The fresh and funky new Daihatsu Materia mini-MPV offers an unrivalled, attractive, user-friendly mix of vast interior space, ultra green values (low CO2 at just 169 g/km and 46.3 mpg, manual model) and quirky, individual styling - making it the perfect vehicle for the environmentally sensitive and frugal family.
As part of Daihatsu's Spring Savings Campaign, the Daihatsu Materia (manual only) - on the road for just £10,770 and available with a further £1000 discount if ordered before 30th June 2009 - is the Tardis of vehicles, with a vast interior. It's easily big enough for five adults to travel in style and comfort, or a large family to be perfectly accommodated. It may be four inches shorter than a Volkswagen Polo, for example, but the Daihatsu Materia has plenty of interior space for its occupants to travel in comfort and style, thanks to intelligent design.
One such example of this innovative design is the sliding rear bench seat, which offers a variable rear legroom/boot space adjustability - from 21-inches 'knee room' to just four - if you wish the boot to be bigger (creating 181 to 294 litres of space). Then there's the option of folding the rear bench flat, creating a huge loading area (619 litres), with plenty of headroom - ideal for that piece of flat-pack furniture, or even your rapidly growing family!
Capable of coping with the demands of the city and the school run, whilst also being a brilliantly comfortable, easy cruiser on the open road, the imaginative Daihatsu Materia is not only 'Jack of all trades', but master of them all too. Its lively, free-revving, 103.3 PS, 1.5-litre, 16V, variable valve timing engine combines excellent fuel economy with brisk, responsive performance and an impressive 106 mph top speed - leaving other mini-MPVs in its wake. Huge reliability comes as standard too (with no-maintenance cam chains, for example), as with all Daihatsu cars - infamous for their durability.
No other mini-MPV offers such a cutting edge, bold design as the Daihatsu Materia: from its flat-nose and flat-top bonnet, to its bold, strong, straight and square lines, tinted rear windows and flat, flush tailgate, the Daihatsu Materia grabs attention, making it stand out on the street. Individuality comes as standard.
Inside, the Daihatsu Materia offers a mighty generous standard specification - with everything from air-con, central locking alarm, CD stereo, centrally-mounted integral speedo/rev counter/odometer, electric (tinted rear) windows and mirrors and pockets/cup holders/storage galore - helping to make each journey a fun, comfortable one for all occupants. And, all inclusive for just £10,770, with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, five years' UK roadside assistance and eight years' anti-perforation cover, the Daihatsu Materia is nothing short of a bargain!
Paul Hegarty, Operations Director, Daihatsu Vehicle Distributors Ltd said: "In Japan, the Materia has attracted a cult following, and understandably so: practical, economical, spacious, and innovative, the Materia is a superbly stylish urban warrior that's equally happy taking the whole family on holiday, or nipping about in the city. An undeniable attention-grabber, it creates a strong reaction - something few vehicles do today."Published 13 May 2009