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Daihatsu Applause

Xi Sports Car

Author: NRMA Motoring 9 May 1997

In terms of Japanese car life. the Daihatsu Applause be considered a veteran. The Applause on our roads for the first time in October 1989 and despite a of upgrades. model realignments and changes. the car remains basically today. That’s a long run in anyone’s language; even so for a Japanese manufacturer.

The fact the Applause can still compete much newer models the soundness of its original design. its in areas such as space. and equipment. and the excellent reliability it has built up over the years.

of the Applause include high of finish, generous equipment a large and versatile luggage good performance and creditable economy. The seating and ride gives the Applause a very class rating on comfort and it have to be one of the easiest cars to drive and handle.

In fact. for the limited rear leg room the front seats are set right some steering vagueness at speeds and a couple of minor like the rear windows not fully down and slight harshness at higher revs, the is hard to fault.

Several and limited edition versions come and gone during the eight year run and the current comprises Executive and Xi models, a Sports Pack available for the Xi.

Prices are probably more now than they have for many years and the Applause starts off at $19.990 for a manual The Xi manual costs $23,436 and the Pack adds another on top of this. Automatic transmission around $2,140 and air conditioning is

Options for the Xi include a driver’s $1,587; CD player. $759; sunroof. $1,803 and power $721.

Features and equipment

electronic fuel injection and wheel disc brakes are commonplace these days. the was ahead of the game in having features standard back in

The Applause’s multi-valve 1.6 litre has just a single overhead but its power output is competitive most other engines of the capacity. The standard transmission is a speed manual and from 1991. the automatic transmission has a four speed unit.

the base model. the Executive out on many of the Xi’s fittings. but it have power steering. openers for the hatch and fuel front and rear mudflaps, protection mouldings. a driver’s a tachometer and a folding rear

The Xi model adds desirable such as a rear window rear seat head central door locking, steering wheel. electrically exterior mirrors. a 50/50 fold rear seat and a speaker sound system.

the Sports Pack and you’ll get a spoiler. alloy road sports-style front bucket power windows, colour-keyed and door handles, and an automatic antenna.

With no special security the Applause rates down the bottom on the list of cars in the NRMA’s assessment programme of new car

Body and finish

From glance, the Applause looks like other small with smooth flowing lines. however it differs in one aspect. Though it has the outside of a sedan. the rear window and lid open in one complete section to the loading versatility of a hatchback a sedan’s advantage of keeping out of sight and out of the sun.

As with current small cars, the is lightly built, however it has an standard of finish, especially in such as paint coverage and body panel and trim The quality of the carpet in the luggage could be better. though.

and space

Though approved to five occupants, the Applause (as for cars in this class) is suited to say, a family of two and two or three smaller children. legged drivers like may find the seat cushion too to provide good thigh and also that their get tangled up under the steering (despite its tilt facility).

the front seats are set right adults will find leg room restricted and head is just barely enough for Rear seat width is for two. rather than

On the subject of seat comfort, the Xi Pack model’s wrap-around seats are fairly firm, but good lateral support cornering and good shoulder with the high seat In the rear, comfort is good in the two positions and fair in the centre.

cars (even more so the smaller models) can exhibit ride harshness when with low-profile 60 series but that’s not the case with the Xi It maintains a supple ride varying road surfaces and rates better than for a 1.6 litre sedan.

Air flow the ventilation system is good. without the blower fan in operation. but smaller cars with glass areas can get rather hot in weather. The air conditioning option is worth consideration. One aspect may irritate rear occupants who plenty of fresh air is the fact the rear side windows wind right down.

The is a winner on load space and The equally-divided rear seat can be folded flat when longer items or reclined for passenger comfort. The rear cushion folds forward as in a wagon to form an almost load area.

Easy is ensured with the rear being cut down to bumper Whether the rear seat is up or the Applause rates as, better average on load space for its

Behind the wheel

Apart from restricted space under the steering for long-legged drivers like I found the driving position in the to be both comfortable and user-friendly. I like the driver’s seat in relation to the steering wheel, and dash-top, the clear view of the and the convenient location of most

I say ‘most’ because the sound controls are a bit of a stretch, located as are low down and over to the left. from the driver.

The combination of steering. compact turning and good vision in all directions the Applause an easy car to manoeuvre and Vision is also good for driving, with no significant spots.

On the road

Daihatsu Applause

The Applause is no rocket-particularly when driving in and fifth gears out on the open generally the engine turns in a performance for a SOHC 1.6 litre unit. With maximum (pulling power) produced at high engine speeds, the Applause rewards drivers who are to make good use of the gearbox.

Any that turns in fuel figures better than 9.0 km in general running is economical in my and the Applause certainly fits this category. At 8.9 litres/100 km the test vehicle compared against others in its class.

the engine starts to become a harsh when taken the higher rev ranges, sound is obviously effective in the Applause interior noise levels are as low as in the class. This quietness of plus the smooth ride, travel more pleasant for and gives the impression of being in a car.

The wide, low-profile tyres provide good grip but the manual version will break front wheel if too much or too sudden acceleration is You learn to be gentle on the throttle in wet or conditions.

A second criticism of the on-road behaviour is that the is a little vague. The steering is quite light and I would a slightly heavier feel in for a more precise response on the road.

These two criticisms the Applause actually has quite overall open road and once you get used to the steering it can be hurried along with It’s never easy in a car to come up with a suitable of spring and shock absorber to obtain good handling, the suspension being too stiff and ride comfort, but Daihatsu has a good job with the Applause.

four-wheel disc brakes may not all that necessary on a relatively small car like the Applause. the of such a system show up under hard use. ten consecutive stops from 80 the test car’s brakes become hot. and pedal remained the same as it was at the start. In braking tests from 80 the car pulled up straight each in relatively short distances.

The manual gearbox is a delight to with smooth. easy Combined with the light operation. it’s certainly not a to drive the Applause in stop/start


Apart from crowding around the accessory end of the engine and the fact that the oil is obscured by the air conditioning compressor so equipped (though the filter can be satisfactorily from under the access to routine service items is good.

Service is at the intervals, the first being out at 1000 km, then every km or six months, with more lubrication services scheduled for operating under severe


Though it’s a bit long in the tooth alongside of the more recent releases their contemporary looks the Applause still ably comparison as an appealing, well and highly practical small that’s hard to fault.

today the Applause’s body is a on versatility, with its sedan its hatchback versatility and its wagon-type carrying ability.

Add Daihatsu’s record for reliability, a long and some recently sharpened and you have an attractive buy tor those who put and value ahead of being up the latest fashions.

Test supplied by Daihatsu Australia.

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