The outstanding feature of the two doors Daihatsu Copen Convertible Coupe is, without doubt, its electronically retractable hardtop. However,,as most of the objective reviews will point out, there is a lot more to the Copen than that. The car offers tremendous value for money, considering that the cabin trim is of such a high finish as well as being very well designed. Daihatsu are one of the World's leaders in producing mini cars and vans and with the Copen they have developed one of the smallest sports cars you will find on the road.
And the Copen looks good and comes with a long list of accessories both for the exterior and the interior as standard. Starting from a boot spoiler, front fog lights, electric door mirrors to sixteen inch alloy wheels with 205/40R-16 all weather tires on the outside and including tilting and telescoping steering wheel, wind visors, sun visors, remote central locking, dual seat heaters, driver and passengers seats in a choice of leather or heavy duty sports fabric, air conditioning, CD stereo electric windows and six speakers to enhance the driving experience.
For such a powerful, compact sports car as the Copen, Daihatsu have spared little expense and put lots of thought in ensuring high levels of safety. The car comes with airbags for driver and passenger, three point seatbelts with integral pre-tensioners and force limitation capabilities. Side impact beams are part of the Copen's structure to maximum collision safety as well as impact absorbing pads fixed within the door trims.
While it is fairly unique in its makeup, the Daihatsu Copen Convertible Coupe does have one or two mini sports cars to contend with, notably the Mazda MX, Smart Roadster or the Ford Street KA, although none of them can compete against that retractable roof.
As you would expect from such a small and light car, the Copen is exceptionally frugal when it comes to fuel consumption, averaging 47 miles per gallon, with no discernible difference being recorded in any trade reviews between city and highway driving.
And just to prove how much they believe in the Copen, Daihatsu have bestowed their maximum five year or one hundred thousand miles full parts warranty on it.
The Daihatsu Copen Convertible Coupe has been around for a long time. Long enough to earn the status of a cult automobile. A car to buy as an indulgence with all traces of practicality cast aside with driving amusement, eye appeal and the desire to be different taking its place. There are very few cars that fall into this category that cost so little, and hold their price so well.