Daihatsu Copen car review – Auto Trader UK – News and Reviews Hub

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Daihatsu Copen

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Auto Trader Ten Test rating: 70%

City are all the rage for motorists seeking a vehicle which is frugal, to insure and funky looking.

And the Copen ticks these and has one advantage over other cars – it’s a convertible.

the credit crunch tightening the of the British public, could the Copen be the solution to those convertible looks with car running costs? Read our to find out.

1. Looks

You can’t fault Daihatsu’s team. Like with the Materia, the Copen has a seriously design. From the rear quarters there are massive with the previous generation TT courtesy of the sporty alloy and spoiler. The front, with its bonnet and elliptical lights with a squint, bear a to the 1950’s Porsche 356 Speedster.

With the roof down, a handsome car – but it’s absolutely measuring just 3.4-metres 1.4-metres wide and 1.2-metres (or waist height for the 6ft 1in road

2. Looks inside 6/10

has carried through the Copen’s exterior to the inside with the convertible sporting a pair of red leather seats, matching red and a Momo steering wheel. the heated leather seats and steering wheel are part of a optional package. Behind the is a pair of rollover hoops (as on more expensive roadsters as the Audi TT and Mazda MX-5). But this it starts to go wrong.

The console sports an aging CD while the trim consists of a lot of plastics. The small compartment the seats where the boot and cap release buttons are stored flimsy while the indicator and stalks look as if they’ve taken of a 1980’s car. The sun are equally poor and provide use when it’s sunny and the is a little to closely positioned to the stalk making it awkward to if you’ve got larger than hands.

3. Practicality 6/10

This is incredibly tight. In the press Daihatsu claim the Copen ample interior width and for those exceeding six feet in Not true.

The reality is even one tester – just 5ft 10in – was discomfort. This isn’t a car for over 5ft 10 or with broad While only small, is still a large blind for the driver over their But the electric retracting roof is

Described as ‘similar to a Mercedes the roof is opened by flipping to and then simply holding on a switch as it opens and folds the boot in about 20 seconds.  the roof down, boot is compromised and there is just room for a small holdall.

4. Ride and Handling 7/10

has fitted the Copen with an firm suspension, which up the smallest of bumps, particularly at But with this negative a positive – the Copen can be chucked corners and it handles surprisingly In the right environment there is so of fun to be had with the firm suspension and low of gravity which ensures roll through the bends.

5. 7/10

The previous Copen was by a turbocharged 660cc engine but due to its low and high stress performance great and it needed to be serviced 3,000 miles. In 2006, the engine was replaced with a engine which produces – an increase of 18bhp. This the feisty little motor a (100kph) time of 9.5 seconds 11.7) and a claimed top speed of (up by 6mph).

With its low driving position you can be convinced you’re going than the car actually is. At motorway the Copen bumbles along but is a large amount of road

6. Running Costs 8/10

with performance, the introduction of a new has drastically improved the Daihatsu ’s running costs. On a combined Daihatsu claim the Copen average 47.1mpg. After than 350 miles of driving on A-roads and London’s horrendously urban areas our test was averaging 46.4mpg. Carbon emissions of 140g/km keep the in tax band C meaning an annual of £120.

Service intervals of 9,000 may be 6,000 miles more the previous turbocharged model but are less than the expected miles of more mainstream car At £10,995, the new Copen is £2,500 than the 2004 model.

7. 7/10

Daihatsu is part by Toyota, a car maker renowned for its The new engine is less complicated the turbocharged predecessor which mean less to go wrong. An folding roof could cause more problems a manual, but our model’s roof fine. However, the trim did cheap and the passenger’s head was regularly slamming against the hoops causing an incredibly noise.

In the event of anything wrong, the Copen is covered by three year unlimited warranty with three roadside assistance.

8. Safety

Standard safety features on the include twin airbags, brakes with electronic distribution and front fog lamps. due to its minute size and height, the can easily be missed by lorries and and the odds are seriously stacked you in the 850kg convertible.

9. Equipment

Standard equipment on the Copen electric windows and door power steering, CD player, and central locking while the roof is a nice feature. Our had Recaro seats which £895 while a further ensures heated seats, door trim, and Momo wheel.

10. X-Factor 8/10

If you a cute convertible with an roof which is frugal, and lively through the corners you shouldn’t be put off by the car’s small

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