs. With these conditions, and seeing the care for detail showing their silhouettes evolved, it is not difficult to imagine that so much Kia Cee'd as Chevrolet Cruze and have little to do with those dark backgrounds. Another thing is to see whether, in advanced (and much improved) Ford Focus, Citroen C4, Renault Megane or Seat Leon, finally they deserve the opportunity they claim.
I recognize that home, the presence of larguísimo compact (4.51 meters, to 20 more than the Kia Cee'd cm) and, both economical invites skepticism in the Cruze. We find that follows, like its predecessors, putting the focus on a knockdown price, up to 4,000 euros less than the Europeans and a Kia, yes, ultra equipped as standard. Chevrolet promise but there is now much more on the table.
We sat: Insignia controls, soft but comfortable seating and certainly no quality materials, but fresh air, like an upholstered camouflaging very rigid plastic on the dashboard, and simple functionality: clean space, doors with great angle and great access trunk of a taxi driver. Difficult to give more for less... although old soffits, absence of certain coatings or load step that requires almost drop in luggage, also show little artifice.
Otherwise the new Kia Cee'd, which was good and now it is even better here many of its rivals. You sit and you think you're almost in a Series 7. For the display instrumentation to Class S, caring support of left foot, email ... Until extended seat swivels to sign better. Y, Unlike the Chevrolet Cruze, with great care by the detail: From an almost flat to a more practical load mouth, great material and, except in the trunk, much space as the floor. It is the formula Golf.
and the Kia Cee'd conquered by, we set off and ... what? In 2007 and 2010 we liked this Kia 1.6 CRDi engine (Your butt Diesel 128 hp), but, "Ballasting" and the antipollution standard Euro5, loses steam, to pretend to be an almost 110 hp more. It remains refined and smooth ... but today too. So much, that under 2000 rpm almost no response, Forcing be agile with a manual pulling further, as is already standard regardless of engine capacity of long developments with those who can not. Result: the Kia Cee'd (75 kg heavier today also especially equipment) is up to two seconds slower. And notice before a Cruze that does give, however, what at first expect.
For Chevrolet, veteran Opel 1.7 CDTI is its basic Diesel. But, with its 130 hp, clearly sufficient. Again we find a good job in isolation, leading to feel this finer Chevrolet engine in Opel, both vibration and sound. Very few, the Cruze 1.7D without being a bullet, is an engine that stretches easily, always feeling fuller than the Kia, especially below, where 1,500 rpm and provides 90 percent of its thrust. And besides, being content spending (about 5 l / 100 km on average), slightly less than a Cee'd, yes, without Stop / Start offering Serial Emotion version that would match. "It is a very first production unit" excuse its leaders. What we consider and collect: none reaches the performance of Renault 1.6 dCi (let alone the 2.0 TDi VW), but the Cruze 1.7D itself feels up to ... mechanics. And it rolling (where notes and tuning a car) is another story.
Under the skin
The first that Chevrolet Cruze is surprised by the comfort. You start walking, and today American taste in touch and tread. The large suspension travel, plus the large balloon tire (profile 60) he becomes almost a tractor between bumps neither exaggerated feel by rapid urban speed bumps that passes. Also its initial poise seems convincing ... until you dig and not a Logan, but if you see a concept close to the "low cost": The clutch is not progressive (at least the Stop / Start avoids the re-start, the nuisance of both draft), hard to find the linear stability with its direction and positions to demand ... better to lower the frame rate.
Why comfort you spend on the Chevrolet Cruze to imprecision. A front slow and rapid drift train (not attributable only tire, as therewith a very balanced Scénic) connects little adjustments achieved. Aim and without informing, hard to find the necessary degree of rotation, forcing correct and in the turn. If you link also support rapid changes, not easy to retrieve path changing so later arriving itself even to sag back until late root ESP cuts. It will improve more, for the last Chevrolet Cruze SW we tested is already much more convincing, but today this 5 door lacks progressiveness.
Just the leftovers him instead to Kia Cee'd, good product also frame. And it is that comfortable, though somewhat dry premiere of a suspension springs, dampers and rear geometry but do not yet feel the quality of Peugeot or Ford (at least in this Kia, because it at its twin Hyundai i30), the Cee'd does not seek the dynamic agility of the most direct Ford Focus or Seat Leon, but it very safe, stable and neutral reactions. The board has three good modes (we are left with the intermediate natural), you feel more torsional rigidity less roll and very strong movements with an accurate front end without being very fast, a rear well established and mordant in a good braking ability . Even in sporty driving you need continuous input of ESP, which speaks and great tuning. In short, a better car than a Chevrolet Cruze that, yes, its unbeatable price make you up whole in these times of crisis.