Cast your mind back to the original Fiat Multipla, with its unusual shape.
Cast your mind back to the original Fiat Multipla, with its unusual shape. People either loved it or hated it - the PT Cruiser evokes similar emotions.
The Cabrio version is no different and during the test week, it gained a lot of attention. However, not all interest was positive. Someone even went as far as saying that it looked like an upturned boat, so you can guess which side of the fence they were on.
But there’s no denying that it’s a head-turner, especially with the roof down. It sits some 62mm lower than the hatchback but has the same wheelbase and front track measurements and carries much of the styling from the hatch, which was updated last year and now features a smoother front and rear end and scalloped headlights.
The Cabrio is only available as a three-door, which is a shame because two extra doors would add greatly to the convenience factor. However, it isn’t feasible - the lowered height and the arc of the folding roof doesn’t allow for it. The compromise is extra-long front doors, which allow passengers to get in and out of the two rear seats. With the roof down, this isn’t too difficult but the seat belts are anchored to the inside of the car, almost adjacent to the rear passengers and again on the side of the front squab.
Chrysler PT Cruiser Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio 2.4 Limited|
|Colour||Bright Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year/60,000 mile warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 16/07/06)||£18,170|