Used Daihatsu Copen 2003 - 2011 review

Category: Sports car

Section: What is it like?

2003 - 2011 review
Daihatsu Copen (03 - 11)
  • Daihatsu Copen (03 - 11)
  • Daihatsu Copen (03 - 11)
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What's the used Daihatsu Copen sports like?

This tiny tin-top convertible whizzes along with as little as 67bhp thanks to its thrummy 0.7-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

It drives neatly as long as the hood is in place. But, as soon as you go topless, the body loses vital stiffness, resulting in a car that feels less tidy to drive, while any bumps in the road shudder through the cabin.

While the roof is up, the Copen feels civilised, if a bit small, with most of the road roar and wind noise kept out. Drop the lid and there's plenty of wind buffeting above 30mph, which proves tiring over long distances.

Inside, it's easy for all but the very large to get comfy, although the driver's seat has no height adjustment, and the steering has very little. Everything inside and out feels solid and well made, and the folding roof is ingenious. However, it does takes up almost of the boot space when folded down - and there was precious little to start with.