It's coming to the U.S. in 2013, so that means it's time to start figuring out what to expect of the diesel Chevrolet Cruze.

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.

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