The Chrysler Delta is a VW Golf rival that's one of the most spacious cars in its class. There is a range of tried and trusted Fiat engines to choose from, and the exterior styling is certainly a break from the norm.
The Delta isn’t great to drive, with vague steering and poor body control. Parts of the interior feel disappointingly cheap, too.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
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.
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.
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.