The Daihatsu Luxio is a minivan designed to carry 8 passengers at a time. This van was introduced in the year 2009 by Astra-Daihatsu which is the Indonesian collaboration of Daihatsu for production and marketing of the vehicles. The Luxio is available in three trim options composed of single engine on offer with two automatic and a manual gear box configuration. This five door mini van is based on the company's Gran Max multi utility van with better dimensions and equipment levels. The variants on offer differ from each other in terms of looks and equipments. The van is an average looker and is composed of practical aspects.
The engine pumping up the power in this mini van is a 1.5 liters 4-cylinder 16 valves 3SZ-VE water cooled gasoline engine. The engine has enough caliber to roam with heavy load. Luxio is available in two variants; named as D-type and X-type; both of them are equipped with manual gearbox while the top of the line model named as X-type AT gets the automatic transmission. Their is no change in performance numbers and total power output of engine. It generates 97 PS of power at 6000 rpm and the torque received with this engine is 134 Nm at 4400 rpm. It has a slow acceleration due to its built. It takes 15 second in reaching the 100 kmph mark while returning a maximum fuel efficiency of 14 kmpl.
The Luxio fulfills the traits which a van demands. It has a good length, it is comfortably wide and has good height for proper head room for all the seats. The dimensions over which it is based extends the length to 4215 mm with 1710 mm of width and 1915 mm of height. The wheelbase of the body is 2650 mm and the ground clearance is 180 mm. The variants available for the alleged vehicle are D-type and X-type and they are differentiable on the equipment level. The higher variant X-type receives a number of equipments as standard including fog lamps, alloy wheels, rear spoiler, side body decals and parking sensors.
The dashboard equipments are boasted as per the elemental needs of a van. The variants have distinguishable factors in terms of cabin equipments. The higher mode has a dual tone dashboard, touch screen stereo system with CD/MP3/DVD player and USB/AUX input and 2nd row pilot lamps. The base version lacks these features and boasts a double DIN audio player with standard air conditioner. Both the variants are blessed with 8 seats including the driver's seat. All of them are well cushioned for maximum support and the 2nd and 3rd rows also have center hand rest with glass holders.
The steering system on offer is not the best one and the vehicle is also not supposed to be having any sports dynamic steering wheel. With rack and pinion power steering, the Luxio maneuvers well. The stability on high speed however, is a bit of a concern, but the practicality of 8 passengers takes over it. The front wheels are connected with ventilated disc brakes with boosters while the rear ones are dependent upon the drum units. The 15 inch wheels are good for adequate grip and allow the vehicle to go stable at all speeds.
Daihatsu Luxio is a capable MUV with decent features inside and out, but it still has nothing outstanding to offer which makes it face tough competition from other MUVs.