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Daihatsu Charade (1987- Car Review

If youХre shopping for a supermini, you probably havenХt DaihatsuХs Charade. Like small car buyers, youХve set your sights on a mainstream such as a Ford Fiesta or a Corsa. However, if your are quality and value for money, a Charade might be worth down. The Charade started as a rather uninspiring looking (offered in three and five-door with lacklustre 1.0 and 1.3-litre

These were replaced in by altogether more modern This expanded range 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6-litre hatchbacks and a saloon. They were equipped and offered buyers value for money.

Though now completely replaced by the smaller Sirion, the Charade remains an supermini alternative and makes as a good second-hand buy.

While the earliest Charades CX and the hot-hatch GTti models) are and affordable vehicles, post-1990 are a far better bet. From of that year even the 1.0 CX added power assisted to its already comprehensive list of equipment. Creature comforts on variants included electric mirrors, an internal fuel and boot release switches as as a good quality stereo.

that year, the range was to include a 1.0-litre, five-door CX version. Then, in 1991, trio was joined by another a 1.3-litre petrol-engined five-door that was available in three trim levels: CX, CXi and GXi.

However, the newer the Charade the and the revised 1993 line-up is to anything that came it. It includes an economy version 1.3 petrol GSe), plus a of three and five-door hatches a single point fuel version of the 1.3-litre engine. was also a luxury 1.5-litre called the GLXi SE (which air conditioning and metallic paint) and a 1.6 GSXi three-door hatch.

In the whole range was given a and gained cheeky front end that singled it out from a of more anonymous-looking competitors. models are also longer and roomier than their ThereХs more leg space for front and rear-seat passengers, greater glass area and changes to the interior have the cabin a more airy, claustrophobic feel.

Luggage is improved, too.

Three-door were dropped after a of years and, at the end of 1999, the saloon and the automatic and anti-lock options were deleted. The continued as a single 1.3-litre LXi SE with generous equipment dual airbags, central and electric windows and mirrors. model was deleted at the end of 2000.

Opinion

As already mentioned, levels are better than Standard features of the revised cars include a rear a heated rear window and a stereo. All have side beams in the doors for added (A driverХs airbag became a option in 1996 and standard on cars while the latest LXi SE has a Фbag as well.)

Further up the the 1.3 LXi five-door comes with steering, electric mirrors and a rev Move up to the GLXi and Daihatsu has electric windows and central as well as extra speakers for the

Cost

Prices for the earliest 90G start very low and you can bag a 1993K 1.3 CXi for Our money would go on the new 1.3-litre though. Prices for these only slightly higher at for a 1994L GSe. A mid-range LXi was first registered in 1995 cost around Ј700.

If you the nearly new option, expect to pay Ј1,400 and Ј1,600 for a 2000V of either the 1.3 hatch or the 1.5 saloon.

Rust can be a problem on older as can worn engines, particularly on the GTti version, which advise buying only a full service history. are far less worries on post-93 which have proved reliable and durable.

Parts

(Approx for a 1.3-litre model excl VAT) A assembly will be around and brake pads for the front and are around Ј40. An alternator be close to Ј200 and a radiator Ј110.

A replacement headlamp is to Ј100, a full exhaust excluding the catalyst will be Ј190, and a starter motor can be up to

Road

Under the bonnet of the generation of hatchbacks thereХs a between 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6-litre However, youХre far more to end up behind the wheel of one of the most mid-range 1.3 cars.

This is no though, as it is one of the most refined in its class. Indeed, tests that the Charade’s interior levels at 50mph are equal to of Nissan Micra at just The other emphasis with powerplants is fuel economy: the LXi for example, is capable of over 60 to the gallon.

Around town, it can 43mpg.

Fuel economy was a priority on the automatic version, uses a sophisticated electronically-controlled system codenamed `ESAT`. in `auto` mode, the computer gear change points to fuel efficiency.

Should you need swift though, simply plant foot hard down on the and the transmission switches to `power`

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Overall

Often overlooked and the Charade is a capable and durable that is certain to appeal to buying a secondhand car with head as well as their

By CLAIRE EVANS.

Daihatsu (1997 – 2001) Car

DaihatsuХs Grand Move is definitely an acquired taste. The whilst not as bizarre as its late the Move, is nonetheless on the unorthodox Despite this, it represents a method of transporting the family, if urban trips are a major of your journeys.

The Grand was designed to cope with the jams of Tokyo; a reassuring to consider when waiting to get a local mini roundabout. as we like to buy 200-metre waterproof and extreme skis as part of our lifestyle, thereХs something about over-specification. Most of the this means paying the nose, though.

Not with the Move. With used beginning at less than whoever thought that a family was expensive had obviously considered the little Daihatsu

History

The Grand Move was in March 1997, priced at close to the all-conquering Renault Too close in fact, sales from its proximity to RenaultХs performer. A slight rethink was In October 1998 the 88bhp engines used to power the Move were replaced by 1.6-litre units. A whole of other subtle changes also introduced.

The car was lengthened the suspension was retuned and bigger were fitted. The staple target items of bumpers, and grille were also a nip and tuck, and the Grand Move+ was deleted.

Opinion

Basically, a box wheels. This may sound but itХs the most effective way of five adults in as compact a as possible. In Grand Move+ itХs quite a well-equipped but the Grand Move is a model has been designed with a road ФfootprintХ in mind and designers have grappled the task of getting as many as possible into that

The key factor is height. The Grand has a high roof and low window which contribute to an airy giving the impression of a larger

In fact the Charade-based Grand has a full size MPV-like from behind the wheel. that high, commanding position, a vast glass for superb visibility and a number of permutations that include the of a double bed. On the debit the rear seats can’t be from the car and the narrowness of the body three on the back seat a bit of a

Still, given the fact the most likely rear occupants will be children, probably won’t matter.

certainly room for a lot more than could be carried by an family hatchback. With a complement of five passengers 400 litres of cargo space is while folding the rear forward increases this to a of 850 litres. In addition, there are of handy stowage compartments for like maps, sunglasses and telephones.

Standard equipment a strongpoint, inclusive of twin airbags, power steering, an immobiliser, central locking, mirrors, metallic paint and roof rails. The better-equipped Ф+Х has been dropped recently but you can get a model close to that by adding optional items metallic paint, alloy ABS, heated mirrors, windows, and air conditioning (recommended that huge glass

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