Daihatsu Materia
Daihatsu Materia

Daihatsu’s funky new Materia mini-MPV goes on sale in July from £10,995 on-the-road offering outstanding interior space and distinctive styling.

In fact, the boxy yet wide and squat design theme with flared wheelarches and minimum overhangs has created a cult-following in Japan - and now the United States - with several manufacturers struggling to keep up with consumer demand.

Key competitors in the UK and Europe are the similar-sized but move conservatively-styled Renault Modus and Vauxhall/Opel Meriva. All are compact and versatile with a high-command driving position that especially appeals to women.

However, the Materia’s owners are expected to include style-conscious young families seeking a distinctive yet practical design plus older couples who appreciate the Materia’s low running costs, manoeuvrability and easy access thanks to wide-opening and deep doors.

The Materia’s specification is exceptionally high and includes: power steering, ABS with EBD, driver, passenger and side airbags, air-conditioning, remote central-locking, height-adjustable driver’s seat, sliding and reclining split rear seat, alloy, wheels, rear privacy glass, front fog lamps and a radio/CD player with six speakers.

Powered by a lively 103.3 PS 1.5 litre petrol engine, the Materia is both economical at 46.3 mpg on the Extra Urban Cycle (manual) and 45.6 mpg (automatic) and offers a 100-plus mph top speed. This leaves plenty in reserve for comfortable long-distance motorway travel.

Published : 11/06/07 Author : Melanie Carter

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