2006 Daihatsu Sirion SX 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Perfect city car, but not so great on open roads unless you drive like a granny
Sometimes difficult to get into 1st gear. Found I had to either short shift (i.e. go into neutral, let go of clutch, then push clutch down again and put into 1st gear) or go into 2nd gear before pushing into 1st. Engaging reverse was also a bit iffy; just have to retry until it goes in.
When air con kicks in, you can hear it; the engine and fans go quite loud. The air con itself wasn't exactly strong; if the car is full of passengers, the air con is barely strong enough to keep everyone cool.
The paint chips easily, the thickness of the paint is very thin. You can hear it when it gets chipped as well, which is very annoying.
Although it's only a 1.3 engine, I found it didn't have enough power to safely overtake on A and B roads, and struggles going uphills - this was a reason I had to replace the car. Also when you use the power of the engine, you realise it uses up quite a lot of fuel, so for an economical minded person like myself, I hardly ever pushed it, making the SX sporty look just a look.
The Sirion with the SX bodykit did make it stand out from the crowd.
Usual super reliable Japanese car, cheap to maintain.
Very practical, interior is a nice place to be (as long it's kept clean).
Only economical if driven economically, hard not to push the 'go' pedal to try out the VVT, which will inevitably make the car use a lot of fuel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th May, 2010
22nd Apr 2010, 12:14
As an update to this review; my rear reversing sensors stopped working 6 months out of warranty, which I was a little disappointed with, but my Daihatsu dealer has just contacted me to say that Daihatsu have agreed to pay anyway, and the parts are now on order. I'm looking to change the car soon, but I can't imagine anything I'd be happier driving, so chances are it will be a newer SX model.
One downside to the car I never noticed much before, is when driving high up on the windy M62 peak, it's really quite unpleasant just how much it's effected by crosswinds. But on a stiller motorway, I could drive it happily all day in comfort.