From launch there'll be a choice of three engines: two petrol units (a 69bhp 1.2-litre and a 85bhp 0.9-litre two-cylinder turbo engine) and one diesel (95bhp 1.3-litre). The quickest engine in the range is the 95bhp 1.3-litre diesel that propels the Ypsilon to 62mph in 11.0s and has a top speed of 114mph. This is the same unit used in the Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Vauxhall Corsa and the Vauxhall Meriva.
This engine feels a little low on power when taking off, but get it up to motorway speeds and it will happily sit at the national limit with ease. The 85bhp 0.9-litre will complete the benchmark sprint in 11.5s and it has a top speed of 109mph. The slowest engine is the 1.2-litre petrol with 69bhp and it'll get from zero to 62mph in 14.0s with a top speed of 101mph.
When overtaking in any of the Ypsilon models, make sure you plan well in advance because they are all short on low-down power. You'll also have to be prepared to change down a few cogs to complete the manoeuvre in a safe manner.
With quite a high seating position you realise that this is not going to be a car for enthusiasts. It is no match for a Ford Ka or even a VW Polo when driving through corners on twisty B-roads. There is quite a bit of body roll and the steering does not provide anywhere near enough feedback. However, if you are going to spend a lot of time in city centres then you will enjoy the light steering because it makes parking a cinch.
The soft suspension set-up is welcome too, because it soaks up the potholes very nicely.
The Ypsilon just comes up short when you consider interior quality. The hard plastics on the dash and the cheap looking switchgear let it down and the fact is the Ypsilon is not as well finished as a Ford Ka. For those on a budget where these aspects are not quite so important, it is a sound supermini.
Chrysler has made a very comfortable supermini. The high seating position allows for all-round good visibility. There is plenty of leg- and head-room up front but the rear should be reserved for children. Six-footers will be rather cramped in the rear because of the Ypsilon's coupe-like lines but noise levels are reasonable even when you are travelling at motorway speeds.