2004 Daihatsu YRV Turbo 130 1.3 petrol turbo from UK and Ireland


It's a fantastic highly underrated car


Bracket for the rear anti-roll bar snapped - replaced under warranty and is a known fault.

External door handle replaced - was becoming more and more difficult to use.

General Comments:

Fantastic car which is very underrated.

Excellent performance which gives many drivers a shock (me included) yet it's still returning more than 40mpg!!

The interior is great, the dashboard is well laid out, if a little basic. Still after nearly 20,000 miles there are no rattles and everything is still working as it should (unlike my previous car!).

The handling is great, it's like driving a mini roller skate, but the grip is compromised by the Bridgestone tyres.

The ride is OK, but can be harsh over bumpy roads, a new set of performance springs should sort that out though.

The auto gearbox is great, the shifts are very smooth between gears and the manual control is very useful. The buttons on the steering wheel are well placed and the response is instant.

The car is very well equipped with Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows all round, Electric Door Mirrors, 4 speaker Radio/CD, Air Conditioning, Panoramic Roof, Alloy Wheels, Body Kit etc. etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2005

2001 Daihatsu YRV Premium 1.3 from UK and Ireland


Poor value


Engine management light came on nothing wrong. nearest dealer 40 miles away.

Clutch went at 20000 miles although Daihatsu paid the bill was £500.

Brake pads and Disc's to replace with genuine parts £316 non genuine £210.

Exhaust £240.

General Comments:

Generally very expensive for parts as outlined in previous section.

The car appealed to me as it had Toyota engine Air Con etc and the shape appealed to me.

Has not lived up to my expectations at all and I have lost confidence in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2005

2003 Daihatsu YRV Turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


Straight line kart killer


Nothing so far?

Except for the second day when someone went right into the back of it on day two of ownership.

General Comments:

Interesting little machine. Looks like something you would push around at the supermarket or take the kids to school in. The automatic gearbox is rather clunky, but this is quickly forgotten by a little squeeze on the right pedal. In semi-automatic mode it is a monster! Be very wary of talking it on if you are on a straight carrigeway. If you do not have a good two litre 16 valve or more, do not try?

The handling could be better and the tyres thicker, brakes more able to cope with the angry engine and make the torque steer less prominent. Skip over a pebble, the guilty wheel will be pulling you into the nearest bramble bush on a country road.

As a manual, or the engine in a more capable chassis, this car would be so much fun. If you only drive in striaght lines and like to get squashed into your seat. Please get one of these little fire breathers.

A lot faster than my old Fiat Punto HGT (feels that way),although it needs a little more in the direction department to make it a real bend chucker. And better brakes are a must!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th March, 2004

2nd Aug 2004, 10:57

I have just ordered my YRV Turbo 130 having initially been in two minds over the way the thing looks. However having driven the car on a test drive, the thing is so well put together and performs well. The looks are also now far more appealing than first glance. It really has grown on me. A fabulous little car with plenty of character!!

2002 Daihatsu YRV Radical 2 1.3 VVTi from UK and Ireland


Different styling, different class, a cut above your regular Clios, Corsas et al


Recurring clunk at near-side front when turning left & accelerating at any speed.

Water leaking into cab through windscreen seal.

Both of the above faults are as yet unresolved due to both non-availability of parts & the inability of the dealer to diagnose the noise, even though they can plainly hear it on test drives.

Neither fault spoiling the car for me though.

General Comments:

Replaced my written-off Charade with a 6 month old YRV, I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of this car. For a 1.3 engine, the acceleration & general drive-ability is excellent, and the handling contrary to some review sites is excellent, causing me no scary moments when pushing the car hard. The biggest disappointment is the performance of the local dealer, who do not seem to be able to complete even the most basic of tasks successfully. Not to worry, at least the car is good!

I am one of the few who like the looks of this car too, I feel the front end is aggressive & looks the part while the rear end is quite stylish also, but more functional.

The interior is possibly a little on the "cheap" side & I feel the seats may be wearing prematurely, but other than that I love my YRV!

Go on, go & buy one, you know you want to!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2003

11th May 2004, 10:37

Hi I myself own a YRV F speed, I have had it for a year now and its been a fantastic car,Like you I also think it looks great nice to find someone who likes it.

28th Apr 2005, 05:35

Hi, we are onto our second YRV we think they are great cars in both looks and function. Our second YRV is a Turbo 130 it looks great and generates lots of interest and wow does it shift, pushes you back into your seat.

2002 Daihatsu YRV Basic 1.3 VVT from Australia and New Zealand


Nice performance for a nice price


Rear legroom can be a problem for an adult.

Plastic interior trim can be marked if not careful.

The car is a little too narrow.

General Comments:

This car is a minature rocket. Powered by a Toyota made 1.3L engine that revs freely and delivers the power nicely to the front wheels.

This car will sit on 160km/h easily on the highway without strain on the engine. No problems at all with this car, although the left rear door has to be replaced due to it being hit.

The rear seat fold down completely to make a flat floor. There was enough room that I moved a TV unit in it.

Seats are very comfortable and you don't get any discomfort on long drives.

A very good car for a very good price.

Perfect for a second car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2003