Chrysler Delta HatchbackJanuary 24, 2015
This car is one of the most spacious in its class and rivals the VW Golf. It comes with a range of Fiat engines, and the exterior styling is beautiful. Unfortunately though, the Delta drives poorly due to bad body control and vague steering. Elements of the interior feel cheap as well.
There are two diesel engines, a 1.6 with 118bhp and a 2.0 with 163bhp. The 138bhp 1.4 petrol version was strong and smooth, but slightly flat below 2000 rpm.
The Delta is not the most nimble. The steering feels artificial and light. When cornering there is a lot of body lean. The suspension also has difficulty dealing with road imperfections.
This car is very quiet overall and road noise is well hidden. The small bit of wind noise doesn’t bother at all. The 138bhp 1.4 has a gearshift that is slightly imprecise and vague.
There is five years of free service included in the purchase price which sweetens the already decent value. Emissions and fuel economy are really good as well.
With the Fiat engine, reliability will not be a worry. The disappointment comes from the quality of the cabin which has scratchy and hard plastics, and the switches and dials feel flimsy and cheap.
The Delta received a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. Curtain, side and front airbags are standard as are stability control, deadlocks and an alarm.
The driver’s seat adjusts for height and the steering wheel adjusts for both rake and reach in all models. The seats do not feel as supportive as they should, and visibility over-the-shoulder is hampered by thick rear pillars.
There is tons of legroom and an enormous boot thanks to reclining and sliding rear seats. The boot has a capacity of 465 liters, but it does have a high lip and is quite narrow.
Basic S models come with front fog lamps, air-con and steering mounted stereo controls. The SE trim adds in chrome door handles, a leather steering wheel and alloys. The SR models throw in climate control, Bluetooth, cruise and part leather seats, while the Limited models also have sat-nav and a dash covered in leather.
Driving the Chrysler Delta Hatchback will really make you feel special. Everything, including the exterior elegance and the Fiat engines, adds up to a classy driving machine that earns high marks in its class. It’s good value for your money as well, and you won’t regret its purchase for even a moment.