2019 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Hatchback

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Chevrolet has given a big facelift to the Cruze range in 2019 in lieu of falling sales and rising expectations from the customers. What makes the Cruze Diesel Hatchback unique, is the fact that it is one of the very few lone survivors of the Diesel powered Vehicles in the Country. The 2019 Cruze Hatchback is a Tiny Pocket Rocket that offers ton loads of Torque and a stupendous MPG figure.

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze is powered by a 1.4L Turbocharged, 4 Cylinder Motor that generates 137hp and a massive 240lbs-ft of Torque. Chevrolet claims an overall MPG figure of 35 and a range of 480 miles, which makes it one of the best Hatches to go on long distance touring. Available in just one trim namely the LT, the Cruze Diesel Hatch is prices at $26,120.

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Plush Ride Quality

Intuitive Touchscreen Infotainment System

Exhaustive list of Standard Features

Impressive Fuel Economy


No manual transmission even as an option

Lack of Bolstering in the Front Seats

Pricey Vehicle Cost

What's New?

No Manual Transmission

Switchable Engine Start/Stop

Revised Exterior Styling

7” Infotainment System standard on all trims


vehicle bio

base price



4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity




engine type


98 cu. in.


137 hp @ 3750 rpm


240 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm


9-speed shiftable automatic


suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

Ventilated solid rear disc brakes



106.3 in.


175.3 in.


70.5 in.


57.7 in.


passenger volume

37 cu ft.

cargo volume

39 cu ft.

fuel economy


30/35/45 mpg

highway range

607.5 mi.


basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance



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Trims and Configurations


 2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback LT


137 hp @ 3750 rpm
35 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A) Starting at $26,120 MSRP (30/35/45) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, diesel
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Black
  Graphite Metallic
  Cajun Red Tintcoat
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Red Hot
  Summit White
  Nightfall Gray Metallic

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Expert Review

CARHP Editorial March 3, 2019

Considering the increase in consciousness among the masses pertaining to the Environment and reducing emissions, small Diesel engines have seen a big downfall in their usage in the US. There are just a handful of Cars that are being sold in the US with Diesel powertrains. Among these is the Chevy Cruze Hatch. The Smallest Chevy in the market comes loaded with features and a Torquey engine and comes at a price tag of $26,120.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback Features

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Hatchback comes in just 1 Trim which is based on the LT trim of the Gas powered model. Apart from Taxes and destination charges, the Hatch retails at an MSRP of $26,120.


Diesel LT




Heated 2 Way Manual Front Passenger Adjust Bucket seats and 8 Way Manual adjust for Driver’s Bucket Seat


Halogen Projector Beam Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps


16” Aluminum Wheels with Spare Wheel


Manual Tilt and Telescopic Steering Adjust and 60/40 Split Folding Rear Bench Seat


Rear Air Ducts, Rear Window Defogger and Power Windows


Front Center Console and Rear Center Armrest


Front and Rear Intermittent Wipers, Rear Defogger


Outside Powered Mirrors, Rear Vision Camera, Dual Reading Lamp


10 Airbags and Tire Pressure Monitor System


Remote Keyless Entry with Primary Foldable Key and Cruise Control


4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and Bluetooth with 6 Speaker Audio System and Sirius XM Radio


Chevrolet 7” Touchscreen Infotainment System, Charging USB Ports, Rear Vision Camera


Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

Apart from these, you have the option of opting for the Driver Confidence and Driver Assistance package that adds some safety and convenience features to the hatch.

Trims to Choose

Since the Cruze hatch comes in just One Trim, it is the only one to go for.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback Engine

The Cruze is slow to accelerate, but it’s plenty capable at highway speed. The Cruze's engine stop-start function is smoother than those found in competitors, but you can't disable it, which you might find annoying in stop-and-go traffic –Cars.USnews.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Cruze Diesel hatchback comes powered by a Turbocharged 4 Cylinder Motor that belts out a modest 137hp at 3750 rpm and a gargantuan 240lbs-ft of Torque at 2000rpm. In the real world, the 1.4L Motor’s response is just average to say the least. Most office commuters or City Travelers will feel the lack of punch and power when travelling alone. However, load the Cruze with 3-4 people on board and you will be surprised with how the Cruze maintains Speed and picks up from standstill. On the Whole, we would still prefer the Diesel as it feels punchier to drive than the Gas powered Motor.


Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Ford Focus Titanium*





1.4L Turbo Inline 4

1.5L Inline-4


9 Speed Automatic

6 Speed AMT










*Figures used a comparison and taken from Ford UK, not on Sale in the US

Transmission duties are performed by a 9 Speed Automatic Transmission especially developed for this motor. The Engine isn’t the most dull to respond and doesn’t go to the Top Gear. The Engine is clever to not change gears while doing a Hill Climb and engages the lower gears during the same.


Compared to the Gas powered Motor, the Diesel Cruze hatch rakes in better acceleration figures than the same courtesy of the Mammoth Torque on offer. On the move, the Cruze behaves well and provides good bursts of acceleration while performing overtaking maneuvers in the City or out in the Highway.


Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

0-60 MPH(sec)



Quarter mile(sec)




(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)



Curb Weight (lbs.)



*Figures used a comparison and taken from Ford UK, currently not on Sale in the US

We do however hate the rough nature of the Diesel Motor as it tends to get Noisy and produce a lot of Diesel Clatter at high RPM’s, which might become uncomfortable for people inside the Hatch.

Ride and Handling

The Ride and Handling department of the Cruze has to be one of its strengths. The Cruze absorbs Speed Bumps and undulations well while not being too bouncy on normal conditions.

The Cruze also shines on the Highway and on Twisty Roads. The Suspension is well tuned to take corners well and provides very little body roll, aiding driver confidence. The light sporty steering responds to the smallest of inputs on the highway and provides good feedback when tackling sharp bends or high speeds.


The Braking in the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is pretty good as compared to other cars in the segment. The brakes offer good feel and byte and respond well to the pressure applied by the driver. The brakes are not overly responsive or touchy but they do tend to provide good stopping power with gentle feedbacks.


Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

Brake Front (in.)



Brake Rear (in.)



60-0 MPH (ft.)



*Figures used a comparison and taken from Ford UK, not on Sale in the US

The Standard 4 Wheel ABS and Traction Control with Electronic Stability Program and Electronic Brake Force Distribution ensures the brakes don’t lock up during panic braking situations and provide stability to the Sedan. This coupled with the relatively less weight of the Hatchback enables the Cruze Hatch to notch up one of the best 60-0 timings in the segment.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback Fuel Economy

Most people going for the Cruze diesel will have the MPG figure as the Top Priority while buying the Hatch. The Cruze doesn’t disappoint here as the 2019 Cruze Hatch delivers a Super Impressive 35MPG of Overall Mileage. Combine this with the 13.7 Gallon Fuel Tank of the Cruze and you have on your hands, a 480 Mile range on a full tank of fuel.


Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

MPG (city)



MPG (highway)



MPG (combined)



Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)






*Figures used a comparison and taken from Ford UK, not on Sale in the U

2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback Interior

The Cruze has an attractive, handsome cabin. Soft-touch materials abound, and even the hard plastics are smooth and well-built so they don’t feel jarring. The standard touch-screen display further contributes to the Cruze’s modern feel –Cars.USNEWS.com

Layout, Seating and Comfort

The Interiors of the Cruze are mostly dominated by colors like Brown, Grey and Black. The dashboard has plenty of buttons for controlling Audio, AC etc. The center of the dashboard houses a big 7” Touchscreen Infotainment System, which supports a lot of connectivity features.

The Cruze is a compact Hatchback by dimensions. However, most people will find the interiors anything but compact. There is generous amount of Headroom for passengers in the front and rear while the leg room will be adequate for most passengers. Ingress and Egress isn’t much of an issue as well courtesy of the High Roof and the wide door openings.


Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Ford Focus SE* Hatchback

Passenger capacity



Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)



Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)



*Figures used a comparison and taken from Ford UK, not on Sale in the US

5 passengers can be made to sit in the Cruze but making 3 adults sit at the back won’t be a good proposition for long drives. The Rear seats are narrower as compared to segment leaders like the Honda Civic and the raised center tunnel furthermore reduces the practicality of the middle seat in the rear.

Cargo Capacity

Chevrolet has generously carved out Cargo space inside the 2019 Cruze Hatchback. The loading floor is flat and coupled with the big cargo area allows the Cruze, to gulp in plenty of luggage and cargo. There are numerous Cubby Holes and Small Storage Spaces in the Cabin of the cruze as well.


Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft)



*Figures used a comparison and taken from Ford UK, not on Sale in the US

The Trunk lid is big and opens to reveal a big cargo space. The Spare Tire in the LT and the Premier trim eats up some of the big cargo space but the 60/40 split rear seats pave way for some more useful storage space. The Honda Civic with a thoughtfully laid out cabin offers the most cargo space while the Elantra GT comes in a close second.

