posted 5 years ago

New Chrysler Delta Review

The Chrysler Delta leaves me confused like the village idiot at a Mensa convention.

The Chrysler Delta leaves me confused like the village idiot at a Mensa convention. On one hand, I want to hug it - and kiss it - then marry it and have lots of kids. But part of me wants to run away from this Ford Focus rival. Why? Firstly, the motoring manufacturer should be commended for producing a highly distinctive machine. After all, the world is full of boring clones. But - and it is a very large 'but' - look at the new Delta's styling. The front-end, arguably, looks like it was punched by a heavyweight boxer. The rear lights remind me of bicycle reflectors, and is the posture hippo-like? If so, who cares? I like hippos, love cycling, and admire anyone who takes a punch and comes-out smiling. So yes, this car has 'love it or hate it' looks – but at least Chrysler is brave enough to break the mould.

Life is more conventional under the skin. As such petrol and diesel engines are available, and motorists can choose either six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The most powerful 2.0-litre petrol trim produces 165bhp, hits 62mph in 8.5 seconds, and averages 55.4mpg. Good stuff, but hard-core fuel-savers will prefer the 1.6-litre 120bhp diesel. This averages 61.4mpg and reaches 62mph in 10.7 seconds. These complement the: reasonably composed handling, spacious 380-litre boot, and the decent equipment specification. New Chrysler Delta prices range from £16,995 - £25,695. So, date or ditch?