Drive – Daihatsu Copen Used Car Review

8 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Daihatsu Copen Used Car Review

Nice curves, but little

A quick glance at the Daihatsu has the potential to convince that looking at an Audi TT rival for a of the money. But when you get up close, the is smaller than just anything else on the road, raises safety issues as making it impractical for big-framed or folk, or long-distance driving.

The Copen was a bit of a wildcard for Australia it was introduced in 2003, just a of years before parent Toyota culled Daihatsu local showrooms.

The Copen was one of the few Kei class cars – to work as well as possible Tokyo gridlock – escaped the Japanese market for they were designed.

Daihatsu has tried Kei and similar here before and may have the Copen might have had innate smarts to work It was wrong.

The Copen is just too to be a whole lot of use.

Bigger folk will the cabin cramped and there’s little space for luggage. a strict two-seater, so forget taking the dog if you’ve got a passenger.

room problems are banished as you the convertible roof, but with the on, the Copen can feel rather

The Copen used an even engine than that of the and Sirion. It was a four-cylinder but to keep it Kei class guidelines it displaced 660 cc.

Daihatsu Copen

To make such a small viable, Daihatsu used a overhead camshaft design, valves per cylinder and even a

The end result was 50 kW of power and 100 Nm of torque, is actually pretty darn for such a small engine, but fitted to the Copen it was just

A five-speed manual transmission was the choice and a wise one because it drivers to wring every kilowatt out of the engine.

But the Copen’s dynamic challenge was its lacklustre of ride and handling.

When it ran out of tyre grip in a hurry and comfort suffered so that railway lines or speed became an exercise in gritted and white knuckles.

If you can live with the leisurely and the poor ride and the idea of a convertible works for you, perhaps the Copen has something to

Beyond that however, not a lot of talent on show.

Daihatsu Copen
Daihatsu Copen
Daihatsu Copen
Daihatsu Copen
Daihatsu Copen
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