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Racing Teatray

Lancia Ypsilon

So my "Polo or similar" from Europcar at Ancona airport turned out to be an Ypsilon. I think VW would have a legitimate argument that an Ypsilon is nothing like a Polo, particularly when blessed with the same slightly underpowered 1.2 engine that graced the 500 we had last time.

Her ladyship likes it apparently - styling and all. I cannot see why you'd have one over a 500 unless 5 doors were essential. Uglier outside, horrid inside, not as well equipped (steel wheels! On a Lancia!).
Roadsterstu

Does it warrant photos or is it really that bad??
Frank Bullitt

Thought I posted on this the other night but clearly not!

I like the Ypsilon, the styling and interior are both pleasent and with the twinair it probably cuts a decent dash but in the UK it's all undone by calling it a bloody Chrysler.
Big Blue

Fairly generic hatchback fodder:

Racing Teatray

No, not that old thing! The odd-looking 5dr thing they flog over here as a Chrysler Ypsilon.

http://www.chryslerypsilon.co.uk/explore-the-car.php

Bizzarely, the interior of the supposed plush Lancia deriative feels noticeably lower rent than that of its Fiat 500 twin. The one we had lacked alloys, steering wheel mounted stereo controls, leccy rear windows etc etc. It also felt like it possessed less urge than the 1.2 500 we had last time. I had to turn the air-con off occasionally to get going but to be fair it reacted in true Italian small car style to being thrashed - ie surprisingly well. Dreadful ride though - bucked and lurched, plus for a car with 5,000 kms on the clock, it didn't half rattle.

I took no photos. It was metallic grey with a very heat-absorbing black suede-effect upholstery that was no fun in 35 degree heat.
Roadsterstu

I just don't get the reasoning behind UK cars being badged Chrysler
Giant

I much prefer the Ypsilon to its 500 sister and KA cousin.
Racing Teatray

Giant wrote:
I much prefer the Ypsilon to its 500 sister and KA cousin.


Have you tried one?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Giant wrote:
I much prefer the Ypsilon to its 500 sister and KA cousin.




Pardon???
Give me a Ka any day of the week,
oh alright, make it a week on Saturday
Twelfth Monkey

I saw one the other day and can't help but feel it's the ultimate dog's breakfast of a car.
Martin

There aren't many cars I wouldn't choose ahead of the Ypsilon!  The biggest problem with the KA, Ypsilon, Panda, 500 (to a slightly lesser degree) and other similar cars is they're too tall and narrow, so the proportions look all wrong.
Tim

We had one of those Fiat Bravo based Chryslers in my work.
I think they can carry off that look slightly better than the smaller car but it's still not exactly attractive.
Giant

Racing Teatray wrote:
Giant wrote:
I much prefer the Ypsilon to its 500 sister and KA cousin.


Have you tried one?


No, sorry, should've put 'styling wise I much prefer...'
Giant

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Giant wrote:
I much prefer the Ypsilon to its 500 sister and KA cousin.

Pardon???
Give me a Ka any day of the week,
oh alright, make it a week on Saturday


They give out the moon boots the moment you sign on the dotted line do they?  

I think the proportions and styling of the KA are awful, it's like a caricatured image of a 'newborn' Fiesta. However, I think I'd live with it if I needed that kind of car and one was on offer for 70. It's an (ugly) bargain!
Frank Bullitt

Giant wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Giant wrote:
I much prefer the Ypsilon to its 500 sister and KA cousin.

Pardon???
Give me a Ka any day of the week,
oh alright, make it a week on Saturday


They give out the moon boots the moment you sign on the dotted line do they?

I think the proportions and styling of the KA are awful, it's like a caricatured image of a 'newborn' Fiesta. However, I think I'd live with it if I needed that kind of car and one was on offer for 70. It's an (ugly) bargain!


+1 and the Ypsilon shown as an 'example' is a special edition with a chavvy paint job, normal ones look smart.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

I like them, though not in that colour scheme. A black TwinAir with the nice alloys would look smart.
Frank Bullitt

Like this one;



I did fleetingly look at a Twinair Ypsilon as a possible replacement for the Picasso but decided it was too small
Racing Teatray

Having had one for four days, I was happy to hand it back.
Big Blue

Racing Teatray wrote:
Having had one for four days, I was happy to hand it back.


Therein lies the rub. I might really like a 612 Scaglietta as a family touring car but if I drive one and find it to be a piece of shit I will buy something else.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Frank Bullitt wrote:
I think I'd live with it if I needed that kind of car and one was on offer for 70. It's an (ugly) bargain!


It's for a bit of cheap motoring fun, and the reg plate alone is sufficient to make me smile (or should that be grin, or grimace?) just by looking at it. Dealer is now pretty confident "my" plate can go on from first registration as I've had the paperwork through from DVLA already
Frank Bullitt

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
I think I'd live with it if I needed that kind of car and one was on offer for 70. It's an (ugly) bargain!


It's for a bit of cheap motoring fun, and the reg plate alone is sufficient to make me smile (or should that be grin, or grimace?) just by looking at it. Dealer is now pretty confident "my" plate can go on from first registration as I've had the paperwork through from DVLA already


Not my quote.
Giant

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
I think I'd live with it if I needed that kind of car and one was on offer for 70. It's an (ugly) bargain!


It's for a bit of cheap motoring fun, and the reg plate alone is sufficient to make me smile (or should that be grin, or grimace?) just by looking at it. Dealer is now pretty confident "my" plate can go on from first registration as I've had the paperwork through from DVLA already


Very coincidentally, suddenly we might very well be looking at a super cheap supermini. Despite my rudeness about your new cars styling, would you be willing to divulge the deal you got on the KA, the 69 deal I have found involves a 2000 deposit, which I presume your scenic did not cover?

As I know next to bugger all about leasing, are the headline grabbing prices just that or are real cars are available at those prices? Also, is the deal advertised negotiable or literally that exact spec for that exact price with that exact deposit?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Giant wrote:
would you be willing to divulge the deal you got on the KA, the 69 deal I have found involves a 2000 deposit, which I presume your scenic did not cover?

Yes, there was a deposit involved and the Scenic didn't cover all of it.  I'll PM you when I have a bit more time... probably this evening
Giant

Perfect, thank you!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
I think I'd live with it if I needed that kind of car and one was on offer for 70. It's an (ugly) bargain!


It's for a bit of cheap motoring fun, and the reg plate alone is sufficient to make me smile (or should that be grin, or grimace?) just by looking at it. Dealer is now pretty confident "my" plate can go on from first registration as I've had the paperwork through from DVLA already


Not my quote.

Apologies.
Anyway, despite its ugliness it's functional so long as your shoes are not too large (slightly small footwell area to the side of the clutch pedal)

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