The Sirion is a sub- compact five door hatchback that has been produced by Daihatsu in some form or other since 2004, with the Third Series being released in mid 2011at the 19th Indonesian International Motor Show in Jakarta.
Daihatsu have been around for many years now, and have made a specialty of developing small to compact sized cars and vans. Some of their models range from the unique to the unusual- however the Daihatsu Sirion Hatchback is decidedly mainstream, taking a lot of its character from Daihatsu's sister company Toyota and their Yaris hatchback.
In its Series One or Two modes, the Daihatsu Sirion gained a number of thumbs' down in the trade reviews for being underpowered. However for the Series Three, apart from being given an external and internal trim revamp, the Sirion has been moved up a league or two with a power boost coming from Daihatsu's 1.5 liter four cylinder 16 valve electronic fuel injection dual overhead camshaft engine capable of, producing 102 horsepower and 111 pounds of torque that comes paired with a five speed short stroke manual transmission.
Suspension for the Sirion is based around Daihatsu's familiar formula of Macpherson struts, large diameter front and rear stabilizers, as well as front and rear gas shock absorbers meaning that the car is capable of absorbing the most severe bumps.
The Daihatsu Sirion Hatchback could best be described as a town car, with the dimensions to prove it. Just 142.9 inches long and 65.6 inches wide, the Sirion really has a pretty dainty footprint. However where the Sirion differs from the crowd is in its height, coming in at 61 inches. Yet the Sirion carries its slightly top heavy proportions very well, thanks to its snub nose, flared wheel arches and upright flat hatchback design.
All that extra height means a super comfortable ride for all passengers, even if they are above average height. Daihatsu planned the Sirion's internal layout so that there would be maximum space between the rear 60/40 split bench and the driver and passenger seats. Another benefit that Daihatsu have taken full advantage of is providing ninety degree angled opening doors, which means that accessing the Sirion for back seat passengers is as effortless as can be.
With the back seats up, luggage space is far from outstanding at 15 cubes. However with the back seats folded, then a virtual Aladdin's cave of cargo space opens up reaching a very creditable 43 cubic feet.