Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Dodge have bought something a little different to our people mover market with their seven-seater Journey - but is this Journey worth a trip to your local Dodge dealer to check one out?
Yes, if you are a people-mover buyer who values, space, versatility, and distinctive styling that breaks the conservative norms that largely rule this market segment.
The Journey is one of range of new models aimed to pull Chrysler-Dodge out the financial mire it found itself in when the recession hit nearly three years ago, although prior to this, the company’s bottom line had been bleeding plenty of red ink.
Powering the Journey is a 2.7 litre 136kw V6 that has been an adequate performer in a in a variety of Dodge and Chrysler models over the last few years. If you want more under bonnet action, it comes at a price with the 2.0 litre turbo diesel, that has 360 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm to help it along the path to providing owners with more satisfying performance. While the V6 is no dynamo it cruises smoothly enough at open road speeds and noise levels are well subdued. Throttle response is not as strong and decisive as you would expect from a six-cylinder motor. While a six-speed dual -clutch transmission has helped energized this engine it has not been enough to provide genuinely snappy acceleration to nip past slower moving traffic.
What is the verdict? A cheap and versatile people-mover but its performance and driving dynamics are decidedly average.