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Dodge Caliber Hatchback interior, tech and comfort

2006 - 2009 (change model)
Comfort rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

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

Most of the cabin appears as though it has been built to a low budget. The plastics used feel brittle and mark easily and the design is drab too – with grey materials dominating. The finish is not particularly good and we’d question how long it would take for squeaks and rattles to appear. The dash design itself is simple and well-laid out, helped by the chrome surround, while the white dials illuminate green at night giving a classy look.

But that does little to lift the low-rent feeling. There is no reach adjust on the steering, only rake, so taller drivers will find it difficult to find a comfortable driving position.

As the tall, wide shape suggests, there is plenty of interior space, plus you get a good level of adjustment that includes rear reclining seats on all but the base model. However, the plastics used throughout the interior are hard and almost rough textured – good for keeping clean, but less good for comfort. The backs of the front seats get this material too, so although leg room is generous, knee/seat clashes could be uncomfortable.

The ride quality is perfectly acceptable although the engines are rather raucous.