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Daihatsu Sirion Review

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Daihatsu Sirion Review

The suspension has been revised for 2008 and is tuned to suit European roads and tastes.

4 February 2008 Melanie Carter

The suspension has been revised for 2008 and is tuned to suit European roads and tastes. It features MacPherson struts at the front and a semi-independent torsion bar at the back as well as anti-roll bars front and rear. The result is a very good ride and agile handling befitting a more expensive car. The Daihatsu Sirion is blessed with a wide track, which means more shoulder room inside, but more importantly, good stability in fast bends. The electric power steering has been tweaked to offer plenty of feedback and therefore, a confident feel to the drive.

Exploring the Sirion’s capabilities on country roads is rewarding; there is plenty of pulling power in the lower gears and the engine noise is pleasant, too. When it comes to motorway travel, the car is equally capable but there isn’t a great deal left in the pots to allow for swift overtakes.

The Sirion is of the ‘wheel-in-every-corner’ variety, with short overhangs and exaggerated wheel arches. It has a particularly long wheelbase and looks lower than it actually is. It becomes evident when you get in and realise that you are sitting taller than you would expect from the outside.

A brief look at the specification sheet shows that the 1.0 S comes with air-conditioning, a fuel economy readout, power steering, electric windows front and rear and remote central locking. The 1.3S is slightly different and adds rear speakers, electric door mirrors and chrome interior door handles. The SE trim includes alloy wheels and rear parking sensors.

The £9,495, SX has a sportier appearance than either the S or SE, with a deep front spoiler, mesh grille, front fogs, side skirts and a spoiler above the squarish tailgate. It isn’t as brash as it sounds. Daihatsu’s Studio Leader, Yoshihiro Fujibayashi tells us, “We tried to give the car sculpture-like dimensions and a sense of quality.”  The end product is an exterior that could never be described as exciting, but it works.

He also had this to say about the interior and instrument nacelle: “As for the interior, we tried to make this as simple as possible. The speedometer is on the steering column. We designed this after the image of a clock placed on a coffee table…”

The interior is indeed pleasantly simple but I can’t see the quirky, oval instrument pod as a clock. The fascia is fairly plain with a slightly bulbous centre console, set into which is the audio system and large comfort controls, within brushed chrome-effect surrounds. The audio system comprises an integrated CD/radio plus an AUX socket for external input, adjacent to the steering column.

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Daihatsu Sirion Road Test Data
Model ReviewedDaihatsu 1.5 SX
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourBlack Mica Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.5 Seconds
Top Speed 109 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban35.8 mpg
Extra Urban54.3 mpg
Combined45.6 mpg
Insurance Group6
Euro NCAP Ratingn/a
Warranty3-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty
Price (when tested on the 04/02/08)£9,495

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