2014 Chevrolet Cruze | new car review

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 by
2014 Chevrolet Cruze
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 69,500 - 76,000
  • 5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • 1 Review

  • Cruze
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
    User: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
    User: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
    User: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%
    User: 60%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
    User: 70%

Review Summary:

Brought to life in 2008, the 2014 is currently still in its first generation and has remained unchanged for the most part, over the past 7 years.

Pros

Capacious interior

Cons

Exterior styling
Seems overpriced

Looks

Up front, the Cruze flaunts chrome around the fog lamp housings, a large grille and sizeable headlamps. Though beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and some may find the Cruze attractive, quite frankly, I feel it’s a little long in the tooth now. And I’m sure there aren’t many who would disagree, when I say the Cruze isn’t as attractive as its American and Japanese rivals, the Ford Focus and Honda Civic.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze front + side

Feels

Inside, the 2014 car is neatly put together. The monotony of black plastics is broken by silver trim, and cloth along the dashboard and door panels. With a well-contoured multi-function steering wheel, ample headroom in the front and rear, and a leather covered armrest between the front seats, the Cruze is a comfortable place to be in.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze interior

Engineering

As far as safety is concerned, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is quite impressive. Sure, it’s fitted with the usual ABS brakes, but it’s the five-star global safety rating, rear view camera, and blind spot assist that impresses. Additionally, with the driver and front seat passenger receiving side and curtain airbags, and Chevrolet’s patented LATCH system to keep children secure in the back, the Cruze ranks highly on the safety scale.

What’s on offer?

Available as a hatchback and a sedan, the Cruze houses a 1.8 litre engine under its hood. Coughing up 141 horsepower and 176 Nm of torque, the Japanese sedan delivers 100 kilometres in exchange for around 7 litres of petrol. The base LS starts at AED 69,500, however, with the LT welcoming leather seats, a sunroof, multimedia screen, and chrome on the door handles, prices go up to a steep AED 76,000.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze rear

Summing it…

Winner of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) twice in a row, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze definitely isn’t a bad car. Ok, maybe it’s high time they changed the appearance, but on the inside, it’s a very comfortable car. However, more than the styling, it’s the price point I can’t seem to get over.

5 Responses to 2014 Chevrolet Cruze | new car review

  1. Hari Reply

    February 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I own a 2012 Cruze and the transmission started acting up at 20,000 KM itself. Reported the issue to Liberty and they said it was normal. I rechecked with them about the issue now and they are saying the transmission is faulty and unfortunately my warranty is over. The amount they are quoting is AED 16,000 for the repairs. So totally not worth it.

    I would advice everyone to stay away from this model.

    • Shafraz zahir Reply

      May 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Hi Hari,

      what do you say how come the warranty is over within 20k km.s are you sure

  2. Hari Reply

    February 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I agree with the above comments. I own a 2012 Cruze and the transmission started acting up at 20,000 KM itself. Reported the issue to Liberty and they said it was normal. I rechecked with them about the issue now and they are saying the transmission is faulty and unfortunately my warranty is over. The amount they are quoting is AED 16,000 for the repairs. So totally not worth it.

    I would advice everyone to stay away from this model.

  3. Garret Reply

    March 9, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    got a 2013 model and have ran 70k+ never had issues, i say, not once. pretty well reliable on the road and just what it takes for this value. styling for me is superb, exterior and interior. it looks decent enough over the years and still cant get my eyes out of it comparing to other rivals on its segment.

  4. Suhel Reply

    September 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    • Exterior
      80%
    • Interior
      75%
    • Quality
      70%
    • Value for money
      60%
    • Performance
      70%
    • Rated 5 stars

    Nice handling, Navigation is tricky to bring in its display

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