What is it?
This is the new Dodge Journey – the American brand’s seven-seat family car, which is intended to take on the Ford S-Max in the growing crossover MPV segment. A recent tie-up with VW has endowed the Journey with a 138bhp pump-duse diesel engine and six-speed DSG auto.
What’s it like?
The looks are one of the biggest selling points, and we’ll let you decide whether the unashamedly American styling is to your taste or not.
From behind the wheel, the Dodge Journey has come close to European standards. The layout is well thought out, with a second row of seats that slides forward by pulling just one lever so the kids can access the rear seats themselves.
Other useful tricks include under-floor storage, a passenger seat that folds down to allow better visibility for kids in the rear, three-zone climate control, and genuinely spacious and comfortable seating – though adults won’t want to spend too much time in the rear.
Don’t get used to the interior finish, though - we found plenty of loose pieces of trim throughout the interior that will undoubtedly fall victim to a bored child.
All this space comes at a cost, though. The Dodge Journey is 12cm longer than an S-Max and, to make matters worse, visibility is very limited through the rear window.