The Chrysler Ypsilon may appear like a three-door hatchback, but the body itself is really a five-door. This surprise also comes with rear door handles tucked neatly in C-pillar, which results in a striking svelte appearance especially when viewed from up front. Other gorgeous features of the Ypsilon include the artistically sculpted LED tail-lights on both sides of the boot opening, which provide the body a rounded rear end. Compared to the sizeable Delta hatchback, the Chrysler is much curvier and features a European design that’s much more pleasing to the UK market. In terms of size, the Ypsilon has a longer wheelbase.
The Ypsilon has three engines in its range: a 1.3-litre diesel at 95bhp and two petrol units, a 0.9-litre two-cylinder turbo engine and a 1.2-litre unit at 69bhp. The 1.3-litre diesel is the quickest in the range, with its ability to arrive at 62mph in just 11.0 seconds and an impressive top speed at 114mph. Although the unit tends to feel low as you start off, its prowess begins to sow as you arrive at motorway speeds. The 0.9-litre unit is just as impressive in its 109mph top speed and 11.5 seconds mark for its benchmark sprint.
Car enthusiasts may not lean towards the Ypsilon, but this model is able to do a fair job in terms of light steering and getting you through city centres. The soft suspension set-up isn’t bad either as you won’t have any problems going over potholes and other road discomforts.
Boot space is adequate at 245 litres, making it larger than the Fiat 500 and Ford Ka. Its capacity can be expanded into 562 litres. Apart from the boot space, the model includes more than enough cubbies for extra change.
The interior is quite comfortable, with a high seating position that provides all-around visibility for the driver. The front is home to more than enough leg and headroom. The rear area is best set for children, as six-footers will feel cramped especially on long journeys. Noise levels are kept at a minimum, keeping the journey quiet and easy.
Unfortunately the Ypsilon’s interior design is not on the same level as the exterior. The dash’s hard plastics appear cheap and pale in comparison next to the impressive finish of the Ford Ka. But if you’re on a limited budget, such matters won’t be much of an issue when making a choice on the best supermini for your lifestyle.
Compared to the tougher models such as the VW Polo and Ford Ka, the Chrysler Ypsilon is no match in driving through the difficult B-roads. Body roll is noticeable and the feedback poor from steering. But if your regular trips don’t require passing through such conditions, such a handling issue shouldn’t be a big problem. Overtaking is a bit of a challenge as well, as you’ll have to plan each move in advance due to the limitations on low-down power. Expect to put in extra effort and advanced planning into completing a manoeuvre properly.
In terms of practicality, the Ypsilon is a shoe in as a smart investment for the family or for a young couple. But anyone after a more challenging and smooth ride will have to look towards higher end models.
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