2010 Dodge Charger | new car review

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 by

The Charger is a rear-wheel drive four-door sedan that was launched in 2005. It is based on the same platform as the Challenger and the Chrysler 300. Though the 2010 Charger affords all the conveniences of a sedan, it does look like an American and has an aggressive stance. It also boasts of spirited performance especially with the bigger V8-powered version.

The car’s intimidating appearance coupled with its strong performance and five-door practicality make it a popular choice as a police squad car around the world and in the Middle East too.The big Charger is also a decent family car with seating for five and a sizeable boot.

Available in three variants – SE, SXT and R/T – the Charger is Dodge’s best-selling model in the region. While the SE and SXT are powered by a 250bhp, 3.5-litre V6 engine, the R/T comes with a more powerful but thirstier 368bhp, 5.7-litre V8. Buyers from the region are sadly deprived of the top-end 6.1-litre V8-powered Charger SRT8. The V6 engine is mated to an ageing four-speed automatic while the V8 works with a more refined five-speed automatic with manual shift capability.

The Charger R/T distinguishes itself from the rest of the pack with its dual exhausts and larger 20-inch alloy wheels (the SE and SXT models feature 18-inch alloys) with wider tyres. The interiors though spacious have aged since the car was launched.

Available and optional equipment includes leather seats, power front seats, CD/MP3 sound system, rear DVD entertainment system and leather steering and gear knob. Safety kit includes ABS with brake assist, traction control, electronic stability program and dual front airbags.

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