2014 Chrysler 200 | new car review
Driving the Chrysler 200 around town will definitely make you stand out.
Materials used aren't of the best quality.
Due to its rarity on the streets of the UAE, people are almost guaranteed to take an about turn in their seats when a Chrysler 200 whizzes by, but I can assure you, it wasn’t the design that made them do that. In ‘S’ attire, the 2014 Chrysler 200 sheds its economical family car image for something a little sportier; it welcomes blacked out mesh upper and lower grilles, diffusers on both bumpers, larger wheels and a rear spoiler. Quite frankly, it’s the S and nothing less that you should settle for.
Inside, the designers have tried their best to attract the youth towards the 2014 Chrysler 200 with blue neons illuminating the cup holders, foot wells and cubby holes. While materials around the cabin include a combination of plastic and leatherette, the dashboard is neat and clutter-free with the infotainment system and central A/C vents enclosed into one, with piano black and silver surrounds.
Every 2014 Chrysler 200 is equipped with front multistage airbags, which deploy with appropriate force based on the severity of the impact. Side-curtain airbags help provide added protection for all outboard passengers in side-impact collisions or rollover events. And front seat-mounted side airbags help provide enhanced side protection for both the driver and front passenger.
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Two engine choices make their way into the 2014 Chrysler 200. While the 2.4 litre 4-cylinder puts out 173 horsepower and 225 Nm of torque, it boasts a top speed of 190 km/h and touches the 100 km/h mark in 9.0 seconds. On the other hand, the 3.6 litre V6 packs a stronger punch and churns out 283 horsepower and 352 Nm of torque through a 6 speed automatic transmission to propel the 1,625kg American sedan to a 100 km/h, in just 7.0 seconds.
The nearest rival to the Chrysler 200 would have to be the German Volkswagen Jetta. Now, while the 200 wears a lower starting price, is more powerful and comes with an acoustic laminated windshield to create a quieter cabin, keep your horses at bay. Because the 2015 redesigned version of the American sedan is just around the corner and you wouldn’t want to be seen in the old model, now would you?