2015 Daihatsu Sirion | new car review

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by
2015 Daihatsu Sirion
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 43,000 - 46,500
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  • Exterior
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  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
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  • Performance
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  • Value for money
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Review Summary:

The Sirion is an economical city runabout that was incubated in the year 1998 and goes up against the American Chevrolet Aveo and Korean Kia Rio.

Pros

Price tag is lower than its comparable rivals.

Cons

Doesn't stand a chance to impress aesthetically when parked alongside Kia's Rio.

Looks

Unchanged for the most part since 2004, the Daihatsu Sirion is a product of a design team that clearly favours straighter lines over more fluidic curves and contours. While the Japanese looks downright economical in standard guise, the Sports package throws in a pair of fog lamps, a mesh grille, multi-spoke alloys and the most subtle of body-kits, which aids in adding some personality to the little Jap.

2014 Daihatsu Sirion top

Feels

While plastics of different shades and grades come together to create the dashboard and door panels, the two-tier format of the dash allows for a practical storage compartment which begins under the A/C controls and runs horizontally. To differentiate the 1.3 litre model from its brawnier 1.5 litre sibling, the designers have used a silver backing with amber illumination for the instrument cluster in the 1.3 litre, while the 1.5 litre receives a much nicer black and red combination.

2014 Daihatsu Sirion interior

Engineering

Unheard of for a car in its class, the 2015 Daihatsu Sirion offers drivers and passengers the convenience of four seating styles that are sure to come in handy sooner or later. While some would prefer to indulge in the reclining rear seat, others prefer folding a part of the rear seat down to accommodate longer items in the boot. With the rear seats folded flat, the Sirion offers an impressive 630 litres of cargo capacity, but the most impressive of the bunch remains the long cushion mode, whereby the lower half of the rear seat slides out to prevent items from rolling off the seat.

2014 Daihatsu Sirion side

On offer

Putting out 89 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 120 Nm of torque at 4,400 RPM, the 1.3 litre engine propels the Japanese hatchback through the air to reach the 100 km/h mark in 13.0 seconds. The slightly more powerful 1.5 litre engine produces 102 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 132 Nm of torque at 4,400 RPM, which is good enough to allow the 3,605mm long hatchback to achieve 100km/h in 11.1 seconds. Though both engines get mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission, the 1.5 litre boasts a top speed of 170 km/h, as opposed to the 1.3 litre’s 165 km/h limit.

2014 Daihatsu Sirion front

Verdict

You’re probably wondering why you should even consider the Japanese Daihatsu Sirion when the Korean Kia Rio is clearly better looking and the American Chevrolet Aveo is undoubtedly more spacious. Well, if you happen to be on a tight budget, then the 2015 Daihatsu Sirion is the best of the lot, as it will save you some dosh compared to the other two. That’s the point, right?

2014 Daihatsu Sirion rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Daihatsu Sirion 1.3L2015 Daihatsu Sirion 1.5L
Engine/ Cylinders1.3 litre 4-cylinder1.5 litre 4-cylinder
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
89 hp @ 6,000 RPM102 hp @ 4,400 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
120 Nm @ 4,400 RPM132 Nm @ 4,400 RPM
Tranmission4 speed automatic4 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h13.0 secs11.1 secs
Top speed165 km/h170 km/h
PriceAED 43,000 - 44,500AED 45,000 - 46,500

One Response to 2015 Daihatsu Sirion | new car review

  1. Jon Betmead Reply

    January 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Phenomenal “little” car ! Wonderful combination of space/style & economy. Very comfortable too. Great value secondhand buy. Highly recommended.

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