Friday 24 November 2017

The battle of little and large

It is probably my small-farm upbringing but I am a sucker for anything that's 'big-for-the-money'. So I have to be wary in the extreme not to be sucked into something that covers quantity -- but not perhaps quality.

Make no mistake, the new Chrysler 300C is not just big, it is huge for the money.

It is unashamedly American (with driving and suspension tuned to European tastes, thankfully) and if you like this sort of 'big', then you will have fun with the 300C. Not only that, but they have absolutely crammed it with equipment -- the sort the likes of super luxury cars such as the Mercedes S-Class or Jaguar XJ would boast about.

Ultimately, your decision will come down to whether or not you like big, (fairly) brash American over logo-led German.

It is luxury all the way inside. You could spend hours happily tinkering with all the bits and pieces. The central touch-screen display is excellent and the seats are big and broad -- like in a good cinema. On the motorway it was excellent; a straight-line powerhouse. The 3-litre turbo-diesel engine (developed by Fiat Powertrain and VM Motori) worked up a mighty head of steam.

On city streets and country roads I wasn't nearly as happy with the car overall, though it's a lot better to drive than the current model. The revised steering and suspension system help.

The version I had was white. That's a no-no. It needs to be in a darker colour.

You'll love the cabin. It's a car you just like; it is so big and bold and . . . yes, brash.

But I suspect the non-farmers' sons and daughters among you won't be swayed as easily. Even I know that the lack of a German badge is a big drawback and unlocks a lot of the big-car-for-the-money argument. Against it too is the high road tax compared with several rivals.

But if you are looking for something that is different, in the true sense of the word, is much improved on the old one and makes you feel good, it's well worth booking a test drive.

ecunningham@independent.ie

Indo Motoring

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