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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 21 - Daihatsu Sirion

Updated on September 30, 2008


The Sirion's styling is trying for that Aygo / C1 / 107 look but falls a bit short. Remarkably overpriced, the Sirion is simply not competitive with its Toyota and French pseudoclones. The mileage is competitive, but there are simply better cars in this class for a lot less money that will be just as thrifty. If only Daihatsu would bring back the Cuore with a bit of an updating and sell it for 20% less than the Sirion, then it would definitely be a class leader.


The Daihatsu Sirion Hatchback 1.0 S 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $11,796.98, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 998 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 99.4 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 13.9 seconds. The performance factor of 10.0 is average for its class. The Daihatsu Sirion Hatchback 1.0 S 5 Door returns 64.2 MPG in highway driving, 46.3 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 56.5. With a fuel tank capacity of 8.8 gallons, the car can travel 565 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 681 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Daihatsu Sirion Hatchback 1.0 S 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 71, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Daihatsu Sirion Hatchback 1.0 S 5 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 998 / 3

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 68 / 6000

Torque (lb / ft) • 69

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3605

Overall Width (mm) • 1665

Overall Height (mm) • 1550

Front Seat Head Room (mm) • 1007

Front Seat Leg Room (mm) • 1048

Rear Seat Head Room (mm) • 977

Rear Seat Knee Room (mm) • 684

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 225

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 630

Turning Radius (m) • 9.4

Towing Capacity (kg) • 750

Curb Weight (kg) • 890


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 13.9

Top speed (MPH) • 99.4



Alloy Rims / Wheels • Standard Equipment

Metallic Exterior Paint • $325.00


Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Standard Equipment

Automatic Traction Control • Option Not Available

Electronic Stability System • Option Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available


Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Seat Height • Option Not Available

Air Conditioning • Standard Equipment

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Standard Equipment

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • Standard Equipment

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available


City MPG • 46.3

Highway MPG • 64.2

Combined MPG • 56.5

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 8.8

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 118

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $17.00

Eco Rating • B

Insurability Grouping • 5

Estimated Average Insurance • $348.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 31.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $229.00

Maintenance Factor • 29

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $843.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 5 Year / Unlimited Mileage


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