Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sirion's Looks Hide a Hot Car

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sirion's Looks Hide a Hot Car

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Byline: By Bill McCarthy

The Daihatsu Sirion is not a name on the edge of everyone's lips, but it will leave you on the edge of your seat.

This unlikely looking hot-hatch had many people scratching their head and dubbing the Daihatsu, the Daihats-who? If the profile of the Japanese carmaker is not sky-high in the UK then it can take solace from home sales, where Daihatsu - and the Sirion in particular - enjoy huge popularity.

The Sirion does not display the sleek and sporty looks of some of the speedy super-minis, but the chrome-bedecked, alloy-clad, rocket-propelled Rally II would make anyone look twice - particularly as it disappears into the distance from the traffic lights

It requires all the revs, but it delivers a blistering eight-second sprint time and a top speed of 115mph - a real wolf in sheep's clothing.

At speed you will be cranking up the radio to drown out the road and engine noise. But the ride is not bad; the gearbox is decent and the steering feels nicely weighted, until you build some speed where it does start to fade.

The odd looks do take some getting used to, particularly the almost retro, chrome-covered door handles, bumper, door-trim and bonnet front.

The mesh front grille, new-shape headlamps and new bonnet are improved features on the latest models and are easily the most striking features. Seven spoke alloys and even a discreet-looking spoiler complete the sporty look.

Inside is where the Sirion is weaker. The good points are the seats which are sporty, firm and comfortable and all the controls are logical and within easy reach.

But the centre trim and some fittings - like the air vents - have a slightly plastic feel for a car which comes in at just over 10 grand. …

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