Used Chrysler Neon Saloon 1999 - 2003 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

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What's the used Chrysler Neon saloon like?

Although it has a large boot, the lack of a five-door option limits the Neon's practicality.

First introduced to the UK in 1996, this face-lifted version arrived in 1999. Even so, the plastic interior trim is a long way short of a Volkswagen Golf's quality. And, although it's a big car for its class, it seats only four adults in comfort. Likewise, the ride and handling are no match for the Ford Focus, not even if you opt for the sporting RT version. The suspension doesn't cope terribly well with bumpy UK roads, either. On the other hand, the body doesn't roll around too much in corners unless you are going very quickly, and the steering is reasonably accurate. Its light set-up works well in town, but the lack of weight and feel don't make for enjoyable country driving. Performance isn't too bad. The standard Neon's 2.0-litre engine produces a healthy 136bhp, while the RT's 2.0-litre delivers 150bhp.