Infotainment System

Chevrolet has updated and upgraded the infotainment system of the 2019 Cruze Hatchback. The 7” Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System, offered as standard across all trims of the 2019 Cruze is Chevrolet’s take on Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system. It’s intuitive, easy to learn, simple to operate, understand and has all the functionalities one would ever need from a Modern Car infotainment System.


  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot connectivity
  • Chevrolet On Star services
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play Compatibility
  • 2 USB Ports, 1 Auxiliary Input Port and Bluetooth Telephony
  • Sirius XM Radio Trial
  • Navigation System

2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback Exterior

The Cruze was hardly looking old, but slight updates for 2019 help keep it fresh. Most notable is the new front fascia, which features a larger, more pronounced grille. In back, the Cruze is snazzier with a new, dual-element taillight design, with LED versions available on the Premier trim –KBB.com


Chevrolet has done slight changes to the Exterior Design of the Cruze.

The Front fascia is all new for 2019 with a more pronounced and big Grille, housing the Legendary “Bowtie” logo. There are LED inserts in the Headlamps and the Tail Lamps have been given the LED Treatment as well in the LT and Top Trim.

New 18” Alloy Wheels have been added to the Top Trim that adds to the visual appeal of the Hatchback and makes it look bigger than it is.


The Cruze is neither the Tallest in its Class, neither the Longest nor the Widest. It has Compact Exterior Dimensions that gives it a balanced stance in comparison to the rest. The Cruze has a considerably wide body as compared to most of the Cars in this comparison and this gives the Cruze, its generous Interior Space.

The Compact Dimensions also helps the Cruze get an advantage while moving in crowded or tight areas and also gives it an edge while parking in tight spaces.


Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*










Ground clearance (in)



Wheelbase (in)



*Figures used a comparison and taken from Ford UK, not on Sale in the US

The Cruze also has one of the best ground clearances in the segment which means the under body of this compact Hatchback will stay protected from big speed humps or other obstructions that it may have to cross.

Exterior Features

The Chevy Cruze has always been one of the most handsome looking hatchbacks in the segment. Small tweaks have been made to the exteriors of the Cruze hatchback which we feel will be only visible to Keen lookers. The 2019 Edition comes with features like

  • New Bigger Front Grille
  • Dual Element LED Tail Lamps
  • Redesigned Head Lamps with LED treatment on the Top Trims
  • New Design 18” Alloy Wheels
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear and Front Intermittent Wiper
  • Outside Powered Mirrors

We however do miss the Front Fog Lamps which, Chevrolet has omitted from all trims of the Cruze and could have been added at least in the Top Trim for added safety during Night Time/ Foggy Conditions.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback Safety

Considering the Rapid increase in the Fatalities from Road Accidents, manufacturers have been diverting their attention on making their Cars safer than ever.

The 2019 Cruze Hatchback doesn’t want to be in the bottom of the list and Chevrolet has added some good set of Safety features in the 2019 Cruze Hatchback.

Some Standard Safety Features inside the 2019 Cruze Hatchback includes

  • 10 Airbags including Side Curtain, Knee and Front
  • 4 Wheel ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Teen Driver Assist Feature
  • Theft Deterrent Unauthorized Entry System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Display
  • Chevrolet Connected Access
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control

We do however feel that some modern safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Change Assist and other similar features should have been given as standard as the Competition already provides them in their Cars. You do however can get that as a part of the optional Driver’s assistance package.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback Competition

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan vs. Ford Focus

While there are no Diesel Hatchbacks in the country today, we are comparing the Focus sold in the UK as our reference. The Ford Focus sets the benchmark in the segment in terms of the handling and performance. The Cruze on the other hand deliver great Fuel efficiency and will give you far lesser trips to the Gas station. The Choice is clear though. If you want a mile muncher and you are OK with Decent handling and stability, the Cruze is the one to go for while if you want a complete driver’s car, there is still no beating the Ford.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Hatchback Final Verdict

With the Diesel Engines nearing Extinction in the US, it’s very rare that you can get a Diesel City Hatch on sale in the US today. However, GM is still persisting with its Diesel powertrain and giving it, probably one last Hurrah in the form of the Cruze Hatch. The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze on sale in the US gets everything done what the Gas powered Cruse does but delivers a far superior MPG figures and a slightly better driving feel. Overall, if long distance commuting is on your mind and you wouldn’t want to spend most time going to the Gas Station, the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Hatch is definitely the vehicle that will suit your needs well.