Used Daihatsu Charade 2003 - 2006 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2006 review
Daihatsu Charade (03 - 06)
  • Daihatsu Charade (03 - 06)
  • Daihatsu Charade (03 - 06)
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Our recommendations

Which used Daihatsu Charade hatchback should I buy?

Your choice of engine is simple - there's only one. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine gives 58bhp, and it's surprisingly nippy around busy city streets.

The fact that it's a three-cylinder also means that the Charade has a characterful, thrummy exhaust note - at low speeds. On the motorway, however, this thrum becomes a loud, annoying drone, because the engine has to work very hard to keep up a steady high speed.

Pre-2006 cars came in two trim levels - EL or SL. The base level EL, which was available with three- and five-door bodies, came with a reasonable amount of equipment, including central locking, electric front windows and a CD player.

The SL came as a five-door hatch only, but with more creature comforts, such as air-con, alloy wheels and side airbags. After the 2006 facelift, all cars came in EL trim, but with standard air-con.