Used Chrysler Voyager MPV 1997 - 2001 review

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One of the most spacious MPVs around, but it's poor in almost every other area

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Used Chrysler Voyager MPV 1997 - 2001 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

What's the used Chrysler Voyager MPV like?

Most MPVs have seven seats arranged in a two-three-two formation, but Chrysler took a different approach with the Voyager, laying the seats out two-two-three.

Shoulder room is tight in its rearmost row and the removable rear seats are extremely heavy to lift out when you want to swap passenger space for load capacity. However, the larger Grand model does still give you a reasonable boot with all the seats in place. Even on this standard model, there's more than enough leg- and headroom to keep gangly teenagers happy, and the sliding rear doors are big help when getting in and out. The driving position is less impressive. The steering wheel is fixed on SE models, but the tilt mechanism fitted to pricier LE and LX cars makes things little better. True to American tradition, the Voyager doesn't like corners, and the soft, bouncy ride may upset passengers prone to travel sickness. At the same time, it's fidgety over more battered British roads and the steering is vague and overly light.


One of the most spacious MPVs around, but it's poor in almost every other area

  • It's unusual in having room for seven and their luggage, and it's well equipped
  • It has weak engines, a dreadful crash-test rating, and removing the seats is a nightmare

Ownership cost

What used Chrysler Voyager MPV will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Chrysler Voyager MPV?

Despite some iffy dashboard plastics that are more worthy of a washing-up bowl than a car interior, the Grand Voyager has always had a classy image. As a result, used examples are pricier than many rivals of the same age - although they're not ridiculously expensive because this version of the Voyager has been out of production for some years.

Fuel bills could be prohibitive, with even the diesel engine returning a disappointing 33.6mpg on the combined cycle and the petrol a wallet-emptying 23.2mpg. Any maintenance that needs doing will also hit hard if you go to a franchised dealer. Their average labour rates are actually higher than those for prestige brands like Audi and Lexus. Fortunately, independent Chrysler specialists are much more reasonable, typically charging half as much per hour. To add insult to injury, all Voyagers also have a fairly high insurance rating.

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Which used Chrysler Voyager MPV should I buy?

The best engine in the Voyager is the entry 2.0-litre petrol. Alternatively, you can choose from a 2.5-litre diesel linked to a five-speed manual gearbox or a 3.3-litre V6 petrol that comes with a four-speed auto.

Performance is pedestrian whichever you go for, because of the long gearing and the Voyager's hefty weight. The sensible choice is to opt for the superior economy of the diesel, even though it's rather crude and noisy. Even entry SE cars are well-equipped with luxuries such as air-con, remote central locking and heated door mirrors, while LE adds cruise control and alloy wheels. Range-topping LX trim is only available with the V6 engine and includes metallic paint, electric seats and leather upholstery. Unfortunately, safety and security provisions are poor. The Voyager only scored one star out of a possible four in Euro NCAP crash tests and its locks kept our attack testers at bay for just six seconds.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Chrysler Voyager MPV?