Chrysler Grand Voyager

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Chrysler Grand Voyager

Cameron McGavin

Make Model GRAND VOYAGER $75,990 (auto only). 2.8 CRD LIMITED AUTO Series 2008 Body Group mover Power 120 kW. Torque 360 Nm. it got? Twin front, and curtain airbags, stability ABS with brake assist, camera, rear parking tri-zone climate control, front seats, heated seats, powered folding seats, powered sliding and tailgate, cruise control, wipers, automatic headlights, system with auxiliary input, satellite navigation.

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People-movers have a for being rational, rather purchases. Bought because you to, not want to. That’s not a likely with Chrysler’s new Grand

With prices kicking off at it aims to deliver serious abilities and a touch of desirability as

And new isn’t an overstatement.

The body and are totally fresh, there’s a of added or improved features, the auto is different, and there’s a of petrol or diesel power.


What do you get?

The Voyager range covers models, culminating in the top-line CRD tested here, which $75,990, or almost double the of an entry-level Honda Odyssey.

Balancing this is a specification groans under the weight of every conceivable luxury

The side sliding doors and are power-operated, as are the front seats and final-row seats. Front and rows get seat heating, the middle and final rows side sunblinds and drop-down DVD If that’s not enough, there’s DVD screen up front in the MyGIG system.

It’s quite the combining touch-screen sat-nav, CD system, USB/auxiliary input and a hard drive, and can play systems simultaneously.


All models get front, side and airbags that extend to the seats, as well as anti-lock stability/traction control, brake and a reversing camera.

The Chrysler is yet to be by the NCAP crash-test regime, but it has better than its predecessor in US




The Grand Voyager’s cabin is packaged, with loads of astonishing flexibility and genuine

All models get the Stow’n’Go seating which allows the middle-row to be folded, flipped and stored the floor.

Combine that with final-row seats that fold into the floor and the can be converted from seven-seater to cargo carrier in not much than it takes to read sentence – a unique

It’s kind to passengers,

The individual middle-row buckets recline and – if you tick the box for the Swivel’n’Go system – can be as well.

The final row isn’t roomy but will seat two without fuss. The boot long but compensates with and height, and is versatile thanks to the row’s split-fold function, the riders get ample space, of storage and comfortable seating.

tilt-only adjustable steering the driving position isn’t as as it could be. And taller drivers may the offset pedals uncomfortable.

quality, meanwhile, is a step up some other Chrysler we’ve sampled. The plastics lag behind the best, but the Grand lower gloss, more offerings are a big improvement. Sober, design, nice colour and LED ambient lighting add to the classier



Under the

The 120 kW, 2.8-litre CRD four isn’t on paper. Torque tops out at 360 Nm when other 2.8s in the fleet make up to 460 Nm. Still, a handy 55 Nm more than the V6, which, with a hefty kilograms to tote around, can be a good thing.

And so it proves on the

The CRD delivers respectable acceleration, rolling response, relaxed and isn’t knocked around by or heavy loads.

The new six-speed too, is mostly smooth and but occasionally proffers a poorly shift. Along with the noisiness under load, it is the real disappointment of this driveline.

No such issues the fuel use.

We averaged L/100 km on test – no for the 9.3 L/100 km claim but definitely not by big-bus standards.


It’s obedient, stable and predictable, but pitch it into a corner and its nose-heaviness, lazy and vague steering are discouraging.

Things are better around

Despite its considerable size, the isn’t intimidating to drive or thanks to the reversing camera and sensors – infuriating to

It’s comfy, too. The jiggles a little over bumps, but bigger disturbances are dispatched. Aside from slight wind rustle at speeds and the occasionally intrusive soundtrack, it’s respectably


Chrysler Grand Voyager


The Grand has its blemishes. The engine could be the auto could be smarter and the manners could be a bit sharper. sins, however, are more redeemed by the cabin’s class-beating the flexible performance, abundance of and endearing character.

Which price will probably be the factor. And for many, the price be too steep, even if value up well alongside similarly rivals.

But if you’re looking to big on an upmarket people hauler, the Voyager shouldn’t be discounted.

and equipment

Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

all-new Grand Voyager isn#8217;t budget buying, the range kicking off at $56,990 and the Limited CRD tested here $75,990. But the specification is competitive other prestige people with power side power-folding third-row seat, front/middle-row seats, sat nav and a beefy system with DVD screens all standard.

Under the bonnet

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The 120kW 2.8-litre CRD four as strong as other 2.8s in the fleet but its 360Nm torque easily outpunches its petrol V6 That#8217;s reflected on the road, it delivers respectable acceleration, rolling response and good The only disappointments are is its noisiness load and the six-speed auto#8217;s fluffed shift.

How it drives

3.0 out of 5 stars

People movers known for their sharp and the somewhat ponderous Grand doesn#8217;t change things. But it intimidating to drive or infuriating to while the ride confidently up patchy surfaces. And aside some slight wind at highway speeds, it#8217;s respectably quiet.

Comfort and

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

The Grand cabin is roomy, brilliantly and impressively user-friendly. Both the and final rows fold into the floor (the at the touch of a button) allowing it to be converted from seven-seater to van #8211; a unique asset. quality and ambience, meanwhile, set new for Chrysler, but the lack of reach-adjustable means driver comfort be better.


Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

No crash-test rating is yet available but the Voyager has performed better its predecessor in American testing.

R280 CDI

Toyota Tarago V6

Engine: 3.5-litre V6; 202 kW/340 Nm. NCAP crash rating. airbags, stability/traction control, parking sensors. What’s it Dual-zone climate control, front seats, powered doors, satellite navigation, alloys, seats seven. Rocket-ship performance, roomy more flexible than Taragos, loads of toys.

Floaty ride, a lot of money for a Our score: 3.5 stars. Price $72,490.

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