Here’s something we wouldn’t have said about the previous Chrysler Grand Voyager: take a serious look at it if you’re thinking about buying a large MPV. What you’ll find is a thoughtfully designed and mostly well-executed piece of large MPV design. If you need to transport lots of people frequently in comfort – whether that’s a large family or as a business – the new Grand Voyager has much to recommend it.
Its seating layout is good, the way they fold into the floor is nothing short of excellent and, although cabin fit and finish are still some way short of European standards, you are unlikely to be appalled. It even handles tidily.
However, there are areas that still need serious improvement before the Grand Voyager can fulfill its potential as a great MPV. Chiefly, it needs to be equipped with a much quieter and more frugal engine.
But at least there’s a far better Euro NCAP rating this time around – it scored four stars when tested in 2011 as a Lancia Grand Voyager, the name it is known by in mainland Europe.
Overall, there’s a case for choosing a Grand Voyager. It’s well equipped and, although it’s not as good as a Ford Galaxy to drive, it is at least as good to be a passenger in, and that’s what’s overwhelmingly important in seven-seat MPVs.