What is it like?

Used Daihatsu Charade 2003 - 2006 review

(2003 - 2006)
Daihatsu Charade (03 - 06)
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1 Jan 2006 00:00 | Last updated: 25 Sep 2018 15:58

What's the used Daihatsu Charade hatchback like?

Daihatsu is a manufacturer often forgotten by buyers, which is a shame. The firm makes some cracking small cars, and the Charade is one of its best.

Inside, there's plenty of space for such a small car, and the upright seating position means four adults can travel in comfort. The cabin feels very grown up, too. The materials are classier than you might expect, the build quality is solid and the dash layout is very simple.

On the road, the Charade is best kept confined to city streets, where its sprightly little engine is perfect for exploiting gaps in traffic, and the smooth ride stays settled on any surface.

However, the Charade does struggle once you're out of town. There's too much body lean and not enough grip in corners down country lanes, and 60/70mph main-road journeys are too noisy. Keep it in the environment it was designed for, though, and the Charade won't disappoint.