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Chrysler PT Cruiser Estate review

2000 - 2008 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

At a glance

Price new £12,790 - £18,420
Used prices £437 - £3,444
Road tax cost £320 - £675
Insurance group 23 - 26
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 326 - 589 miles
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Pros & cons


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


Lacklustre engines, dated and poor quality interior

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.