Daihatsu Materia Hatchback Owner reviews

No longer on sale

5dr

  • Overall verdict2/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality1/5
  • Average MPG22 mpg

"I just think that Daihatsu can only sell a couple of cars every year and I think it is a waist of car. It has a strange style even though it is different. Good try Daihatsu

A R, Wilkshre, December 6th 2008

5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

I have never been one to follow the mob when it comes to cars. Fell in love with this on a test drive. Non technical people are unable to see the 'quality' ie. fitness for purpose. A very short wheel base but high cubic capacity. If room is not important, stick to a Ka. Power is adequate but not for boy racers. Pleasant to drive with light steering and smooth gearbox. Engine is fairly quiet and running costs average for 1.5L vehicle. Unusual in appearance and designed for those with a mind of their own

Doug Inglesent, West Yorks, February 11th 2008

5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

As PT Cruiser owners we where instantly drawn to the Materia's looks. It's one of those cars people either love or hate but we've found people are drawn to it and comment on the smiley face. it looks much better in the flesh. Inside it is huge and comfortable, interior space dwarfs other larger vehicles and the sliding rear seat is a real bonus. The driving position is nice and high. Both my wife and I love driving it, she's 5'5", I'm 6'2" and we can both get comfortable. The gear change is good despite what some reviews have said. Performance from the 1.5 engine is good but not exactly sporty but it pulls well in any gear. The handling is brilliant for such a tall car. The ride is good with bumps absorbed well and travelling country lanes and B roads is actually fun. Steering is light and precise. The turning circle is fantastic especially compared to a Cruiser. Overall if you want peoples jaws to drop, heads to turn and to drive a fun, practical car, fully loaded with every extra, the Materia is for you. If you don't go buy Nissan Note or Meriva, I hear grey is in this season.

Paul Gee, October 16th 2007

5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

My wife has owned everything from a Range Rover to a Ford Ka, so she knows quality at all levels. Her friends were gob-smacked when she swapped her year-old Copen at no extra cost for a new grey metallic Materia. Yes the photos make it look ugly and some think it is too. Mostly though she has received positive responses once they got used to seeing it everyday. It seats five no probs and I drive it okay despite being 6ft 3in. It is a custom dream because the accessories catalogue is loaded - the car is based on the U.S. Toyota Sion. We test drove the dealer Materia with 17-inch alloys, but don't bother: the ride is mega hard, so stick to 15s. The gearshift takes getting used too, especially reverse. But you get lots of fun car for little money. Overall I would say you need conkers to buy it and be seen driving it. We are not bothered what people think.

Alan Cooper, August 5th 2007

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