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On sale in the UK: Mid 2009
Engine: 1910cc 4-cyl twin-turbo diesel, 190bhp @ 4000rpm, 294 lb ft @ 2000rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual, front wheel drive
Performance: 7.9 sec 0-62 mph, 139 mph, 49.6 mpg, 149 g/km CO2
How heavy / made of? 1430 kg/steel
How big (length/width/height in mm)? 4520/1797/1499
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Lancia Delta CAR (2008) review

By Gavin Green

First Drives

10 June 2008 09:41

Lancia is set to return to the UK midway through 2009, having departed ignominiously 14 years ago, its range of tinselled Fiats proving about as popular as gelato in a London winter.

The car that leads the charge back to to Britain is the new Delta, a quirkily styled five-door hatchback that promises new levels of luxury in the class. But does it have any chance against Audi A3s, BMW 1s and top-end Golfs? Or would be Lancia be better forgetting about the UK altogether (in 1994 it sold a risible 400 cars, and most of them discounted to fleets)?

So is the new Lancia Delta any good?

Yes it is and it’s a huge improvement on the mostly rather anodyne Lancias that last corroded on UK shores. Its main appeal is that it is genuinely different from anything else in the class. Now being ‘different’, of course, can be good (think Apple computers) or bad (think Michael Jackson makeover). But in the Delta’s case, it’s mostly positive.

It’s notably roomier than most C-segment hatches – thanks mostly to the 100mm wheelbase stretch over the donor Fiat Bravo platform – and the materials used within are pleasingly posh and luxurious. The leather trim on the seats and doors of our test car were almost Rolls-Royce soft and supple and the stitching looked hand-done by Italian craftsman (it’s not, but who’s to know?).

Lancia claims it is the first truly luxurious C-segment car and with its combination of space and plushness, it has a point. It’s aimed at those downsizing from an Audi A4 or maybe a Volvo or an upper spec Passat who don’t want any loss of luxury or ‘premiumness’ but want to lose some length and bulk and gain on fuel economy. As such, it’s well in tune with our carbon-saving times.

Click 'Next' below to read more of our Lanica Delta first drive

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bertandnairobi says

RE: Lancia Delta CAR (2008) review

That´s excellent research. I´m dismayed at the news about Denmark. I was looking forward to nosing around a dealer before too long. I wonder what could be holding them back. They just need to ship some cars, put some brochures in the boot of some of them and wait for the queues of, er.....form...or something....

02 November 2011 10:42



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car4mh says

RE: Lancia Delta CAR (2008) review

It appears that Chryslancia has an updated European sales network as of the first of June 2011. However, in a daring and innovative move it has chosen not to provide a dealer network list or online dealer locator service for Europe. I tried the Lancia global website, the Fiat Group corporate website, the Lancia press site and the 'Lancia Chrysler Experience' brand presentation. There does not appear to be a Lancia Denmark website. However, if you go to the Chrysler Denmark website, you'll find a list of dealerships which will continue to service Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles. I'd suggest calling the dealer in Aalborg, since it was a Chrysler specialist, so if anyone would be selling Chryslancias now it would be them. Hopefully.

(image: Massimo Pinca/Associated Press Photo via CBC)

UPDATE: I had Mr. Google's translatomatic service guide me through the webpages of Danish magazine 'Bil' ('Car', but not CAR) and found the answer. It seems that Fiat Denmark has decided to delay launching Lancia and Jeep in Denmark, as of this press release on 5 September 2011. No date given for when the Danes will be able to buy the Italo-American brands. I guess the dealer in Aalborg is surviving on used cars, parts & servicing if they are still in the Chryslancia fold.

01 November 2011 22:44



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bertandnairobi says

RE: Lancia Delta CAR (2008) review

Not very clear...I tried to phone and ask but I didn´t get through.

01 November 2011 13:14



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bertandnairobi says

RE: Lancia Delta CAR (2008) review

I wonder are these now available in Denmark?

01 November 2011 12:57



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kkirkou says

RE: Lancia Delta CAR review

At 4.5m long, this is not a small hatchback. It's huge for a car of this segment. A few years back that was a Mondeo class size. Now they all become big and fat. I think Lancia wants to compete in both segments and place the new Delta where that hideous Lybra was. And it is not an original design. The basic lines have a lot in common with the Leon. That doesn't mean I don't like it, I just want to put it in the right perspective. AND IT'S NOT A SMALL HATCBACK!

19 June 2008 01:00

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