Chrysler makes 300C more affordableNew entry-level model starts from less than £24k

05 January 2010

Chrysler 300C SE

Well-equipped 300C SE costs just £23,995

The Chrysler 300C is now available for as little as £23,995, thanks to a revamped model line-up including new entry-level SE trim.

Equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, automatic wipers, leather seats (heated at the front), dual zone climate control, LED ambient interior lighting, front fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, stability control and six airbags, the new 300C SE is far from poorly equipped.

In fact, given this car technically competes in the same luxury car class as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class (it’s actually based on an old E-Class platform), it looks like exceptional value.

SR adds satnav, SRT sporty looks

Above the SE now sits the SR trim level. SR adds auto-dimming rear view mirror, stereo upgrade, satellite navigation and Bluetooth, and it costs £24,995. Options are limited to a power sunroof (£750) and heated rear seats (£250).

SRT completes the regular model range, adding mostly visual enhancements, including 20-inch alloys, wheel arch extensions, mesh grille, leather and suede trimmed sports seats and carbon-fibre interior trimmings. SRT costs £27,995.

Turbodiesel powerful but poor emissions

All of the above are powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, producing 215bhp and 376lb ft of torque (pulling power), coupled to an automatic gearbox as standard. The 0-62mph dash takes a swift 8.7 seconds and top speed is 143mph. However, this performance comes at the expense of an unimpressive 34.9mpg combined and high 215g/km CO2 emissions.

The very top of the range remains unchanged - the high performance Chrysler 300C SRT-8. Powered by a 425bhp 6.1-litre V8 petrol, this hammers to 62mph in just 5.0 seconds and has a 165mph top speed. Yours for £41,795, if you can afford the fuel bills.

The 2010 Chrysler 300C model range is available to order now. 

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