Daihatsu is one of the oldest Japanese car manufacturer. The Sirion is a hatchback car which is running on the roads since 1998. It has gone through various updates and name alterations. The company is known for manufacturing fuel efficient, powerful and no nonsense cars. The Sirion is a five door hatchback car with all the basic amenities of a small car; the engine is good for city traffic duties and highway manners, while the interior space and cabin comfort is acceptable. The car returns decent fuel efficiency with constructive aspects on offers.
The Daihatsu Sirion is boasted with an economically friendly engine. It houses in a 1.3-litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valves DOHC VVT-i engine. This machine churns out 90 PS of power at 6000 rpm while the torque on offer is 117 Nm at 4400 rpm. The engine works fine, but it starts quirking as the meter touches the high speed mark. The transmission systems on offer are automatic and manual; both of them offer considerable maneuverability at different driving conditions. The 0 to 100 kmph mark can be attained in 12 seconds of drive with which it can reach the top speed of 170 kmph. This car has acceptable average fuel mileage of 14.1 kmpl on offer .
It would be safe to say that the earlier generation of Daihatsu Sirion were dull and boring to look at. The engineers have initiated some good steps and laid the car with Bi-xenon headlamps, matte finished hexagonal grill, fog lamps, electrically adjustable and folding mirrors, parking sensors and clear lens tail lights. The boring appeal of the last generation car has been vanished out and it looks better from all the angles. The dimensions of the car counts 3690 mm of length, 1665 mm width and 1545 mm of height. Sirion houses a tall body stance and gets practical with bad road scenarios. The 2430 mm of wheelbase allows convenience to ride in heavy traffic.
The small car interiors with big buck on equipments is presented to the Daihatsu Sirion. It is wisely equipped and offers value for money features. The dashboard is colored in black and the central stereo console is outlined with silver inserts. A good audio player is embedded into the car which supports USB/ Auxiliary input, Bluetooth connectivity, FM radio and CD player. The dashboard mounted gear knob is convenient and easy to use. The steering is mounted with audio controllers and it is leather wrapped as well which touches up the premium feel. However, the plastic-inspired cabin looks a bit light on quality. The boot space is reasonably spacious and extends to 650-liters with rear seats down.
Daihatsu Sirion has front airbags for the driver and co-passenger. The tyres on offer are not well crafted to serve firm grip over speeds and the brakes are also not managed well to get the car stopped within time. You will require a good pressure on the brake pedal to bring the car descended to zero. The McPherson struts suspensions at the front and torsional beams at the rear are something which most of the cars of the respective category are offering and hence, they do not get the car do something great over the dynamics. As far as the crash test results are concerned, it has received the 4 stars in Euro NCAP measures.
Daihatsu Sirion is a basic family hatchback and is good to serve the same purpose. However, the equipment level and the vehicle image is not a good deal and the other cars in the range offer a lot for slightly higher prices.