Regular readers will know I am a big fan of the Holden Cruze, when the MY14 model was announced Holden listed a whole bunch of changes compared to the previous model.
Having tested CDX diesel before i was keen to see the differences they had made with the new model.
One of the big changes Holden made on the CDX was to bring the trim and feature level up in line with SRiV something I thought should of happened on the previous model.
On the outside nothing much has changed on MY14 CDX which is not necessarily a bad thing as I like the look of the Cruze.
The front of the CDX has chromed surround fog lights which really add to the look, The rear end is more subtle then say the sporty model Cruzes SRiV but still looks great good in a an understated way and I really like the lines of sedan.
The CDX rides on 17inch alloy rims which are wrapped in sticky Bridgestone RE050A tyres which are incidentally the same tyres as the sporty SRiV.
The blue/grey paint is called Karma which to me really suits the look of the Cruze specially on the sedan. I really do like this colour my dad had an old Commodore in the 80’s which was a very similar colour so I have a soft spot for it.
Step inside the CDX and can see the changes Holden has made right away, the leather front seats which are heated and comfortable while offering great support and were my daughters favourite feature on the car specially on cold mornings. The leather bound steering wheels is very comfortable to hold and contains buttons for the cruise control and audio system, the voice Voice recognition which means you rarely have to take your hands off the wheel while driving.
The instrument panel features a lcd info screen in between the speedo and tacho which displays various functions and read outs. Lit with blue back lighting the instruments are easy to read in all light and look rather nice at night.
In the back there was plenty enough rear seat room and the boot is reasonably big as well, my daughter Samantha likes to test out how big a boot is by climbing into them and she had no prob getting into the Cruze’s boot, the rear seat is 60/40 split for those larger objects.
The big features on the inside and the first thing that grabs your attention is the addition of the Holden Mylink system now I’ve talked about Mylink in previous reviews and I am a massive fan of it indeed.
Mylink is simple to use via the 7″ colour touch screen and has such features as, audio streaming via Bluetooth, Phone integration, Phone book support, the ability to live stream music and podcasts via Pandora and Stitcher apps (provided your phone internet capable), Voice recognition and Siri Eyes Free Integration (whatever that is).
Under bonnet the CDX is powered by the 2.0L Turbo Diesel developing 120kw and 360nm of torque, now regular readers will know how much of a fan of diesel engines I am and the 2.0L turbo diesel fitted to the Cruze is a little cracker.
The diesel is perfectly suited to city driving its very tractable doesn’t need much of a right foot to keep up with traffic. Fuel economy was great with the CDX returning very respectable figures in everyday traffic.
On the highway this engine is a dream at highway speeds it just lopes along easily, developing it’s torque low down in the rev range means you have instant power on tap for over taking and the diesel CDX does it easily.
It surprised many people on the highway who went past me coming to a hill only to have me chug on past them half way up the hill when their small naturally aspirated 4 cyl ran out of puff where as the Cruze’s diesel felt like it just wanted to keep on going and going.
Fuel economy on the high way was exceptionally good with it sitting mostly in the 4’s, I worked out over the week I had it you could close to 750km out of a tank driving it around the city so I estimate at least 1000km out of tank at pure highway speeds.
Another new development with the MY14 Cruze is the difference suspension settings for the difference models which means the CDX is fitted with a comfort based suspension tune which works great I found it really soaked up the bumps really well indeed. Even though the suspension leans towards toward comfort I found it still handles really wheel even when pushed through the corners, the steering is well weighted and has a nice feel to it.
The Cruze is packed full of safety features as you would expect from a Holden with a 5 star ANCAP rating, including, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TC), Brake Assist, 6 airbags, Collapsible pedal release system, Driver and front passenger seatbelt reminder, Four-way adjustable headrests for whiplash protection, Three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions, Seatbelt retractor and lap pre-tensioners in driver and front passenger position, Front seatbelt load limiters, Child seat latching system at rear seating positions. The CDX also comes standard with reverse sensors and a rear view camera so it scores full marks from me.
So after a week in the CDX Diesel Cruze what do I think?, Well for starters I didn’t find a lot wrong with it. Sure there are some hard plastics on the dash but as I’ve said more then once that doesn’t worry as I vary rarely fondle the dash. The interior is comfortable, well set out, the seats are great it’s loaded with technology and safety I really loved the keyless entry and keyless especially. The diesel offers great performance and economy, it rides great the suspension supple enough to give you a comfortable ride but with enough grip to handle the twisty bits as well.
The CDX Diesel Cruze would make an excellent daily driver given it’s great economy but still give you the option of enough room to go away on the weekend as well.
If your after a small diesel car with heaps of comfort, technology, features and safety you would have rocks in your head not to have the CDX diesel on your list do yourself a favour and take one for test drive today.
Thanks to Holden for the loan of the CDX Diesel Cruze for the week for more info on the Holden Cruze range check out Holden’s website www.holden.com.au