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Chrysler 300 CRD Diesel review

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    With this much torque the five-speed is more than adequate. 0-100km/h takes 7.8 secs.

Chris Riley road tests and reviews the Chrysler 300 CRD Diesel and answers the big questions.

We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering -- would you buy one?

What is it?

The diesel version of Chrysler's big in your face sedan, although you wouldn't know it. There is nothing to distinguish the diesel from petrol models which equals no cringe value.

How much?

At a starting price of $48,000 the diesel will set you back $5000 more than the entry level petrol V6, but it's worth it because you can have your cake and eat it too.

What are competitors?

Nothing really, not with the same road presence. Perhaps the Caprice, or maybe the Falcon or Commodore but none of them are available with a diesel engine.

What’s under the bonnet?

The 3.0-litre VM Motori turbo diesel delivers an unparalleled combination of outstanding performance and economy. It produces an outstanding 176kW of power and 550Nm of torque from a low 1800 revs. Featuring a common-rail, direct injection fuel system, variable geometry turbocharger and integrated diesel particulate filter to help reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, the engine is engineered to meet stringent EURO 5 emission standards.

How does it go?

Impressive. It's hard to believe you can drive a big car like this with this kind of performance that still returns these amazing fuel figures, especially at this price. A German bahnstormer would cost you twice the price.

Is it economical?

Combined fuel consumption figures are 7.1 litres/100km with 18-inch wheels, and 7.2 litres/100km with 20-inch wheels. We were getting 7.4 after almost 600km which shows it's eminently gettable.

Is it green?

Middle of the road. Gets 3.5 out of 5 stars from the Govt's Green Vehicle Guide (in comparison the Prius gets 5). Produces 185 or 191g/km of CO2 depending on whether it's running 18 or 20 inch wheels.

Is it safe?

Doesn't get a rating from ANCAP. But rebadged as a Lancia it scored full points in Euro tests, with seven airbags including a driver's knee bag and features like electronic stability control and electronic pedestrian protection, plus front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

Is it comfortable?

Big and reasonably quiet. The entry level models features cloth upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power front driver and passenger seats with fourway lumbar adjustment, and power front windows, with one-touch up and down.

What’s it like to drive?

Shame it doesn't get the 8 speed auto like the V6. But then again with this much torque the five-speed is more than adequate. 0-100km/h takes 7.8 secs, with strong low to mid range response as you might expect.

Is it value for money?

Big chunk of car for the money. In addition, adaptive forward lighting and Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps with auto levelling and daytime running lights ensure premium visibility day or night.

Would we buy one?

We'd be tempted. Not sure about the styling, but if you like to be different this is the one for you.

Chrysler 300 CRD Diesel

Price: from $48,000
Warranty: 3 years/100,000km
Safety rating: n/a
Spare: space-saver
Engine: 3.0-litre 6-cyl diesel, 176kW/550Nm
Transmission: 5-speed auto; RWD
Body: 5066m (L); 1905m (w); 1488m (h)
Weight: 2042kg
Thirst: 7.1L/100km, 185g/km

RIVALS

Holden Caprice
Price: from $61,990
Engine: 3.6-litre 6-cyl petrol, 210kW/350Nm
Transmission: 6-sped auto, RWD
Thirst: 9.9L/100km 236g/km

 

 

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Ford Falcon G6
Price: from $37,490
Engine: 4.0-litre 6-cyl petrol, 195kW/391Nm
Transmission: 6-speed auto, RWD
Thirst: 9.9L/100km 236g/km

 

 

Ford Falcon - see other Ford Falcon verdicts

 

 

 

Holden Commodore
Price: from $37,990
Engine: 3.0-litre 6-cyl petrol, 190kW/290Nm
Transmission: 6-speed auto, RWD
Thirst: 8.9L/100km 210g/km

 

 

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  • Bought a 300c, black with beige leather and sunroof about a month ago. Reason, wanted a large sedan with a bit of luxury and economical as we are doing regular 220km trips.
    Well, it is fantastic to say the least, averaging 6.6ltr/100, actually down to 6.2 yesterday, handles really well, quiet with truck loads of power with a host of goodies.
    My wife drives this mostly, she’s 5’2” and enjoys her driving position, I’m 6’3” and mine is very good as well.
    The ride is very smooth with the large tyres, it turns into corners well and handles the twisty bits admirably for a large sedan.
    The comfort features list is enormous, hot and cold cup holders, heated seats and steering wheel, great sound system and the control panel is large and easy to navigate. The one downer is the foot pedal hand brake, in a terrible position but that is the only bad point I have found, the rest is the best buy we have come across in ages, luvit!!!!!

    Alan of victoria Posted on 16 May 2013 8:18am

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