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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5
Chrysler PT Cruiser (00-08) - rated 2.5 out of 5
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PROS

Distinctive retro-styling, reasonably practical, earliest cars are very affordable

CONS

Lacklustre engines, dated and poor quality interior

At a glance

New price £12,790 - £18,420
Used price £200 - £1,785
Fuel economy 26 - 47 mpg
Road tax cost £260 - £555
Insurance group 23 - 26 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Distinctive retro-styling, reasonably practical, earliest cars are very affordable

CONS

Lacklustre engines, dated and poor quality interior

Chrysler PT Cruiser rivals

Chrysler's PT Cruiser combines hot-rod looks and retro style with a healthy dose of practicality. It's an off-beat alternative to the family hatchbacks like the Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra, although it lacks the engine choice, build quality and refinement of these popular models. The plasticky interior feels cheap and it's not especially comfortable with a rough ride on uneven surfaces.

However, it's affordable, quite practical and worth considering if you're after something out of the ordinary. A 2006 facelift added fresher interiors and a more powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine.

Chrysler PT Cruiser rivals

Other Chrysler PT Cruiser (2000 - 2008) models: