A 168bhp 2.4 petrol engine coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox is available, but the diesel option – a 138bhp 2.0-litre unit from VW – will be more popular. It feels a bit flat at low revs, but pulls strongly once the turbocharger starts spinning. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but there's the option of a six-speed dual-clutch transmission that offers manual or automatic shifts.
Dodge Journey MPV ride & handling
The Journey is a big car, but it's easy to drive in town thanks to light steering. The suspension doesn’t limit body movement all that well, so your passengers may get tossed around in their seats more than they'd like. The ride has a rather firm edge, too, and the steering doesn't tell you much about what's going on.
Dodge Journey MPV refinement
The Journey shuts out wind- and road noise extremely well on the motorway, so it’s a shame that the diesel engine ruins things. It clatters away noisily the whole time, even when it’s idling, and there’s an annoying background hum when you're cruising at motorway speeds.