We’ve driven only the 138bhp 1.4 petrol version of the Delta. The engine feels a tad flat below 2000rpm, but otherwise pulls strongly and smoothly. The cheaper 118bhp petrol engine performs well in the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. There are also two diesel engines to choose from – a 1.6-litre with 118bhp and a 2.0-litre with 163bhp – which we’ll be testing soon.
Chrysler Delta Hatchback ride & handling
The Delta can't match the nimbleness of the best small family cars, because its light steering has an artificial feel and there's a lot of body lean in corners. To make matters worse, the suspension struggles to deal with imperfections in the road surface, so the ride isn’t as comfortable is a VW Golf’s.
Chrysler Delta Hatchback refinement
One of the Delta’s best aspects is its quietness. Road noise is well suppressed, and although there is some wind noise, it's far from intrusive. We’ve only tested the 138bhp 1.4 petrol engine, which is also hushed unless you really rev it. However, the Delta’s gearshift is somewhat vague and imprecise.