2014 Chrysler 300 S Review

2014 Chrysler 300 S Review

2014 Chrysler 300 S Road Test and Review

You wouldn’t find a bigger fan of the Chrysler 300 than me. From the ultra-impressive turbo-diesel V6 to the thirsty but wildly awesome 6.4 litre Hemi V8, the 300 is a well-priced and generously equipped large car offering.

2014 Chrysler 300 S ReviewBut there is another engine on offer – the Pentastar V6, which is the same engine you’ll find under the bonnet of a number of other Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge models, including the Wrangler.

With a 3.6 litre capacity and producing 210kW and 340Nm, the V6 does a more than reasonable job of moving the big Chrysler around.

Yes, if you compare it to the SRT8 and SRT8 Core versions of the 300 it is a little pedestrian, but for most applications the Pentastar motor more than does the job.

Fuel consumption comes in at a 9.4L/100kms, around the city expect that to climb up to around 13.0L/100kms, while on the open road the 300 S will use as little as 6.7L/100kms.

There is no shortage of ratios in the transmission either – the Chrysler 300 features an eight-speed auto!

Inside the cabin you quickly notice that the 300 now features the new short and stubby T-bar selector on the console, this replaces the more awkward ‘stepped’ selector that has featured in the Chrysler for years.

As you would expect from a large car sourced from North America the ride is very comfortable, 20” alloys and low profile tyres don’t really take away from the comfort.

Handling, for the size of the car, is pretty respectable and the brakes (with twin-spot calipers up front) are very good.

The cabin is quiet and nicely laid-out. Featuring Nappa leather seats, legroom front and back is good and while the roofline is quite low, visibility to the front and side is good and only passable to the rear.

Standard features inside the 300 S include; sat-nav, reversing camera, Bluetooth, push-button ignition, parking sensors, electric front seats, heated steering wheel and heated seats front and back too!

Oh, and the most amazing Alpine sound system!

2014 Chrysler 300 SAs yet the Chrysler 300 range doesn’t have an ANCAP safety rating.

Summing it up – The Chrysler 300 is one of my favourite cars. It’s big, comfortable, well-stacked and easy to live with.

The S version is a winner, though if push came to shove my choice would be the 300 with the turbo-diesel engine (not available in S configuration though).

Still, given the reasonable tag and all the standard features, you could certainly do worse than the 300 S.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2014 Chrysler 300 S

Engine: 3.6 litre V6 petrol producing 210kW and 340Nm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000kms

Price: From $43,000 (300 S from $47,500)

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