Used Daihatsu YRV 2001 - 2005 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

2001 - 2005 review
Daihatsu YRV (01 - 05)
  • Daihatsu YRV (01 - 05)
  • Daihatsu YRV (01 - 05)
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Which used Daihatsu YRV hatchback should I buy?

The YRV was initially released with a retuned version of the Toyota Yaris' sprightly 1.3-litre engine. It sacrifices a little bit of top-end pull for more low-down flexibility, making it even easier to drive on a day-to-day basis and also paying dividends in fuel economy.

Later on, Daihatsu released a turbocharged version that knocks out 127bhp. The engine isn't bad, but the chassis struggles to cope with the standard engine, let alone this more powerful one. It's pricier to buy as well, so we'd leave it alone.

The basic Radical car came with power steering, twin front airbags, and electric front windows, while Radical2 models - our favourires - added central locking and electric windows.

Another trim level called 1.3 added electric rear windows, while Premium models also gain alloys, air-con, and remote central locking. The 4trak model had four-wheel drive and a CD player, the F-Speed and Turbo models both had a paddleshift transmission.