Chrysler PT Cruiser Hatchback review (2000-2008)
The initial rush of buyers that was caused by the introduction of the PT-Cruiser has ebbed, now it's become a more familiar sight
The initial rush of buyers that was caused by the introduction of the PT-Cruiser has ebbed, now it's become a more familiar sight. One of the 'must have' cars of late, alongside the VW Beetle, and currently the MINI, the PT-Cruiser at least brings a modicum of practicality with its retro-Americana styling. Love it or loathe it you can't help but notice the PT, that being a large part of its appeal. It drives reasonably well too, the gearbox slotting though its ratios with a sporting feel, the lever topped by a knob that looks and feels like a pool ball so favoured by hot-rodders.
The stiff body reveals no squeaks or rattles, the interior trim that is largely shared with the Neon and Voyager range. Unfortunately the Cruiser also shares a powerplant with the Neon, a 2.0 litre producing 140bhp and 188Nm torque, which proves coarse and noisy. Better then to opt for the 2.2-litre common rail diesel that's a recent, and welcome, addition to the range. Well specified, practical, eye catching and fun to drive, it has desirability written all over it. Petrol engine aside, the PT Cruiser is a sure-fire winner. Chrysler has built a reputation for being brave with new models, with the PT it's certainly paid off.