Interestingly one or two people thought the Crossfire was a Bentley Continental GT
As you would expect of DaimlerChrysler the build quality is very good - although we did suffer from a niggling rattle coming from the direction of the boot.
The choice of materials was in keeping with its peers and the price of the car. That is apart from the centre console choice of plastics which needs to be improved.
Value For Money
Your neighbours are going to think you have spent a lot more money than you have. Interestingly one or two people thought the Crossfire was a Bentley Continental GT and from the rear and side profile we could kind of see where they were coming from.
Chrysler has realigned the price of the Crossfire since we tested it. The 2004 on the road price for the automatic was £28,520 - now the price is £26,240. The manual version is £24,995 which is certainly competitive. If you like to feel the wind blowing through your hair you can opt for the Roadster model which commands a premium of £1000 for its powered roof.
We liked the Crossfire - as we said previously in Ride and Handling it might not be the most dynamic sports coupe, but it has character and singles you out from the pack. It is a smooth and powerful touring car which is comfortable and effortless to drive. The Crossfire is a bold move for Chrysler and its extrovert looks attracted much attention during the time that we had with the car. It is not for shrinking violets, you have to be an extrovert, which is probably why Jonathan Ross drives one, but don’t let that put you off.11 January 2005
Chrysler Crossfire Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chrysler Crossfire 3.2 V6|
|Colour||Graphite Metallic Clearcoat|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||6.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Transmission||5-Speed automatic with autostick and driver selectable summer/winter mode|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||36.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||No Data|
|Warranty||3-year/60,000 mile mechanical warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 11/01/05)||£ 26,240 OTR|
Model tested £ 26,640 includes £400 metallic paint option