Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.2 CRD Limited
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Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

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The PT Cruiser's suspension has been tuned to suit European preference for a firmer ride and it delivers a comfortable ride combined with responsive handling.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

The PT Cruiser's suspension has been tuned to suit European preference for a firmer ride and it delivers a comfortable ride combined with responsive handling. The steering is superbly weighted and is very direct giving the correct amount of feedback to the driver keeping you composed and in tune with the road. Low speed traction control is standard on Limited models which stops the wheels from slipping below 35mph and all round disc brakes are standard throughout the range as is ABS.

Chrysler have concentrated much of their efforts on the rigid body structure and supple ride of the PT Cruiser and this really shows as they have created an MPV with superb driving dynamics. However, there is an element of unavoidable body roll as it is compromised by having a fairly high centre of gravity. Having said that the Cruiser is not a sports car and the body roll does not present a problem under normal driving conditions.

"There is nothing disappointing about the PT Cruiser's ride or handling"

Ease of Use

The PT Cruiser is very easy to drive and visibility is remarkably good for such a high-sided vehicle. The only down side is that you can lose low down objects when manoeuvring especially when reversing - parking sensors would be a welcome addition. I particularly liked the large wing mirrors which enabled very clear side visibility.

Designed as an MPV (multi purpose vehicle) the PT Cruiser's individuality is unmatched - It is all things to all people. Either side of the 65/35 split rear seat can be folded flat, forward or completely removed so that your MPV becomes a light weight van enabling you to carry larger loads. The wide tailgate opening has a low sill to facilitate easy loading of bulky items. The boot space is cavernous and could certainly accommodate a pram or wheelchair. For extra flexibility the front passenger seat can be folded completely forward to use as a tabletop or to carry a longer item such as a ladder. Ingeniously the hard load cover is height adjustable and can be converted into a table for picnics. It can also be turned over and positioned on the floor so that its rubberised side offers protection when carrying dirty items such as gardening equipment.

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Chrysler PT Cruiser Road Test Data
Model ReviewedChrysler PT Cruiser 2.2 CRD Limited
  
Body TypeMPV
ColourDeep Cranberry
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph12.1 seconds
Top Speed 114 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban31 mpg
Extra Urban50.4 mpg
Combined40.9 mpg
  
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating3
Warranty3-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

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