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Daihatsu Cuore












Daihatsu Cuore
EngineIn-line three-cylinder
Displacement998 cm³
Bore * stroke71 * 84 mm
Cylinder blockAluminum
Compression10,5 : 1
Valve trainDOHC (chain)
Valves4 per cylinder
Valve controlvariable
Torque94 Nm at 3600 1/min
Performance51 kW (70 PS)
Rated speed6000 1/min
ConstructionFront engine with front drive
Transmission systemFive speed/automatic
BodyFive doors, four seats
Wheel base2490 mm
Suspension frontMcPherson spring strut
Suspension rearTwist beam
SteeringRack and pinion, servo
Brakes f/rDisc/drum, ABS, electr. brake force distribution, brake assistant, optional ESP
Tyres145/80 R 13 S / 155/65 R 14 S
Length3470 mm
Width1475 mm
Height1530 mm
Tank capacity36 liter
Kerb weightApprox. 765/775 kg + driver
Top speedApprox. 160/150 km/h
Construction periodSince 2007
Purchase priceFrom 9.000 Euro
Emission classEuro 4
CO2-emission104/129 g/km

Germany in 2008 suffers from high fuel prices. Since many people in the past were looking for their salvation in the purchase of a diesel vehicle, the first time the price for diesel at the pump increases at the premium petrol. Nevertheless, very few think of buying a fuel-efficient petrol engine.

The Cuore has evolved. Its interior is definitely an alternative to the compact class, if you do not need back seat and luggage space at once. In the better equipment it is in fact movable. Five airbags are also already in the basic equipment. Nothing really important is missing in the car. It is narrower than others. Nevertheless do not touch also broad-shouldered people. The seats are amazingly comfortable for a small car.

Compared to its predecessor, the plain surfaced Cuore is much more complex and become so prettier. He could be even slightly lower, because with its height-adjustable driver's seat one can look some other to the roof, but has some difficulties at the traffic lights. Then also might well be its comfort-tuned chassis still a bit more stable in curves. But with 145 and 155 tyres you really can not ask for more.

There are then small wheel arches. The engine is moved far forward, together with the front axle. Similarly the rear axle to the rear, to well-being of wheelbase and interior. Pitching on undulating road surface is therefore relatively rare. Above the engine room can be opened a relatively tiny hood, although in principle make possible the view of all the details, but even indicate to some difficulties for hands of mechanics.

The battery seems taken from the bike, so small it is. The brake fluid reservoir almost disappears under the windscreen. Reward of the filigree mechanism is a consumption and acceleration performance that is unparalleled. 11.1 seconds from zero to 100 kilometers per hour promises the manufacturer. In the past 10 seconds were regarded as the limit to the sports cars.

Speed at rated speed (6000 1/min)
1. gear 47 km/h
2. gear 83 km/h
3. gear123 km/h
4. gear189 km/h (theor.)
5. gear228 km/h (theor.)


However, if one drives in this way , the three-cylinder makes rough noises. Only one should bear in mind whether such a car will be bought because of its acceleration. If you want - in contrast to car tests - to benefit from the low consumption, so you drive - after some practice - almost without gas and upshift early. The fifth speed is designed as long (see table) that it is to be used in the city only after some practice.

But since the fourth speed entirely against the habit of other manufacturers also ensures low engine speeds, he is on relatively quickly driving in the city the ideal partner. On the highway you will be rewarded in the fifth with sensationally good engine speeds. For short-term acceleration are prepared the fourth and up to 125 km/h the third. Anyway over 130 km/h it becomes something uncomfortable for comfort and consumption.

Sure, the circuit can nor really be compared with a dignified German compact class. You have to concentrate more and treat it well. In particular, the switching back to the second and the reverse speed need a little time. Then you have more of the car. About its susceptible to failure just rumors circulating. The Daihatsu's self developed actuator is after all also be found in the minis of Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota.

Two more hp are even available in the Cuore. Together with two camshafts, four valves per cylinder and a variable adjustment of the valve timing, the engine is a fine piece of Japanese precision engineering. It will probably be possible to it under favorable circumstances to scratch at the four-liter consumption limit. And this with a good torque moment, but this can clearly be slowed down by many passengers or heavy luggage.

You still have concerns about the fixed costs? Sure, that you receive upon purchasing this vehicle not normally twelve percent discount. But we talk here about other basic prices. A VW Polo Blue Motion is with 99 g/km CO2 almost twice as expensive.

Meanwhile, more than 80,000 km are traveled without any problems. Only the front brake pads were changed. The (expensive) spark plugs wait on its use in the glove box, while the first are still working excellently. It should be mentioned, however, that the car travels a lot more distances than just city driving. Two new tyres were needed. When changeover from winter to summer tyres another two are due. 03/12




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