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First drive: Chrysler Sebring – on sale now

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Launching a new car into the D segment is never an easy task, especially when the new Ford Mondeo has been stealing the headlines.

However, Chrysler rightly believes that not everyone wants a Mondeo or a Volkswagen Passat and is offering an attractive alternative with the Sebring.

The car comes with a choice of three engines: 2.0-litre petrol, 2.4-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

All models come with the Limited trim and customers will be pleased with the equipment level offered. This includes leather- trimmed seats and steering wheel as well as a heated/cooled cup holder.

Sadly, the quality of the materials is a big let-down, which may deter some customers.

On the upside, there’s plenty of room to carry four adults comfortably on long journeys.

The Sebring feels sturdy and secure on the road, though it’s not the most engaging car to drive. The suspension has been adjusted for the European market and motorway journeys are pleasant. Bumpy B-roads are less so.

Dealers should note the 45.6mpg fuel economy and 138bhp at 1,750rpm produced by the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine.

Chrysler expects this model to account for 70% of sales. However, it is unwilling to share its sales target.

Price: From £17,995
Engine: 2.0, 2.4-litre petrol, 2.0-litre diesel; 138-167bhp
Performance: 0-62mph 11.1-12 sec, top speed 118-126 mph
Transmission: Five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Efficiency: 36.2-45.6mpg; 170-211g/km CO2
CAP RV 3yr/30k: £5,650-£5,975 (31-32%)
Rivals: Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat, Peugeot 407
Strengths: Fuel economy, spacious, specification levels
Opportunity: Male buyers wanting to stand out from the crowd
Threat: New Mondeo

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