We take a ride in the Chrysler 200, the entry point for Chrysler’s product offering. It sits alongside top-trim, mid-size family sedans like the Mazda 6, Kia Optima or Toyota Camry, although premium materials, a stylish interior and great driving experience set it apart in a competitive field.
While the initial impression of the car’s exterior won’t take your breath away, the lines are smooth and clean, and there’s absolutely nothing to dislike about it. It doesn’t take long for the sporty stance and sloping roofline to really grow on you. However, it’s on the inside that the 200 really impresses. It’s the little things, like the unique and innovative dividable centre console storage, which has a gap in it for the USB/MP3/ charging cables to pass through, so that you can charge your phone without annoying wires trailing all over the dashboard.
Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment system is well thought out and easy to use, and boasts just about everything you’d expect from a high-spec family sedan, such as Sat-Nav, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and so on. On the steering wheel you’d find the cruise control and audio functions, and the snazzy blue glow surrounding the instrument cluster is a really nice touch, especially at night. The comfortable leather seats and premium feel to everything makes for a very inviting interior, and a smooth quiet ride means a relaxing drive both in the city and on the highway.
Unfortunately, that sloping roofline does mean that the back seat is slightly cramped, and anyone six foot tall or more would not enjoy a long journey in the back of this car. Once again, the 295hp from the 3.6l Pentastar V6 engine won’t take your breath away, but it does pull the 200 along at a decent pace. 0-100km/h is managed in six seconds, and it has a top speed of 195km/h. In terms of safety the 200 also stands out, with ESC, ABS, side impact beams, front and rear curtain airbags, driver and passenger two stage airbags and knee airbags.
Overall, the Chrysler 200 is the kind of inoffensive, comfortable, safe and easy-onthe- eye family sedan that will appeal to middle-class, white-collar types and rental companies. After three days driving it, from Manama to Durrat, and back, there was absolutely nothing that we didn’t like about this car. In fact, the easy-to-use audio and Bluetooth system, the intelligent storage spaces and clean dash and centre console, really impressed.
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