Chrysler 300C Review: 2007 Model | 300C | Car Buyers Guide

2007 Chrysler 300C Touring Review

My American friend came for a visit recently, ticking all the usual cliche boxes by having a Guinness in an Eye-rish pub and tracing his ancestry to the arse end of nowhere. I thought a Chrysler 300C Touring would be an appropriate mode of transport for his visit because I felt it would imbue Matt with a proper sense of scale as we threaded our way along some of our narrowest streets and boreens. The last time either of us had ridden in a 300C it was back in Texas so this would be a real culture shock for us both, but the real surprise came in discovering that the big Chrysler didn't wallow along like a drunken hippo anymore, feeling positively agile thanks to its Euro-spec suspension. By BMW or Audi standards it's still a bit of a softie, perhaps, but nothing compared to the plate-of-jelly-with-two-axles dynamics of the U.S. version.


The good people at Chrysler have also worked on the steering, making it weightier than before even if it’s still controlled by a rings-of-Saturn-sized steering wheel and it's no more responsive. Again, compared to European models it's all a bit slow-witted and ponderous, but it's a million times better than I remember. If only the cabin were a bit quieter – the stiffer suspension components seem to be transmitting a lot of extra noise into the cabin, ruining what is otherwise a superbly refined environment. It’s not like a few more kilos of sound deadening would have made any difference to the 300C substantial heft.

The 300C‘s transmission feels the same as it always did, smooth shifting and intelligently programmed if a little hesitant to kick down under middling throttle applications. The ex-Mercedes 3.0-litre V6 diesel is a wonderful addition to the 300C, however, offering ample torque to see off any load you could possibly fit in its vast interior. It's economical, too, chugging down only 10 litres per 100km of demanding, fully laden driving as we criss-crossed the country in search of historical monuments and distant cousins.

It's not without its flaws, the 300C, not least of which is a cheaply finished and noisy cabin and the way is squirms around under heavy braking, but overall it’s an admirable beast - one of the few cars named 'Touring' that actually lives up to the name. Even my American friend was impressed by its km-munching comfort, although he had to keep his eyes shut every time we met on oncoming truck in case the 300C wouldn’t quite fit through. Poor Matt. He never did get used to the scale of things over here.

Verdict: Firmed up for us Europeans, the 300C Touring is just firm enough to avoid wallowing but comfy enough to trot the globe in a single sitting.

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€ 52,800 when New

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€ 52,800


3.0 V6
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5 speed Auto
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Chrysler 300C ( 2006)

our score
  • Styling & Design

    Brash and proud

  • Engine Specifications

    Fab engines

  • Performance


  • Ride & Handling


  • Interior & Ergonomics

    Driving position

  • Space & Practicality

    Vast, useful

  • Safety

    Fine spec

  • Value & Running Costs

    Good value

  • Quality & Refinement

    So quiet

  • Equipment

    Stuffed with kit

  • Summary

    Bold, brash, big, brilliant.

  • Styling & Design

    More rear pizazz?

  • Engine Specifications

    Limited range

  • Performance


  • Ride & Handling

    You ain’t invited

  • Interior & Ergonomics

    Low-rent feel

  • Space & Practicality

    Small wagon boot

  • Safety

    Side/curtain bags

  • Value & Running Costs

    V8 resale

  • Quality & Refinement

    Cheap plastics

  • Equipment

    Sat Nav please!

  • Summary

    Not a sports car, V8 thirst.

Style & Design

America's sexiest car since the ‘66 Mustang, the 300 is bold and brash and has a presence no European luxury car can manage. The proportions are glorious, with short overhangs and a letterbox glasshouse, while the detailing is simple and eye-catching - especially the SRT 8 with its 20-inch wheels.


You can go fast in the diesel - 0-100km/h in 7.6 - really fast in the Hemi-powered model - 0-100 in 6.4 seconds - or ballistic in the SRT8 - 0-100 in 5 seconds dead. The diesel tops out at 230km/h but the V8s are held back at 250km/h. All engines have oodles of torque, too, so they never feel slow.

Ride & Handling

The 300C might ride supremely well and waft along in hushed luxury but it’s not a huge fan of corners. The steering wheel is huge, the steering is kind of slow and light. It’ll grip hard and corner hard, but you won’t be part of the action. SRT-8 is disappointingly un-engaging and ESP stays on.

Interior & Ergonomics

For such an expensive vehicle, the 300C isn’t very nicely finished inside. The dash looks slightly low rent and there’s nothing posh about the switchgear or dials, although the top SRT-8 models has beefier seats. The driving position is excellent, though, and it’s an easy cabin to get used to.

Quality & Refinement

The Austrian-made 300C’s plastics might be a bit cheap, but it seems very well made and it all feels solid to the touch. The ride quality is excellent and refinement is top-drawer, making it an excellent means of transport regardless of the journey.


Every 300C comes with ESP (which can't be switched off), ISOFIX child seat mounts, three 3-point seatbelts and headrests in the rear, front airbags, auto wipers, parking sensors, tyre pressure monitors and Xenon lights. Why no side or curtain airbags, though?

Space & Practicality

The 300C interior is rather cavernous. There’s decent space in the front and back and the boot is massive. In traditional American style, there are loads of places for odds and ends about the cabin. The wagon adds another dimension of practicality but the boot is not much bigger.

Value & Running Costs

The 300C isn’t cheap but it offers a lot car for the money, not only in terms of size but also presence, image and luxury. In this context it's actually pretty good value and will be quite desired used also. Buy the SRT-8 if money is no object. Otherwise, the diesel is the smart choice.


Basic 300Cs are equipped with 18” alloys, fog lights, Xenon lights, parking sensors, power heated leather seats with mirror and stereo memory, cruise and two-zone climate control, electric windows, Walnut trim and a leather steering with audio controls. SRT-8 adds 20-inch wheels and bucket seats.

Engine Specifications

Three engines are offered: a cracking 218bhp Mercedes diesel, a belting 5.7-litre V8 ‘Hemi’ engine and an insane 6.1-litre V8 that sounds and goes as an American engine should. The ex-Mercedes V6 petrol engines aren’t offered in Ireland, sadly, and all are mated to 5-speed autos.


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