What is it?
It always tickles me when a manufacturer calls a car ‘all new’. And repeats it. A lot. It means: “please don’t mistake this car for the old one”. And in this case it means: “please don’t mistake it for one that only scored two stars in EuroNCAP’s crash tests. And no points at all for pedestrian protection.”
It’s seldom, if ever, that a car is actually all new. Take this ‘all new’ Chrysler Grand Voyager. It has the same floor pressing as the old one for storing its fancy Stow & Go seating system, a brilliant option that lets the Grand Voyager’s rear five seats fold completely flat into the floor, turning a large seven-seater into a small van.
Combined with its appearances on The Apprentice, they’ve caused a 60 percent increase in Grand Voyager sales in the past two years.
What’s it like?
Apprentices and boyband members are the only ones likely to find out what Chrysler’s V6 petrol engine is like. Over 90 percent of UK buyers will take the 2.8-litre four-pot diesel instead (both are 6-spd auto only) and, though it’s quiet enough at a cruise, this is not the car to choose if you’re running late for a train.
Chrysler, conveniently, hasn’t yet recorded any performance figures, so we indulged in a spot of sly stopwatch action and wafted beyond 13 seconds before we’d wafted, noisily, beyond 60mph.