The Materia looks distinctive. It has lots of headroom and an impressive amount of standard equipment. There's a host of superior rivals, too.
The engine is noisy, the gearshift is awkward and the car has a dark interior.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Daihatsu Materia Hatchback performance
There's just one engine - a 102bhp 1.5-litre petrol unit, which comes with a five-speed manual- or four-speed auto gearbox. The engine is lively enough around town, but you'll need a lot of revs if you want to accelerate quickly.
Daihatsu Materia Hatchback ride & handling
It's a good job the Materia's seats are soft and forgiving, because its suspension isn't. Almost every bump can be felt in the cabin, although things are better on smoother, faster roads. The steering is light, which helps with parking, but it's vague. Despite its tall shape, the Materia corners with surprisingly little body roll.
Daihatsu Materia Hatchback refinement
The engine is rowdy even at low speeds, and although it settles down a little on the motorway, the car's square shape and big wing mirrors create a background of wind noise. Road noise is ever-present, too. The gearshift is awkward, especially in town.