Car Review: Chrysler - Grand Voyager  Series 07 (4 stars)

The Daddy of MPVs - both historically and in terms of size

Following four previous incarnations since the Voyager invented the concept, Chrysler's substantial MPV now only comes as the seven-seat Grand Voyager, as a cabinet reshuffle sees the standard Voyager's shoes filled by the Dodge Journey. There's a choice of 2.8-litre V6 diesel or 3.8-litre V6 petrol engines, and a six-speed auto 'box is the only transmission option.

An imposing grille, chunky headlights and sharp lines mean it tows the Chrysler family line when it comes to exterior styling, and make for a smart, classy shape, though it can't mask the underlying shape of a minivan. Interior finish, while much improved, is still not quite up to scratch, as some materials feel plain cheap.

One thing you won't be short of in the Grand Voyager is space. The second and third rows of seats are simple to fold away, which realises a huge load-carrying volume, supplemented by numerous useful cubbies throughout the cabin including usable wells left empty when the seats aren't folded. Occupants of the front four pews are spoiled for room, while passengers five, six and seven will be quite cosy on the back row.

Family-friendly options include drop-town DVD screens that can show different programmes at once, and while the standard four-speaker stereo is poor on the LX model, higher spec versions have a more sophisticated sound system. Triple-zone climate control, motorised sliding doors and curtain airbags are standard features that put the Grand Voyager ahead of many rivals.

Thanks to development time well spent on UK roads, the new car is much more responsive than its predecessor, with respectable grip, controlled body roll and a supple ride. The steering produces good feedback and helps make the Grand Voyager easy to live with during brisk cross-country trips.

We'd only ever choose the diesel engine, which offers decent pull about town, but needs the auto 'box to kick down for anything approaching reasonable acceleration at higher speeds. Fuel economy around 25mpg doesn't sound great, but considering you can pack seven people in, it doesn't seem so bad per capita. Road tax won't come cheap, though, as it emits 247g/km of CO2, while the petrol choice pumps out a barely forgivable 294g/km. While these are tough, reliable engines, they are neither modern nor frugal.

Servicing costs are relatively modest, though, and despite its agricultural engines, the Grand Voyager supplies an awful lot of room and impressive levels of kit at a very competitive price.

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