The Chrysler Ypsilon is an attractively-styled alternative to the more run-of-the-mill superminis. It should be competitively priced and well equipped, too.
It’s not as good to drive as most run-of-the-mill superminis, with wallowy handling and a lumpy ride. The interior isn’t as appealing as the exterior, either.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There are two petrol engines to choose from: a 68bhp 1.2 and an 84bhp turbocharged 0.9 Twinair. The 1.2 is sluggish, but the Twinair provides reasonable performance – as long as you keep the revs above 2000rpm. Even then, it’s hardly what you’d call brisk when out of town. There’s also a gutsy 94bhp 1.3 diesel.
Ride & Handling
The Ypsilon’s suspension is too firm for the UK’s scared and potholed roads. Yet despite this, there’s a fair amount of body sway when cornering. The remote, slow-witted steering also doesn’t help.
The 0.9 engine is noisy no matter how many revs are on the dial, and if you let the revs drop too low, the noise is joined by lots of engine vibration. The 1.3 diesel isn’t particularly refined, either. The 1.2 petrol is the smoothest engine in the line-up, but it’s hardly hushed because you have to work it hard to make reasonable progress. The Ypsilon also generates a lot of road and wind noise.