Sporty looks, low exhaust emissions, proven engines
Little feedback from steering, short on low-down pulling power
Looks can be deceiving. At first glance Chrysler's new Ypsilon compact hatchback appears to be a three-door, but look closer and you'll see that it’s actually a five-door. The rear door handles are neatly tucked into the C-pillar giving the Chrysler a svelte appearance and, from the front, you might call it striking. The distinctive headlights sitting either side of the shield-shaped grille set it apart from the other, more generic hatchbacks and when you move around to the rear, the drama continues: the well-sculpted LED tail-lights at either side of the boot-opening give the car a unique, yet satisfyingly rounded rear end.
Can it gather fans like the 500, and is it as good to drive as a Ford Ka? Read on to find out…
The Parkers Verdict
The Ypsilon has certainly got a European design (that’s a good thing) and it's much more curvy than Chrysler's more sizeable hatchback, the Delta.
It has the underpinnings of the Fiat 500 and the Ford Ka but it has a longer wheelbase (the same wheelbase as the 2012 Fiat Panda). So, it's a looker (of sorts) and should appeal to those after 'something different'.