A dif­fer­ent take on the city car

Cynon Valley - - MOTOR WALES - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

THE Chrysler Yp­silon, which was ba­si­cally a re­badged Ital­ian mini-Lancia based on the Fiat 500, was avail­able here be­tween 2011 and 2016.

But it wasn’t just a straight re­badge be­cause it has a longer wheel­base than the 500 and comes with five doors and cun­ningly con­cealed rear door han­dles.

Fiat saw it as an up-mar­ket ver­sion of the 500, but oddly, sold it as a Chrysler here rather than a Lancia.

It is a stylish and very dif­fer­ent take on the city car with a good look­ing cabin and a rea­son­able amount of in­te­rior space.

Three en­gines were in­cluded in the range when it was launched, 1.2 and turbo 0.9-litre petrols with ei­ther 69 or 85bhp and a 1.3 turbo diesel with 95bhp.

This is the per­for­mance choice giv­ing a 0-60 sprint in about ten and a half sec­onds, and is the same unit used in the Fiat Panda and Vaux­hall Corsa.

The lit­tle 875cc twin cylin­der turbo petrol is only a lit­tle slower and even more fun be­cause it seems so will­ing and peppy.

It’s also ca­pa­ble of 67 miles per gal­lon, while the 1.2 has an of­fi­cial fig­ure of 55 and the diesel 74.

The seat­ing po­si­tion is quite high, so it will suit peo­ple who don’t find get­ting in and out of cars very easy.

That said, fairly soft sus­pen­sion means it rolls a fair bit in harder cor­ners and the han­dling is not helped by steer­ing which is lack­ing in feed­back.

In the city, this light steer­ing is per­fect how­ever, mak­ing easy work of park­ing and ma­noeu­vring and get­ting out of tight spa­ces.

The soft sus­pen­sion soaks up pot­holes and poor sur­faces in town with ease and also takes speed humps with­out too much dis­rup­tion.

I like the dash lay­out, with all the in­stru­ments above the cen­tre con­sole but some of the plas­tics are a bit hard and the fin­ish could be bet­ter.

The high seat­ing po­si­tion gives a good view all round but although there is plenty of leg and head-room up front, the rear should be re­served for chil­dren.

Re­fine­ment and noise are rea­son­able even at mo­tor­way speeds, and far bet­ter than some other cars in the class.

Three trim lev­els were avail­able to start with - S, SE and Lim­ited but these were later re­vised to Sil­ver, Gold and Plat­inum.

Even low­est trim cars have al­loys, LED tail-lights, ra­dio with MP3 and CD player, elec­tric front win­dows, re­mote key­less en­try, elec­tric fold­ing mir­rors and a spoiler.

Move up and things like air con, leather covered steer­ing wheel, elec­tri­cally pow­ered and heated fold­ing mir­rors and steer­ing wheel au­dio con­trols are all in­cluded.

Pay about £3,750 for a ’14 14-reg 1.2 SE, or £5,250 for a ’16 16-reg M-Jet diesel Gold.

Chrysler Yp­silon

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