Daihatsu Charade Review2003 To Date

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Daihatsu Charade Review

Quick Summary of the Daihatsu Charade

OVERALLDaihatsu Charade Overall Rating

The Charade is in many respects the forgotten gem of the citycar sector. If you can live with the econobasic styling, you'll be getting a supremely well-built and reliable car that will put a smile on your face every time you turn a wheel. On a fun per pound basis, motoring doesn't get a lot better than this.


Daihatsu's Charade may not be the most visually arresting citycar you've ever clapped eyes upon, but beneath those unassuming lines is one of the most entertaining small cars money can buy. The 1.0-litre engine that resides beneath the Charade's stubby bonnet is more than enough to entertain and serves up a big portion of fun at a very small price.
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History of the Charade

The Charade was introduced in 2003 after a three-year absence from the British market. During this period, the YRV and the Sirion models had been fulfilling the small car duties for Daihatsu but neither could really fill the Charade's shoes and in May 2003 a new Charade was officially offered for sale. Three models were available starting with three and five-door EL and the range-topping SL. All models were powered by the same 57bhp three-cylinder powerplant with an option of manual or automatic gearboxes.
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Daihatsu Charade Road Test

The 57.6 horsepower a