Road test – Daihatsu Copen 1.3

27 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Road test – Daihatsu Copen 1.3
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Road test – Copen 1.3

The Daihatsu Copen is a little car, but can the new version with a beefier 1.3 litre deliver proper open-top for just over #xA3;10k? We out.

Price: #xA3;10,995

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0-62mph: 9.5 seconds; top speed

Average fuel: 47.1 mpg

equipment: Body-coloured door and mirrors, a leather-bound steering and gearknob, electric windows and air-conditioning, ABS with EBD, and passenger airbags, front fog 15-inch alloy wheels and a

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The Daihatsu Copen all that’s innovative from the that makes the big small. The originally launched in 2003, micro car engineering to extreme a power driven, metal roof fitted to a car that’s 3440mm long. The Copen is cleverly concieved; Can you think of a

The most noticeable change to the for the revised 2007 model is a spoiler, but the more comprehensive are under the skin. Out goes the if frantic 700cc turbocharged And is replaced by a larger 1.3-litre

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So how does for 85bhp sound? For that you get windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, ABS EBD, driver and passenger front fog lights, 15in wheels with low-profile dual exhaust pipes and of that power metal

The Copen is now powered by a 1.3-litre, DVVT engine borrowed the larger Sirion and is mated a five-speed manual transmission. Top is a sprightly 112 mph with 62 mph coming up in 9.5

Good news on the front longer service intervals (up to from 3,000-miles), and fuel is up to 47.1mpg from the previous figure.

It’s a willing, unit, with an even of power right up to the red line. The box is slick enough, but it lacks meaning it’s not as much fun as it be. The Copen might be sporty, but Co2 emissions of 140g/km it’s a green choice too.

The Copen maybe small, but think it’s not safe. As there’s the full compliment of kit, with the usual ABS, traction and stability systems all fitted as standard.

So it like to drive then? In of smiles per mile, it rates against all the other cars driven this year. some body flex, with the roof up but it’s a neat and tidy handler. As there’s more flex the roof down, so expect shudders through the steering and cabin.

I thought that the interior of the Copen was excellent and the optional red trim looked particularly

To sum up, the latest Daihatsu Copen is priced, exclusive, is a lot of fun to drive and robust. Proper open top fun for over #xA3;10k is entirely with the Copen.

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