Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Unsung New Hero

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Unsung New Hero

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Byline: Malcolm Robertshaw

AS the Government's scrappage scheme continues to attract customers with the pounds 2,000 trade-in allowance on purchasing a new car, a whole host of new vehicles have become hot property.

When studying any form of line-up there are always a number of relatively unsung heroes to consider, and one such example is the Daihatsu Sirion.

Welcomed to the UK motoring scene in 1998, the Sirion made steady progress up the supermini league and, boasting a slightly retro look, spacious interior and fine fuel economy, this five-door hatchback has proved very reliable and good value for money.

Today's Sirion comes with a trio of petrol engines - the 1.0-litre 68bhp, 1.3-litre 86bhp and the latest power source driven here, the 1.5-litre 102bhp, while trim levels of S, SE and SX prove progressively generous.

All of the Daihatsu Sirion range received a complete makeover recently with new bumpers, air intakes, wheel designs, improved rear suspension, plusher fabric trim and more figure-hugging front seats - while generous standard kit at entry level includes air con, alloy wheels, electric windows, dual rear speaker radio/CD player with MP3 or iPod input port, passenger and side airbags, including a front passenger bag which can be deactivated, plus remote central locking.

The range topping Sirion 1.5-litre, SX driven here, also adds a deep front spoiler with mesh grille, front and rear fogs, eight-spoke alloys, side skirts and rear tailgate spoiler, while inside are front map lamps and digital clock. In addition, there are places in which to house those bits and bobs, including a useful glovebox, front door storage pockets, plus cupholders front and rear .

While the luggage bay isn't huge, it is user friendly shaped and provides 225 litre of luggage space with all seats taken which extends to 630 litres of flat load area to accommodate larger items. …

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