Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

The 300C features real wood inserts on the instrument panel, doors, centre console and steering wheel surround and the dashboard features chrome touches and blue LED lighting. In front of the driver there’s an instrument cluster with two large faces. It’s a little over the top and not particularly subtle, but there is a sense of occasion about it. The cabin layout is fairly logical because the array of buttons has been kept to a minimum because a lot of the controls are included on the entertainment system.

The thickness of the pillars and has been reduced to improve external visibility but they still compromise the view out of the sides of the windscreen. The fit and finish doesn’t feel particularly premium: there are creases on the leather on the doors and dashboard, and it isn’t of a very high quality. The wood finish isn’t up to the standards of German rivals and the lid on the cubby in front of the gear lever isn’t especially solid, and you’d expect better from a car of this price.

The pedals are also offset to the right, which compromises a comfortable driving position.

Chrysler 300C comfort is acceptable. You get a pillow-soft ride on smooth surfaces, but on less-than-perfect roads it gets very bouncy. The seats are comfy, but there’s little lateral support so you never feel nicely hemmed in when cornering. Thankfully, engine, wind or road noise has been well contained. Chrysler says the all-new seats have been designed to guarantee best-in-class comfort.

That’s arguable. The front seats have four-way lumbar adjustment to suit individual tastes and, to improve rear-seat comfort, the front seat backrests have a sculpted shape for about 20cm more knee-room. To ensure more foot room, the seat guides are located at the edges of the base. It’s worth noting that you’ll find better quality interiors in the likes of Jaguar’s XF, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Audi A6.