Review: Chrysler Grand Voyager (2008 – 2015)
Large and comfortable with generous space for seven passengers. Excellent Stow & Go seats that fold flat into the floor. Well equipped as standard.
Nearly 17 feet long so can be tricky to park and manouevre. Some of the interior feels a little cheap considering the price tag. Better in the back than behind the wheel.
Chrysler Grand Voyager (2008 – 2015): At A Glance
Proper, full-sized people carriers are becoming a rare thing, but the Chrysler Grand Voyager retains the old-school theory of MPVs - it's large, comfortable and immensely spacious. Of course, focussing on those strengths has its downsides, not least in terms of looks and handling, but the Chrysler Grand Voyager isn't designed to be thrown around corners - instead it's the perfect car for larger families.
The seven-seat Grand Voyager now sits in a small but definite market niche for plush, big people carriers. It's the sort of thing well-heeled families might buy instead of a 4x4 or a big estate. It's also aimed at chauffeur and private hire companies who employ cars like this use to flog around town or ferry business types from airports to hotels and conferences.
This version is much squarer and sharper than the previous model, but there are the familiar Chrysler styling touches including a large grill but while it's big, it manages not to look too bulky. Inside there's acres of space and you can easily fit in seven adults with decent room for all. Most models come with the 2.8 CRD diesel which is strong, if not especially refined.
But the Chrysler Grand Voyager really excels in terms of praticality. All the rear seats can be individually folded away into the floor and don't have to be removed like other MPVs such as the Renault Espace. This allows you to maximise either luggage or passenger space - or have a mix of both.
It's a shame that some of the interior looks a little low-rent, especially noticeable from behind the wheel where there are some rather flimsy switches - you'd expect more given the not inconsiderable price tag. But for the rear seating system alone, the Chrysler Grand Voyager is one of the best large MPVs around.
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Chrysler Grand Voyager (2008 – 2015): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 756–3296 litres
The Grand Voyager is a good example of a well-thought out, family-friendly people carrier. The two rows of rear seats collapse directly into big floor recesses that have folding covers and work as storage areas when the seats are in place. Chrysler calls this system Stow ‘n Go and there are no other seating systems as easy to use or as useful on any other car.
As a result, you don't have to haul out hefty seats to create load space and folding the rear seats is a doddle too. With all the seats down, boot space increased to a huge 3296 litres and it's the ease and speed of the system that impresses.
All the seats can be slid forward and back while legroom is superb too - the second row offers 750mm while the rearmost seats boast 790mm. There's even underfloor storage areas. The third row is a little cramped with three side by side but it's far from claustrophobic and boot space is another strong point with 756 litres. Handily the back seats can also be reversed by flipping them over - useful if you want to have a picnic in comfort and under the cover of the tailgate. A Swivel 'n Go system, which features two swivelling captain's chairs in the second row, is available as a £750 option.
The driving environment is much better than the old model. It's still not perfect - some of the plastics feel a little brittle, it feels cramped and few people will be fans of the naff wood trim. There's also still no reach adjustment on the steering wheel and no rest for your left foot - annoying on long journeys.
And as for the way all this is built, well this car is an American consumer durable, which means there's a mild but tangible cheapness about some of the materials and elements of its detailing.
This doesn't make the Grand Voyager badly made, but the way it's screwed together doesn't have the classiness Audi or even Toyota owners might expect. A relatively high mileage driver who switched cars every three or four years probably wouldn't care, but anyone driving a Grand Voyager in the middle of the next decade might see it starting to fray a little at the edges.
Still, the car will have plenty of toys to take their minds off the odd wobbly bit of plastic. There are so many to mention but the tailgate is electric, as are the sliding rear side doors, which have the novelty of electric windows that go all the way down. Rear passengers can control their own climate and the various in car entertainment systems should keep the most fractious family entertained. The optional twin folding rear video screens can show different movies or games.
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What's the Chrysler Grand Voyager (2008 – 2015) like to drive?
The Grand Voyager comes with either a 2.8-litre CRD diesel engine or a 3.8-litre V6 petrol but as you'd imagine, the latter only accounts for a handful of cars. It's the CRD that most people choose as it offers relatively affordable running costs with an average fuel economy figure of 30.4mpg, compared to just 23mpg with the V6.
Both have a six-speed automatic gearbox (with a manual override) that works unobtrusively bar a very slight surging sensation around town. The engine is willing and provides plenty of low speed pulling power and punts the car along decently the rest of the time. It's a bit vocal under hard acceleration, but has that diesel knack of quietening right down on motorways. It will accelerate from 0-62mph in a respectable 12.8 seconds but be warned that CO2 emissions of 247g/km mean car tax won't be cheap.
On the road the Grand Voyager is capable and comfortable. It rides very well, steers accurately enough and doesn't roll too much, although with a full load of passengers and luggage on board, you won't relish country lanes. The sheer size of the Grand Voyager can make parking it a challenge too and although visibility is pretty good, tight manouevres can take a while. It's far happier on the motorway where it feels relaxed and smooth.
Chrysler has focussed on safety too. Hardly unsurprising given that the previous model has an appalling safety rating with just a one star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP. This model comes loaded with safety kit, including a plethora of anti lock-brake and traction control systems plus an array of airbags, including two big, side curtain bags. It's not been crash tested yet, but it should perform far better than its predecessor.
|2.8 CRD||34–36 mpg||12.8 s||207–222 g/km|
|3.8 V6||23 mpg||12.6 s||294 g/km|
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