There’s certainly a sheen of quality and luxury to the Delta’s cabin. If you go for a high-spec SR trim car, you’ll get leather and Alcantara upholstery, a mix of satin silver and chrome trim, and some soft black fascia plastics. A leather-clad dashboard is an option.
But that upmarket feeling doesn’t last long once you’ve slid behind the wheel, because this cockpit proves something of a Monet: pleasant from afar but up close – in places, at least – far from nice. The fit and finish of the Delta’s secondary switchgear – the audio system buttons on that silvery centre stack, for example – has improved compared with that of the original car we drove back in 2008. But what the Delta offers in terms of interior ambience and sheer material quality still isn’t rich or special enough to deserve any kind of luxury billing.
There’s simply not enough imagination, quality or style to the Delta’s fascia. Next to this sector’s classiest offerings the dashboard looks and feels flimsy, even dowdy in places. And here and there, where Chrysler has tried to design in some luxury – with the chromed interior door handles and their surrounds, for example – that upmarket impression is wafer thin and disappears the moment you feel ordinary plastic where there might have been cool, tactile steel or aluminium. You don’t have to hunt for very long to find cheap fittings, either. The scratchy monotone plastic handbrake is particularly disappointing.