The interior of the Chrysler 300C Platinum is one that Chrysler got right in every way except one. Let me show you what the 300C brings to the table:
Let’s start with the driver’s seat which was pretty comfortable. It is power adjustable, heated and vented (and so is the front passenger seat). I found it to be on the wide side as I slid around in it. Thus some might feel it needs some extra bolstering.
On the driver’s seat is this switch that allows you to adjust the power adjustable pedals to suit you.
All the door and window controls are on the driver’s door. Note the high quality stitching on the door.
You get memory settings for the drivers seat on the door as well.
Plus the button to allow you to open the flap that covers the gas cap is on the drivers door.
Here are the controls of the lighting system plus the button to release the trunk. Below that are the power adjustable pedals and the mechanical parking brake to the left. The latter I found odd for reasons that I will get to in a moment.
The steering wheel is leather wrapped and has controls for cruise control, the phone, audio, and the infotainment system. It also has paddle shifters. It is power adjustable and is on the chunky side from a feel perspective.
The speedometer is impressive. The left and right sides are mechanical, but the center is a display that can be heavily customized. It is one of the sharpest and clearest displays that I have ever seen.
The center console is impressive. Besides the 8.4″ touchscreen, HVAC controls, classy looking analog clock, and stop/start button on the left, it has this feature:
It has a flip up panel with a 12v outlet and a small storage area. you can also see the rotary dial that controls the transmission along with a storage area to the right. That brings me to the one complaint that I have with the interior. The 300C has a cool way to control the transmission in the form of the rotary dial, power adjustable steering wheel and pedals, but it has a mechanical parking brake. Seeing as the Chrysler 200s that I reviewed last year comes with a electronic parking brake and the rotary dial, one wonders why Chrysler didn’t put an electronic parking brake in the 300C.
You get a pair of cup holders that can be covered and they have a switches that allow you to keep drinks hot or cold.
It holds my Venti sized Starbucks coffee easily. But I can tell that travel mugs are a non-starter.
There is a storage area in the arm rest that has a slidable coin holder. There’s also USB ports, AUX audio jack, and a SD card slot.
The 300C is full of open pore wood and high quality stitching as evidenced here in this picture. It not only gives the 300C a very upscale look, but it easily competes with the BMW’s, Audi’s, and Benzes of the world.
The glove box is lit and has two levels.
There’s a massive dual pane sunroof in the 300C.
Back seat passengers get a ton of room as it will seat three adults easily.
If you don’t need to seat three adults, you can use this as an armrest, to hold your drinks, or for storage.
Back seat passengers also get seat warmers and their own USB ports for their phones.
One cool feature is this hook in the rear which my wife used to hang her dry cleaning on. The light is a nice touch as well.
The trunk is HUGE. Note that the hinges are shrouded to make sure that they don’t crush anything beneath them. Also note that the trunk is lit.
Here you can see what our weekly trip to get groceries and beer looks like in the trunk. There’s a whole lot of space left over.
There’s a handle on the trunk lid that allows you to close the trunk without getting your hand dirty.
There were no rattles, squeaks, or any evidence that the build quality was anything other than top notch. With the exception of a mechanical parking brake, Chrysler has really got this interior dialed in. You’ll love in spending time inside the 300C Platinum.
Next up is the technology in the vehicle. Stay tuned for that!