When the roof is in place you have to either get under the seatbelt or disengage it from the guides on the side of the front seat and step over it, while minding your head on the roof and hefty centre rollover bar.
When the roof is in place you have to either get under the seatbelt or disengage it from the guides on the side of the front seat and step over it, while minding your head on the roof and hefty centre rollover bar. Of course, the so-called Sports Bar remains a constant and the front seats slide forward. And, to be fair, removing the seatbelt from the guides isn’t that difficult but when it’s raining, it can be a nuisance.
Once in, adult rear passengers have just about legroom to be comfortable on long journeys but with the dark, fabric roof and the wide Sports bar that takes the place of the B-pillar, just behind the front seats, it can be a little claustrophobic. One of my passengers likened it to being driven in a cave on wheels.
At the front, the driver’s seat has electric height adjustment and the Limited specification adds lumbar support. The front passenger, on the other hand, has a simple mechanical fore and aft movement, although, their seat does have a fold-flat function for carrying long items. Unfortunately, for me the front of the seat squabs curve downwards making them feel short and unsupportive. Moreover, I couldn’t get the driver’s seat to go down far enough for comfort and instead felt that my head was too close to the leading edge of the windscreen. The leather-covered steering wheel is rake adjustable, which helped but I still got the impression that I was sitting on a leather and suede-covered dining chair.
As part of the update, the interior now features a new driver’s environment with a three-dial instrument cluster, circular air vents, a tall centre stack and console with a sliding armrest over a two-tier storage bin. Again, you either love or hate the various plastic moulding's. The surround to the instrument pod and the passenger airbag cover are of the same metallic paint finish, while the centre stack is metal-effect. The rest, including the central tunnel is formed in a colour-coordinated, hard plastic material with chrome trimmings.
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|