The 3-door Daihatsu Charade’s biggest single drawcard is its incredibly roomy interior – perhaps a bit narrow, but certainly capable of accommodating four adults comfortably and easily.

. It’s standard with central locking, electric windows and mirrors, CD player and a number of safety features, including dual A less obvious feature of the Charade is its build quality – a feature usually only spotted when less than optimum. Consistent fit and finish, good quality plastics throughout and durable cloth trim are the highlights, a poorly fitting floor covering in the boot the only real negative.

The 3-door Charade is a front drive hatchback powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine. It’s relatively simple fare with four valves per cylinder and two overhead camshafts. Steel block and alloy head, the engine produces 40kW of power and 88Nm of torque.

The Charade’s braking system – discs front and drums rear – also benefit substantially from the car’s light weight, giving it impressive stopping strength.

The Charade’s suspension has been designed to not only provide a good ride and handling compromise, but also with minimal cabin intrusionCharade gets power steering which is road speed sensitive, said to make parking easier while also giving higher speed stability.

.The driver’s seat adjusts for slide, the seat back for rake and the steering wheel has tilt adjust..The side mirrors are electrically adjustable, and the rear view mirror has good vision past the rear seat headrests.

The passenger seat tilts and slides forward to improve access to the back, made even easier by the doors which open to nearly 90 degrees. Bootspace is limited with the seats up, though a 60/40 split allows a modicum of load carrying versatility.

Dual front airbags are standard on the Daihatsu Charade along with front seatbelt pretensioners and side intrusion bars. In addition to this the steering column is set up to collapse in a frontal crash, reducing chest injuries. Self locking doors – which lock when you move off – automatically unlock in a crash, and the car also cuts off the fuel system.

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