On test: Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.2 CRD review (2001-2005) – MSN Cars UK

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Chrysler PT Cruiser

On test: Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.2 CRD (2001-2005)

Bodystyle:5-door

Engine:2.2 4-cyl

Fuel type:Diesel

manual

Date of test:December

It’s a hot rod. Well, Of all recent retro cars, is the most imposing, purely it’s so much larger and than a Beetle or a MINI.

The in particular stands out as a throwback to Americana, while even the are suitably lashed in chrome. But the it’s so big is that it’s Chrysler’s mini-MPV offering; a tall-roofed car for five, with of stowage slots and a user-friendliness to smaller families very

Where does it fit?

one of three Chrysler MPVs, the larger Voyager and Grand from a class above, the company’s only other car, the more conventionally Neon saloon, is dated and a bit of a of time. The Neon donates of the PT Cruiser’s mechanicals – a 2.0-litre petrol engine in – but, thankfully, the company’s owners, Mercedes, this 2.2-litre diesel Effectively, the PT Cruiser is a competitor for Scenic, Citroen’s Picasso and Zafira, although it is arguably of a ‘coupe’ MPV alongside those it’s easily more at the expense of ultimate room.

Is it for you?

You won’t turn as many heads as in a MINI, but because the PT Cruiser is now a relatively sight on our roads. Rest people will look particularly if it’s painted in of the gaudier colours on Chrysler’s but you can probably forgive that the PT Cruiser is roomier inside a regular hatch, with in the rear to keep even happy.

Whether they’ll enjoy parents gaining so much level’ respect, however, is matter entirely. Meanwhile, the Cruiser makes the petrol look pointless; it’s and efficient, where the petrol one is and thirsty – and, noisier too.

What it do well?

The 2.2-litre engine is a gem. Producing 119bhp, a punchy unit delivering pace. Acceleration is strong, at 80mph and above, while a right foot will have the front wheels in second gear – or in if it’s wet. It’s a job that there’s traction

The gearshift and clutch are extremely if surprisingly heavy, though enough pull to ensure don’t have to be used The engine’s smooth and revvy too in fact again, most A smooth ride makes the PT a comfortable drive, while the interior is a delight, particularly the gearlever with its snooker cue knob, plus deeply-recessed and body-colour panels throughout.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

doesn’t it do well?

This is no car, and it shows little for corners- a feeling compounded by that’s too light and oddly when turning into a Delicacy is demanded. There’s a lot of wind noise at speed, some of the benefits of the refined while a sharp clutch and throttle response can make driving overly jerky. The are also a bit heavy.

Meanwhile, the interior lacks the space of rivals (definitely a of style over space-efficiency) and the seats are hopeless- they hold you in around corners, and are too to offer any sort of long-distance

What’s it like to live

Initially, it can seem infuriating belief. It won’t start you dip the clutch, then beeps if you but your belt on, don’t the door properly, put it in reverse, the lights on, run low on fuel. all with noble motives, but why is the noise so And why is the key such a fiddle to remove? And why is so muscle required to engage

Annoying niggles, yet it’s so we must forgive Chrysler. focus on 41mpg fuel low tax brackets, decent retained and a decent warranty. However, is a steep Group 12, and dealers can be a bit on the ground.

And most diesel are more economical.

Would we buy it?

saved our biggest PT Cruiser until last; its price. simply too expensive, despite a standard spec, and particularly rivals such as Citroen more capable and more vehicles for many thousands of less.

And while the Chrysler is quick, to its excellent engine, you’ll pay the at the pumps, particularly if you utilise all power to the full. There’s no it’s a great car to look at, and a brave design from one of largest manufacturers, but until reviews prices we’d to recommend it over talented However, we’d love to own it all the – it’s that

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