To find out, Detroit News reporter Scott Burgess set out on a journey with a simple goal: To see if the oil-burning Chevy Cruze diesel could make its way through eight European countries on a single tank of fuel. Chevy's diesel four-door completed the trek with fuel left to spare, but there's more to the story.
First, a look at the numbers: 14.0 gallons of diesel were consumed over the 587-mile journey, which translates to 42 miles per gallon. While that's not bad for a Cruze, we'd reckon a Volkswagen Jetta TDI could match that mark.
In all fairness, the diesel Cruze that Burgess drove was a Euro-spec version, not one of Chevy's U.S.-bound oil-burning compacts. But, as Burgess points out, his Euro-spec diesel Cruze was a noisy machine, with fuel injectors that "click with authority and volume." This should be addressed before the oil-burning Cruze arrives at dealerships in the States. Does Burgess' real-world diesel Cruze road test make you more or less giddy for its Stateside arrival? Drop us your thoughts in Comments below.