Ride and Handling
The Delta is let down by its ride and handling. The suspension set-up doesn’t feel sophisticated enough to prevent an unreasonable amount of thump and vibration from penetrating the interior. The car seems too frequently unsettled by potholes and road surface undulations. The handling is not particularly distinguished, either. There is a bit more body roll on the corners than you would ideally like, and the Delta does not seem to react quickly enough to changing cambers and tightening bends. At times the tyres appear to be scrabbling for grip and the ride quality becomes quite poor over coarse surfaces.
Ease of Use
The driving position is pretty reasonable in the Delta with a good range of adjustments on the seat and steering wheel. For drivers with bigger feet, the pedal layout may feel a bit cramped though. The car’s steering is quite light and a bit lacking in feel. For town driving there is a handy city button to press, which further lightens the steering effort, making easier to park in a tight space without having to haul on the steering wheel using too much brawn.
The Delta is roomy for its size, with more legroom than other cars with comparable exterior dimensions. It is adaptable too. The rear seat-back splits 60/40 to let you vary passenger and luggage carrying capacity. Usefully, the rear seats can also slide fore and aft, and can be reclined to let passengers in the back relax and snooze. The standard boot space is 380 litres, but with the rear seats slid forward this increases to 465 litres, and when they are folded down the maximum cargo capacity is 1,190 litres.
Comfort and Refinement
Refinement is reasonable in the Delta. You are aware of the engine doing its work from the diesel rumble under the bonnet, but not much wind noise penetrates the cabin, and there is not too much evidence of road rumble from the tyres.
The Delta’s biggest asset is its spaciousness, and it has some pleasing features such as the refrigerated stowage compartment, but it is let down on other details. The cabin design is interesting and modern, and the dashboard surfaces are soft-touch, but the faux-aluminium trim is cheap-looking and some of the switches feel too budget.
Chrysler Delta Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chrysler Chrysler Delta SE 2.0 TDi|
|Colour||Zenith White/Black Roof|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||120 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||72.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 stars|
|Warranty||3 years/60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 22/11/11)||£32,100|