Published 04/12/2011 | 06:00
WHAT: Chrysler Delta 1.6-litre Multijet diesel (118bhp, six-speed gearbox), front-wheel-drive, CO2 of 122g/km; VRT is 16pc. €156 annual road tax.
COST: From €21,995 for 1.4 MultiAir turbo SE. Entry-level 1.6 MultiJet diesel SE €23,995. 1.6 MultiJet SR from €25,995; top-of-range 1.6 MultiJet "Selectronic" €27,995; 2.0 MultiJet Limited €29,995. Delivery, related charges extra.
TARGET MARKET: Families, couples, Lancia lovers prepared to settle for a different badge.
PLUS: Looks, novelty, equipment/trim, handling, deep boot.
MINUS: Future trade-in value doubts, poor over ripple surfaces, steering wheel/seat adjustment.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Air con, steering wheel remote controls, electric windows, six airbags, front fogs with cornering illumination, LED daytime-running lights, sliding /tilting rear seats, 16-inch alloys. Second level SR adds dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Blue&Me Bluetooth with voice recognition and leather/Alcantara upholstery. Top of range Limited version has automatic headlamps, rear parking sensors, electric folding mirrors, dual chrome exhausts and 17-inch alloys.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Better equipped versions of big-name family cars such as Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, etc.