Daihatsu Charade (2003) | CARkeys

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Daihatsu Charade


On here from late the Charade is, according to maker set to re-write the city car rulebook. A piece of PR spin if ever was one, but it might just be

The Charade certainly looks on paper. It’s cheap, well-equipped, the performance is impressive for a car a one-litre engine, and the economy and CO2 are so good you’d swear you reading the spec sheet for a version (though you’re not there is no diesel engine in the

In real life, the Charade is a metal box. Daihatsu has to make the car stylish, and in fact has to achieve a decent aerodynamic figure of 0.31, but there’s a to how attractive you can make a car of this and still keep a reasonable of practicality.

Not that style is too important in sector. The more significant about the Charade is that it has a astonishing amount of passenger It will accommodate four with ease, thanks to the fact that the two in the rear can their feet under the seats. Luggage space is far confined, to the extent that the will not carry much in the way of in the normal boot area.

The seat folds down in two to create extra volume, but leaves a very high space and I suspect the more method would be to carry on the unfolded seat itself.

The 989cc three-cylinder engine is a little unit and gives the a fine turn of speed for a car of type, certainly in conjunction the five-speed manual gearbox. It quite reach 100mph that anyone is likely to ask it to) but the time of 12.2 seconds some idea of how good the is. You don’t feel you’re to hammer the car on motorways to keep up the rest of the traffic.

You can also a four-speed automatic transmission, blunts the performance and also the CO2 reading up from 114g/km to I drove an automatic immediately trying out a manual, a very test which actually out rather well. The automatic is a smooth-changing box, and it doesn’t the Charade into a slowcoach.

Because the Charade is very it can be usefully quick without much fuel. Economy is impressive in the manual – the and combined figures are 68.9mpg and respectively, while the automatic behind at 55.4 and 47.6.

in town is very easy to light steering, the short length and an incredibly small circle – I wanted to see how the would manage a three-point and it took me some time to a road between whose the car wouldn’t zip in one go.

Daihatsu Charade

When pressed, the thunders along with characteristic three-cylinder sound, but in gentle driving it’s quiet considering it’s of so little noise-absorbing stuff. with a very smooth and composed handling, this the Charade seem quite most of the time (Daihatsu the much larger Renault as its benchmark in this respect), you only have to open the or the tailgate to realise that actually fairly flimsy.

There’s a lot of safety equipment, all the ABS, EBD, side beams and front airbags are across the range, and I did like the safety touches such as the spaces for the windscreen wiper and bonnet hinges.

All very and practical. Another aspect of the is rather less practical and that some of Daihatsu’s spent a little too long the fruit of the whimsy tree. you turn on the ignition the LCD display on the panel reads Hello, in scrolling letters, and when you off again it reads See You –

Or at least it will in the cars go on sale over here. The in this test were models, and the second message was See You – Good-by. Apparently was the first UK magazine to spot the hiccup (we confidently expect a Award from the industry for achievement) but Daihatsu’s importers knew about it and have Japan to sort it out.

In Daihatsu’s UK people went so far as to ask if the could be deleted altogether. It that they can’t.

The facility is built in to the ECU, and if the creation software were off the Charade’s ABS would stop and sheets of flame would from the exhaust. Something that, anyway.

The Charade starts with the three-door EL at a low £5995, and there’s a five-door costing £6495. The next up is the SL, which is only available as a and gets air-conditioning, side and alloy rather than wheels. On-the-road price for one is £6995.

The automatic gearbox is a option on all models.

Daihatsu Charade
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