2001 Daihatsu Cuore + 1.0 twin cam 12V from UK and Ireland


Underated, cheap and reliable, modern Mini


It's been in same family for over ten years now, and in that time barely anything has gone wrong. A few bits of rust here and there, but barely any compared with other Cuore models.

Springs seem a week point on this car, might just be this particular one, but they need to be replaced sooner than most.

Seals around windows needed TLC after 14 years, some misshapen and others loose. However fixed with windscreen sealant and 4 hours of TLC.

After years of use by elderly relatives, the synchromesh on 2nd is a little worn, however it's still a delight to drive, and it's nippy and economical.

It needs all four arches treated and painted, and it's due for a timing belt change, which proved difficult to find, as Daihatsu are no longer sold in the UK.

General Comments:

Overall a very reliable car, fuel use is incredibly good, quite easy to drive. However some taller drivers will not find it the easiest to get comfy, but there is loads of room inside.

The seats are surprisingly comfy and well upholstered, and the material has proved hard wearing.

The interior is plasticy but durable overall, and the switch gear is a little dated but perfect for simplicity.

A full Daihatsu service history has kept it running like a watch, however the dealer no longer exists, so it will have to be an independent garage now.

Brilliant first car or for the elderly.

Nothing ever seems to go wrong ever. A little gem of a car. Very underrated.

Like a Micra, but cheaper and a little rarer. Once a common sight, but thinning out these days.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2015

8th Nov 2015, 05:52

Hi, I am from South Africa and recently bought a 2001 Cuore. I am glad to hear all the comments on this little gem; it gives me courage and hope.

Thanks, a well wisher from S.A.

20th Apr 2017, 19:45

Hi, nice to hear good things about the Cuore. Tell me how's the fuel consumption on the auto? I don't find it great in city driving.

30th Dec 2017, 23:33

Hi, it's a bit heavy at 9km per liter... That's a little bit high for a car of this size.

2001 Daihatsu Cuore 1.0 from Australia and New Zealand


For someone who buys their car with their head and not their heart


Nothing has gone wrong since I purchased it, 6 months ago.

General Comments:

Great car for around town and roads up to about 90k/h - higher speeds tend to cause it to rev too highly (as its only a 3 speed) Acceleration is better than expected.

Interior is functional, and sturdy with extra headroom to create a sense of roominess.

Steering is very light and the car is very easy to maneuver, there is no car-park too small!

Headlights are large and work well in all conditions, there is also great visibility from the cabin. Twin airbags help to improve safety should an accident occur.

These are great cars for individuals or couples, who on occasion might have extra occupants who can be seated in the rear. Otherwise the back seats can be laid down permanently to make for a boot that's as big as a large sedan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2007

2001 Daihatsu Cuore Plus 989 from UK and Ireland


Cheap and cheerful: a lot of car for your cash


I crashed it and wrote it off. There were no problems prior to my accident. I walked away from a front end collision at speed. This gave me confidence in the safety of such a small car.

General Comments:

Given that the Cuore is a budget car, there is nothing to complain about. It is plastic inside, but not offensively so. The colour scheme is easy on the eye, if unexciting.

The layout of equipment is good, with the exception of the dash-mounted rear wash/wipe switch, which would be better placed on the stalk controls for the main wipers. That's the only complaint (such as it is) that I have.

The seats are sturdy and comfy. The leg room in the back is adequate for adults on a short journey.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2004

2001 Daihatsu Cuore from UK and Ireland


A well specified mini car with good performance


Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

The general quality and design of this compact car are of a high standard.

For an inexpensive vehicle the list of equipment is impressive, and includes automatic transmission (albeit only three speed) power assisted steering, front and rear electrically operated windows, driver and passenger air bags, electically adjustable mirrors and air conditioning.

The three cylinder engine, with four valves per cylinder and electronic fuel injection is just under one liter in size, and is a gem of a power unit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2003