Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Review - Chrysler 300C Luxury

300c7It's big, squared off, has wheels so large that if they were pizza pans they'd feed small countries and a style that stamps it as definably American. I get my pseudo-gangsta on with the Chrysler 300C Luxury.

It's somewhat ironic that the Chrysler 300C has a similar sized engine to a competitor's vehicle now given the last rites, Holden's Commodore, at 3.6L and V6 in configuration. Power is lineball with 210 kilowatts each whilst torques are a hairs breadth apart with the Chrysler twisting 340 Nm and the Holden 350Nm.

However, whilst the Commodore went on a diet, the 300c tips the scales at over 1800 kilos and it's noticeable on road, even with a more flexible eight speed auto compared to the smooth but just six 300C enginespeeds in the local brew. Ironic in that the demand for large cars in a sedan shape have plummeted here in Oz yet seem to be doing pretty well in the States, including the new Chevrolet SS aka a Holden export.

300c2The auto is smooth when under way yet somewhat clunky moving from reverse to first, as the gearbox hesitates whilst selecting gears. The gear lever is one I detest, being an electronic shifter and selection mode highlighted in blue LED backlighting on the top; with no weight to the movement back or forth, it's too easy to find Neutral when you wanted Reverse, or Park from Drive when you wanted Reverse. It's annoying and not excessively pleasurable by any measure.

It's ergonomically sound and roomy enough for the rear seat passengers (with their own aircon and heating controls) and has two main highlights; the cobalt blue dash dial lighting and the dominant centre dash infotainment system, incorporating 300C interioran. The eight inch touch screen allows access to items such as the heated seats and sun blind; it also provides a cracker of a reverse camera picture.

300c5Of note and for the wrong reason, is the map display, looking as if it's fallen out of a comic painted in primary colours. It's not intuitive, not user friendly and for me that makes it dangerous to use. Memory seating, comfortable entry and exit and a decent sized boot together with good quality plastics make it good look at and gives it a feel that adds to the ambiance.

Included as standard and probably not necessary for the Aussie market is a heating system for the steering wheel; understandable for a New York winter but of more concern is the chrome ring set into the wheel.

It gets steaming hot for Aussie conditions and more than once I found myself wishing for a glove to hold the tiller. Of dubious inclusion is a wood trim from just under the display running almost full length for the console. It looks ok but it's neither garbage nor fantastic as it looks somewhat out of place against the black leather and plastic.

Being a keyless start and entry vehicle the 300C Luxury has a push button for start, a touch pad on the inner part of the driver's door handle which unlocks the doors and buttons on the handles for the driver and passenger to lock. All very simple and handy.


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