Chrysler is hoping that its entry into the European executive car club could move us away from the usual Jag or German dilemma. The 300C will be the American firm’s first attempt to offer a right-hand-drive, rear-wheel-drive saloon in the UK. And it means business, pricing the 3.5-litre V6 under £26k.
At 5015mm long, the 300C is an imposing car, with a vast boot capacity of 630 litres (with rear seats up) and the most rear legroom in its class at 1020mm.
The high waistline, low roofline, squat shoulders and bulldog face give the design brutal, unmissable presence, more suited to the set of Sin City than suburbia.
It’s more mundane inside, but there is no escaping the vast bulk of the machine you are driving. You sit relatively high, with plenty of headroom, looking over the long bonnet through a letterbox-style aperture.
Unfortunately, there’s a downside to the chunky styling– the large A-and D-pillars restrict visibility, but at least rear parking sensors come as standard.
Cabin quality falls short of European contemporaries – the variations in plastic quality are disappointing. While a luxurious soft plastic wraps the main dash, there is a much thinner, cheaper-feeling material around the steering column that vibrates far too easily and lets the side down.