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Chrysler Delta

n/a
5/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Distinctive, versatile interior, lovely leather, good engines

Against: 

Wrong badge on the nose, not quite as refined as it should be
We’d rather it wore a Lancia badge, but this is a worthwhile and interesting hatch.

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Chrysler

1.6 M-Jet SR 5dr

£21,140
N/A
60mpg
10.70s
120bhp
122g/km

What we say: 

Chrysler receives an injection of Italian cool. Odd. but somehow it works. Say hi to the Delta

What is it?

It’s an Italian Lancia with a Chrysler badge. After a promising start, it doesn’t seem to be doing that well here in the UK, so Chrysler has trimmed the range right back to the best-value models only.

Driving

It’s surprisingly good behind the wheel: being distantly related to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta clearly helps. The engines are all gems too, particularly the 1.4 120.

On the inside

There’s plenty of room inside, and more boot space than a Focus or a Golf, which could swing it for some people. It has quite appealing bodywork too, and the optional leather really is lovely.

Owning

The engines are economical, prices are now decent value and equipment is very good. Depreciation will be the killer - and let’s face it, wouldn’t owning an Alfa be that bit cooler?

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

6/10

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

£18,250£28,095
Chrysler is as Italian as Yorkshire pudding. If you want Italian, buy Italian. An Alfa Giulietta.