The 2.2 Common Rail Diesel engine has been jointly modified by Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz to specifically meet the needs of the PT Cruiser.
How It Drove - Performance
The 2.2 Common Rail Diesel engine has been jointly modified by Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz to specifically meet the needs of the PT Cruiser. The innovative four-cylinder diesel engine produces 119 bhp which results in exceptionally smooth power delivery and enables the PT Cruiser to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 12.1 seconds and continue to a top speed of 114 mph.
The PT Cruiser coped well around town, the diesel engine delivered plenty of low-down torque which resulted in a spirited drive and it pulled well in all gears which compensated for the occasional lazy gear change. The engine was a little noisy at idle, although this is a characteristic of most diesel powered vehicles - but once on the move this was barely noticeable.
On 'A' and 'B' roads the Cruiser's brisk acceleration combined with its slick 5-speed gearbox offered a thoroughly enjoyable drive. However, the Motorway is where the PT Cruiser came into its own - it is an excellent cruiser (if you'll excuse the pun) which enables you to cover great distances in comfort and it has more than adequate power for clean, safe overtaking.
Chrysler PT Cruiser Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.2 CRD Limited|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.1 seconds|
|Top Speed||114 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||50.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||3|
|Warranty||3-year/60,000 mile warranty|
7-year/unlimited mileage anti-corrosion guarantee
3-year roadside emergency cover
|Price (when tested on the 13/03/04)||£ 17,200|