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Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review

Some cars are built for luxurious comfort. Some built for fast corners. And some are built for exploring off-road. The Chrysler Grand Voyager, however, is simply built for one thing: moving kids.

Starting at $57,500 for the entry-level LX model, our Chrysler Grand Voyager Limited test car tops the range at $77,500.

Easily able to accommodate seven adults, or two adults and a ‘bedlam’ of children – that’s a thing now – the big American people-mover comes standard with three-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, three child seat-compatible seats (two in the second row, one in the third), a power tailgate and auto levelling rear suspension.

Six airbags (driver, passenger, curtain and front side) and stability control are also included, however, the Chrysler Grand Voyager is still yet to register an ANCAP safety rating and has never bettered four out of five with EuroNCAP (in left-hand-drive Lancia Voyager Premium guise).

Its party trick, though, is its unique Stow ’n Go seating and storage system.

Comprising two independent second-row seats and a 60:40 split-fold rear bench, the system allows the second seating row to be manually folded forward flat into the floor and the third row to be tucked flat into the 934-litre boot – the latter an electrically operated affair in Limited models.

Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review

Apart from making a somewhat unexciting minivan borderline cool, the easy to use and intelligent Stow ’n Go functionality also makes cleaning up after little ones a breeze and means the flexible cargo space can be expanded to a van-like 4100L.

For its $20k premium, the flagship Limited adds a 6.5-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and 40GB hard drive, nine-speaker premium audio with Bluetooth connectivity and 7.1 surround sound, DVD player, two drop-down nine-inch overhead video screens, 17-inch alloy wheels and a reversing camera.

Adding further differentiation are chrome exterior highlights, automatically levelling HID headlights, fog lights, leather-trimmed seats with suede microfibre inserts, eight-way power adjustable and heated front seats (driver’s with memory function and two-way power lumbar adjustment), heated second-row seats and rain-sensing wipers.

Retractable second- and third-row window shades, displayed tyre pressure monitoring and a removable boot-mounted rechargeable torch are also included, while a sunroof is a $2500 option.

Open the slightly weighty door, step up into the driver’s seat and you’re met by a sea of hard materials, a dated dashboard and no driver’s footrest. Not a single piece of modern soft-touch trim appears in the cabin, with every surface being hard black plastic, hard silver plastic, chromed or a lacquered faux wood grain.

Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review

Feeling cheap in the hands, the multifunction steering wheel – offset to the right – is joined by two large plastic audio control buttons and a sole stalk on the left in charge of indicators, wipers and high beams.

On par with the steering wheel’s quality, albeit mixing hard plastics and faux leather, are the light yet clunky gear lever and the handbrake – the latter having its cable clearly visible at its base when pulled up.

The Voyager’s oversized sun visors are helpful in glary conditions, though (oddly) the clip to secure them in place is backwards (facing away from the driver), meaning they’re prone to popping out when being opened.

Wide seats provide couch-like levels of comfort and are joined by armrests and two-way adjustable headrests (up and down and able to be angled in or out).

Despite the rear end’s practical and versatile features, up front the Chrysler Grand Voyager offers few storage areas. There are no deep bottle or cup holders – one shallow place exists aft of the gear lever provided you remove the ashtray – and narrow hard plastic door pockets are all but useless.

Even the centre console bin is awkwardly compartmentalised and easily restricted or voided completely by DVDs that don’t fit in the small glovebox.

Teamed with soft suspension and tall 65-profile tyres, the 5.22m-long Grand Voyager Limited floats and bounces over suburban roads, adequately dealing with bumps and imperfections but never exhibiting much in the way of body control. The brakes too are so progressive that even under hard applications the Grand Voyager’s anti-lock brakes were never required.

Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review

The louder-than-it-is-torquey 120kW/360Nm 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is common to both variants and, teamed to a smooth, if a little slurry six-speed automatic transmission, provides enough low-end grunt to shift the family from A to B, though, it’s 12.8-second 0-100km/h tells the performance story.

A combination used to haul at least three kids around US roads since 2008, the 2255kg Chrysler Grand Voyager Limited claims a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 8.4 litres per 100km. Over our week with the car we averaged 12.8L/100km.

Entertaining and pleasing the little ones is what the Voyager Limited does best, with its two drop-down DVD screens and impressive audio package, twin remote sliding door ease of access, ample space and numerous plastic cup holders and storage cut-outs combine to make the Limited’s rear-end a terrifically kid-friendly environment. And one that would not only please the young’uns but no doubt their parents.

Unfortunately for the ageing Chrysler Grand Voyager, there are a number of rivals that offer the same number of seats – even more – in more tempting packages.

These include the new eight-seat Honda Odyssey and soon-to-be-replaced Kia Grand Carnival – both available from $38,990 – and the more compact seven-seat Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Kia Rondo and Toyota Prius V.

Chrysler Grand Voyager Review
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review

Offering plenty of space, comfort, versatility and entertainment of their own, and at between $13,510-$27,510 less than the Chrysler, the big US minivan is an increasingly difficult value equation to make.


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Chrysler Grand Voyager Specs

LIMITED : RT MY13 : 2.8L DIESEL TURBO F/INJ - 6 SP AUTOMATIC - DIESEL - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
CHRYSLER
Model
GRAND VOYAGER
Variant
LIMITED
Series
RT MY13
Year
2014
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
7
Pricing
New Price
N/A
Private Sale
$54,120 - $61,500
Dealer Retail
$52,260 - $62,150
Dealer Trade
$41,600 - $49,200
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
DIESEL TURBO F/INJ
Engine Size
2.8L
Max. Torque
360Nm @  1600rpm
Max. Power
120kW @  3800rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
57.1W/kg
Bore & Stroke
94x100mm
Compression Ratio
17.5
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
DIESEL
Fuel Tank Capacity
75Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
9.3L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
2100
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1750mm
Length
5143mm
Width
1954mm
Ground Clearance
144mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1600  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
12.1
Front Rim Size
6.5x17
Rear Rim Size
6.5x17
Front Tyres
225/65 R17
Rear Tyres
225/65 R17
Wheel Base
3078
Front Track
1651
Rear Track
1645
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Rear Suspension
Torsion bar, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Self levelling
Standard Features
Comfort
Rear seat enhancement pack
Control & Handling
Traction Control System
Driver
Satellite Navigation, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio CD with 9 Speakers
Interior
Power Windows
Safety
Side Front Air Bags
Other
Service Interval
20 months /  12,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
On Floor behind Driver Seat
Country of Origin
United States Of America