The Chrysler Grand Voyager guarantees a grand journey with several key aspects: from large and comfortable seats, luggage space suitable for long trips, seven seats in count, and a spacious cabin housing all these features. Within these seats, you can enjoy the refinement of a frugal engine and a smooth ride all throughout. All this is promised in the Chrysler Grand Voyager and it has succeeded or attempted to do so with its different models and generations. But beyond its swag and ride, practicality is the main draw of the Grand Voyager.
The Grand Voyager retains a traditional design with its swoops and curves taken from the previous generation, but with the addition of stolid lines to update its look. The roofline has been removed to give more room to the interior and the sills extended for a more solid appearance. The resulting appearance isn’t distinct but it’s safe enough to please the inattentive eye. The Grand Voyager doesn’t disappoint in terms of practicality, with its rear side doors sliding for easier opening in tight spaces. Parents with young children will definitely appreciate such a convenience. Tradition continues in the Grand Voyager’s mechanicals: from its front MacPherson struts to the rear torsion beam set-up.
The Grand Voyager’s centre row chairs are comfortable and large enough, and surpass any typical initial expectations. And even with the third row sporting smaller seating, its general room offers enough space. Plus the seats fold brilliantly: the electrically operated front pair requires a little push from its initial position, but once that’s done it will be easy to fold the five rear seats into the cabin floor. Once the rear bench is split, you’re given 3296 litres more luggage space.
The Grand Voyager only comes with a 2.8-litre CRD diesel that comes with a six-speed automatic. This VM-Motori-sourced diesel has been improved from its former model, particularly in the structural changes on the crankshaft and sump, and a six per cent lighter weight. Expect its maximum power of 161bhp to arrive at about 3800rpm, and its high torque to be at 265lb ft at a low 1600rpm.
Although the Grand Voyager attempts luxury, it fails in delivering such with its interior. Plastics on the dashboard don’t match up to the class standard and the floorpan comes from the previous model. And although seats are adequate and easily flexible given a varying number of passengers, the cabin ambience itself cannot match its high-class rivals.
Ride and handling is generally decent, but only works at its best when you’re not speeding along the road or hurrying to beat the traffic. Expect a better steering experience from the Ford Galaxy. But if you don’t mind the slightly slower pace, the accurate steering won’t be a problem. Just as its name suggests, you’re guaranteed a smooth ride over long distances.
The latest Grand Voyager has been well-designed, particularly in delivering an MPV experience. The seating layout is flexible and practicable for large families and groups. But don’t expect much in terms of its interior cabin finish and materials. Serious improvement could have also been made to the engine, which needs to be quieter on the road.
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