The Delta name may be more familiar alongside Lancia instead of Chrysler, infact this Delta is badged Lancia in left-hand-drive markets whilst it wears the Chrysler badge in right-hand-drive countries. Despite the American name that’s now under Fiat’s ownership, it’s still all Italian inside, with switch gear recognisable from other Alfa Romeo models.
The Delta has arrived in Ireland with a choice of three specifications to choose from. The entry-level SE is priced from €21,995 and comes equipped with 16” alloys, air conditioning, a multi-function steering wheel and ESP as standard. The mid-range SR model benefits from cruise control, climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and leather / Alcantara upholstery. I drove the top of the range Limited specification, which certainly oozes luxury for a compact family car. Just some of the standard equipment includes a leather upholstered dashboard, integrated satellite navigation, leather seats and a two-tone paint finishing with a gloss black roof. The Delta is roomy and comfortable for the driver and passengers, although there’s no footrest for the driver’s left foot and not enough space to place your foot alongside the clutch. The car performs well on the move with plenty of power available from the 2.0l M-Jet turbo diesel, which delivers 165hp through its front wheels. The engine has great mid-range power, thanks to a hefty 360Nm of torque, which is generous for a car in this class. Sixth gear is quite high and on a long run certainly aids fuel economy, the Delta will return a notable 5.1l/100km on a combined run. Despite its strong performance figures, this high-end Delta is close on €30,000. I would envisage the more rational 120hp 1.6l diesel contributing for the majority of sales.
Thanks to its stylish distinctive looks and luxurious touches, the Chrysler Delta makes its mark in the competitive C-segment.[table “54” not found /]