- Striking looks
- Efficient engines
- Low running costs
- Disappointing NCAP results
- Interior quality not the best
- Rivals are better to drive
Quirkily styled, well-equipped supermini
The Chrysler Ypsilon is one of the most unique cars in the supermini market. First introduced in 2011, the Ypsilon is based on the same platform as the Fiat Panda. The Ypsilon isn’t as complete as a lot of its rivals, but it does feature some efficient engines, low-running costs, and plenty of equipment. And then there’s the styling. So many superminis play it safe with their aesthetics, but the Ypsilon really does stand out from the crowd, so if you’re a buyer who values individuality, the Ypsilon is sure to be an attractive option.
The Ypsilon was pulled from the UK market in 2015.
Lots of equipment, but let down by interior quality
With an exterior as striking as the Ypsilon, you would expect an interior to match. The design is actually quite unique, but the quality of materials isn’t the finest. There’s a reasonable amount of storage space however, whilst equipment levels are generous.
The dashboard design of the Ypsilon is one of the most striking available in a supermini. The central mounted display, and control system, is unique to the Ypsilon, and is easy to use, whilst also making it feel like a much bigger car. The quality is, however, a little disappointing. There are some soft-touch materials used, but there’s quite a lot of flimsy-feeling plastics within easy reach.
Compared to a lot of its rivals, the storage space on offer in the Ypsilon is a little disappointing. The 245 litre boot is smaller than the Volkswagen Polo (280 litres), the Vauxhall Corsa (285 litres), and some way off the Skoda Fabia (330 litres). There’s still enough room for some shopping, or even a small buggy, but the Ypsilon isn’t one of the class-leaders.
Equipment levels in the Ypsilon are thankfully quite generous. The entry-level S trim doesn’t come with an awful lot of kit, but an upgrade to the SE trim brings everything you’re going to need. This spec comes with alloy wheels, electric windows, air-con, heated door mirrors, and a leather steering wheel. It’s quite a bit more expensive however, though used models offer good value for money.
Overall the interior of the Ypsilon is a bit of a mixed bag. The design of the cabin is both contemporary and attractive, but the quality of construction is on the disappointing side. Space is also limited, though there’s plenty of kit on offer if you go for the right trim.
Fine around town, but struggles on faster roads
Superminis are engineered to be good to drive around town, and in some respects, the Ypsilon is successful. The steering is light, which makes weaving in and out of busy traffic, and tight parking a breeze. There’s also plenty of grip through the corners, so you shouldn’t ever feel unsafe. Get the Ypsilon up to speed however, and things become a little less impressive. The vague steering doesn’t fill you with confidence on a winding B-road, whilst body roll is a little excessive.
Suspension and Chassis
Ride refinement is also not one of the Ypsilon’s strong points. The stiff suspension makes rough road surfaces, potholes, and speed bumps a bit of a hassle, with even minor abrasions jolting back into the cabin. Wind and road noise aren’t the quietest either, due to the Ypsilon’s tall design and poor insulation, so long motorway journeys won’t be exactly relaxing.
Gearbox options in the Ypsilon come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a five-speed manual transmission, that’s well-geared, but a little bit on the notchy side. An automatic transmission is also available, though it’s not really suited to the Ypsilon, as it is slow to react when you need a sudden burst of acceleration.
Two solid petrol engines, and a super-efficient diesel
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Ypsilon, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. The 0.9 TwinAir petrol, borrowed from Fiat, is the best out of the two petrols, whilst the diesel offers excellent fuel efficiency.
Superminis aren’t known for their performance pedigree, and the Ypsilon is no different. The most powerful engine in the Ypsilon range is the diesel-powered 1.3-litre M-Jet, which produces 94bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 11 seconds. It’s not the quickest car in its class, but it’s plenty quick enough for around town, whilst it’s also the most flexible engine on offer if you plan on doing a lot of out-of-town driving.
Eco-friendly buyers will be delighted with the engines on offer in the Ypsilon range. Both the 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol, and the 1.3-litre M-Jet diesel produce less than 100g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s mightily impressive, even for the supermini class. Money-savers will also be attracted to these models, as they offer free road tax. The diesel unit offers the best fuel efficiency out of the two, with up to 74.3mpg on offer, but even the petrol offers 67mpg, so you’ll save plenty of money either way.
There might be three engines in the Ypsilon range, but there are clearly two stand-out options. The 0.9 litre petrol, and the 1.3 litre diesel are more efficient, greener, and more flexible than the 1.2 litre petrol, so it’s definitely worth looking out for these models.
Disappointing NCAP results, but decent standard safety kit
Unlike a lot of cars in its class, the Ypsilon failed to achieve the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. The 2-star rating it did get is particularly disappointing, especially compared to rivals. The Ypsilon scored reasonably well in child safety (79%), and pedestrian safety (64%), but fell way short of the class standard in both adult safety (44%) and safety assist (38%). You will get some safety kit as standard however, with four airbags featuring, though electronic stability control is an optional extra.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Chrysler Ypsilon represents good value for money for supermini buyers. This varies from model to model, but generally speaking fuel efficiency is impressive throughout the range (no model achieves less than 55mpg), whilst tax bands are low thanks to exceptional CO2 emissions. The Ypsilon is also a lot cheaper to buy second-hand than the majority of its rivals, so it’ll cost you less to buy in the first place.
Insurance groups with the Ypsilon again depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 3 for the entry-level 1.2 S, and climbs up towards group 12 if you’re tempted by the top of the range 1.3 M-Jet Limited. Whichever model you go for, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Chrysler Ypsilon, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
Buyers searching for a supermini that looks and feels a bit different from the norm are sure to love the Ypsilon. It’s striking looks are undoubtedly its biggest selling point, though it’s low running costs and green emissions are also huge positives. It’s not as complete a package as some of the cars in the supermini class, but it’s a great value option for individuals on a budget.
Buying a used Chrysler Ypsilon online with Carspring
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.