Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio Road Test

Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio
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Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

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By necessity, the car is quite weighty. Open-top motoring demands that the chassis be stiffened to compensate for the lack of roof.

The test car housed the 2.4-litre engine as opposed to the 2.2 CRD, diesel unit. The petrol engine produces 141bhp at 5,200rpm and 214Nm of torque at 4,150rpm. When mated to the 5-speed manual gearbox, it will propel the car from 0-62mph in 11.1 seconds and the top speed is 118 mph. There is also a 4-speed automatic transmission available, which comes with ‘Autostick’ sequential gear shift.

The engine is quite willing but has to be driven to get the best out of it, then it becomes a different car and the 2.4 engine performs as it should.

Fuel consumption figures for the test car are posted as 24.6 mpg for the urban cycle, 40.4 mpg for the extra-urban and the combined is 32.5 mpg with CO2 emissions of 231g/km.

By necessity, the car is quite weighty. Open-top motoring demands that the chassis be stiffened to compensate for the lack of roof. This is so of the PT Cruiser Cabrio but even with the roof up, there is a lot of ‘scuttle-shake’ - even on normal roads. On the uneven surfaces of some country lanes, it is even more pronounced but curiously, if you ignore the vibrations and concentrate on the driveability, the car is agile and balanced.

The Cruiser Cabrio is fitted with Traction Control and ABS with something called Electronic Variable Brake Proportioning or EVBP. The latter builds up pressure to the rear brakes and in conjunction with the ABS sensors, determines how much brake pressure is needed.

In the event of a collision, the front occupants are protected by front and side airbags, plus there are energy-absorbing knee bolsters built into the steering column and glovebox covers.

At £18,400, including £230 for metallic paint, the PT Cruiser Cabrio in Limited trim, as tested is just below par in comparison with some other cars in the segment. But then, Chrysler says that 97 per cent of its customers buy the PT Cruiser for its looks.

16 July 2006 Melanie Carter
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Chrysler PT Cruiser Road Test Data
Model ReviewedChrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio 2.4 Limited
  
Body TypeCabriolet
ColourBright Silver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11.1 Seconds
Top Speed 118 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban24.6 mpg
Extra Urban40.4 mpg
Combined32.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group14
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year/60,000 mile warranty
Price (when tested on the 16/07/06)£18,170

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