The new Daihatsu Sirion Range cars are just the right size for many city drivers. They are clever little mini runabouts, but they have many of the abilities of the superminis as well. The Sirion offers a middle ground between the smallest and the largest mini city cars. This car is attractive to both kinds of buyers, so it has a potentially wider market. Unfortunately, many drivers have never driven a Daihatsu Sirion. There is no better time to try one than the present.
The Daihatsu is a good car for city driving, if not a great one. It handles well, considering its size and price range. With light steering and agile maneuverability, the Sirion can get you through all kinds of traffic situations without a care. There is good visibility because of the high profile and the large windows. This makes it easy on traffic entry points as well as for parking.
What makes the car a little less appealing to most buyers is its performance specs. The engines used in the Sirion are not particularly powerful or speedy. The 1.0-litre petrol engine produces only 68bhp. It takes the Sirion with this engine nearly 14 seconds to get up to a speed of 60mph from a stop. Its top speed is only 99mph as well. It is easy to discount this engine as one that could not possibly perform adequately at all. However, in city driving, it does well enough to be a strong competitor of both the smaller and the larger minis.
If you want to go beyond the city lights from time to time, you can get out of town a bit by choosing the 90 bhp 1.3-litre or the 102bhp 1.5-litre engine instead. These are both 4-cylinder engines, as opposed to the 3-cylinder engine of the 1.0-litre version. The 1.5-litre engine has good performance for a mini car, and even the 1.3-litre can get you from 0 to 60mph in 11.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 106mph. These are good enough figures to justify a trip to the country from time to time.
The fuel economy is not exactly amazing, but the Sirion can compete well with cars both smaller and a bit larger on fuel efficiency. The average combined fuel consumption is 56.5mpg for the 1.0, the one that is suited almost entirely as a city car. The 1.3 gets less miles to the gallon, at 48.7mpg. Emissions are fairly low, especially for the 1.0-liter engine, at 118g/kg.
The Sirion is agreeably roomy inside, giving the appearance of a much bigger car once you get situated in your seat. There is not only plenty of space for the driver and front passenger, but the rear passengers have an unusually large amount of headroom and legroom as well. Three point seat belts are supplied for each of the rear passengers along with the front seat rider and driver. Safety is enhanced with twin front and side airbags standard on every car in the Sirion Range.
The Daihatsu Sirion offers a size that is big enough for a roomy interior, but small enough to still provide good fuel efficiency. It is easy to drive in the city, or choose one of the larger capacity engines and have more versatility. The Sirion may not be a dream car, at least for most people, but it can be a practical and happy choice.
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