What is it?
Currently the top-spec version of Chrysler's Ypsilon supermini, and a potential rival to the likes of other style-led runabouts like the Fiat 500. We like the Ypsilon's quirky styling, and the fact that it seems to arrive with plenty of kit as standard means it can also offer good value for money.
That could soon change for the better, too, because there's talk that Chrysler may soon drop the price of the Ypsilon substantially. For the moment, though, this Ypsilon S-Series costs £12,795 in standard form and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, twin chromed tail pipes, a Bose stereo, air conditioning, start-stop system and Bluetooth connectivity. The only option fitted to our test car was two-tone matt paint, which took the total price to £13,495.
The Ypsilon's exterior styling still looks relatively fresh, but the cabin has fallen far behind class leaders. There are far too many cheap-feeling plastic surfaces inside, and while the centralised instrument cluster may allow Chrylser to swap easily between left and right-hand drive it means the driver has to take their eye off the road to check the speedo.
Other elements are well placed, and the Ypsilon's high gear lever still does it credit. Our car came powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 68bhp and 75lb ft of torque, coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox. It's curently the most powerful petrol option you can buy in the Ypsilon.