29 Aug

Daihatsu Charade

The Daihatsu Charade is the fastest and most high-class car in its segment, and delivers more than what a buyer would expect for the price. The Charade has enjoyed market longevity because it delivers such a high level of performance.

Aside from longevity the Charade also has a reputable level of build quality and class leading performance levels all at an affordable price. Buyers will not easily be able to overlook the Charade’s statistics in favor of purchasing a more elite brand name. The more modern versions are still the fastest in their class beating out all the bigger names.

The Daihatsu Charade is not a race car by any means, but the cars 1.0-litre engine provides rapid acceleration and high performance. The car handles easily and the little three cylinder makes the car fun to drive. It is very small, though some rivals are more desirable such as the Mini Countryman.

The Charade offers a lot more than the other competitors in this sector. It boasts standard levels of specifications and provides good value for the money. This car functions best on city streets or fairly smooth terrain. It doesn’t do as well on highways, or in croos-winds, and there isn’t enough boot space to carry luggage or much of anything else.


The Charade is not an expensive car. Even with optional ad-ons the little Daihatsu is affordable. It gets great gas mileage and insurance rates are extremely affordable. Every aspect of the Charade is affordable including parts and servicing.

The Charade provides adequate space for four passengers. Additional cabin space is limited, and rear passengers may struggle with head and leg room if they are tall. The boot is small and limited to smaller cargo items. There are various storage spaces available in the cabin to store miscellaneous items.


The cabin’s controls and displays are functional and easy to use, but they reveal the car’s price with their inexpensive quality and feel.

The Charade was not built for comfort. Its engine and road noise increases with the car’s speed. The car’s seats are comfortable enough and should adequately accommodate most passengers of average height.

The front two seats are easily accessible. The doors open widely and allow passengers to easily slide into the seats. Some rear passengers may have more difficulty with access due to more limited aperture space.

The Daihatsu is very easy to park. Its small size and lightweight steering make parking a very simple task. The car provides a good forward and rear view and fits into parking spaces easily.

Life Style

The Charade has great driver appeal. It’s a fun car to drive around town, it draws plenty of attention, it handles curves and corners really well, and the engine sounds like a race car. The Charade’s excellent performance puts the competition to shame; it performs very well on the city streets.

The little Charade probably wouldn’t make a good family car. It has adequate seating for a family of four, but may not hold larger children comfortably in the rear seats. There is also very limited boot space and the Charade may not be able to adequately accommodate family related items.

This would make an excellent first vehicle. The Daihatsu Charade is small and easy to handle. It boasts high performance levels, and has an attractive exterior style. Insurance rates and fuel consumption are good too. This would be an ideal car for a new motorist on a limited budget who is looking for a stylish car.

The Daihatsu Company has somewhat of a negative image in the UK. More recent models have begun to change the company’s image, but many in the UK do not consider Daihatsu a viable option.

Security and Safety

The Charade is equipped with central locking, an engine immobilizer with a transponder key. An alarm system is available as an option and may be a good idea though the Charade is probably low on the endangered cars list.

There are many safety features included with the Charades standard package, such as; a front frame designed to deflect collisions, front airbags, front and back crumple zones, and a Full Impact Safety System. The car comes with an impressive safety kit.

Finishing Touches

The Charade comes equipped with a standard stereo unit with a CD player. The sound quality is mediocre, but is what should be expected for the price. There are limited options available for upgrades.


The Charade is a functional and fun vehicle predominantly designed to navigate city streets easily and efficiently. The Daihatsu Charade is a high performer and is affordable to insure, fuel, and maintain. Many buyers will be biased against the Diahatsu brand, but the Charade legitimately deserves sincere consideration.

15 Oct

BMW 4 Series Convertible

The first official images of the new BMW 4 Series cabriolet have been released, ahead of the model’s debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November.

The 4 Series Convertible will go on sale in the UK next March, and will replace the current 3 Series Convertible in the BMW line-up. It will be larger in size than the 3 Series and feature a new hard-top roof design.

From launch, buyers will be able to choose between two petrol engines – a 2.0-litre unit and 3.0-litre turbocharged offering – and one 2.0-litre diesel engine.

bmw 4 seriesThere will be five trim levels available, all of which come with a fairly impressive amount of standard kit. Even entry-level models come equipped with dual-zone air-conditioning, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control. They also come with BMW’s ‘Air Breathers and Air Curtains’ which are designed to reduce turbulence and aerodynamic drag around the front wheels, maximising efficiency.

Prices for the BMW 4 Series Convertible will start from £35,650, with the range-topping model costing £44,970. The entry-level Convertible costs £4,075 more than the coupe. Full pricing and performance details for the 4 Series Coupe can be found at CarSite.co.uk.

15 Feb

Top 5: depreciating cars from 2009

Do you love to throw money down the toiled by buying a new car!? Well the error of your ways will be realised if you are looking to sell it a few years down the line, and you will make a used car buyer somewhere very happy, offering them a painfully small price for essentially the same car that you spent up to 70% more for. Here are the top 5 worst cars depreciation wise, or the top c5 best cars for used buyer bargains!

Peugeot 206

peugeot 206

The Peugeot 206 is an incredibly popular car on UK roads, unfortunately however, it popularity comes at a price, and it is usually paid by the owner (if they bought the 206 new). This is because the popularity of the model lead to there being too many on the used car market, which in turn caused a 63.5% drop in value since 2009!  This makes the used Peugeot 206 a very attractive option.

Mazda 6


The Mazda 6 has always struggled with depreciation, and the 2009 model is no different. Over the 4 years between 2009 and now, a second hand Mazda 6’s value could have fallen by 63.8%! So if you fancy a used four door saloon, you know where to look.

Ferrari 599


Now this is an odd one, as whatever way you look at it, the Ferrari 599 is a pretty pointless car to feature on the list, but you can’t argue with facts! It is pointless because a Ferrari owner probably wouldn’t care, and someone with the budget to even consider a 599 probably doesn’t need to buy used. Nevertheless, buying a 2009 reg 599 now would cost you £112,125 less than the mug you’re buying it off paid for it…. They paid around £207,075.

Jaguar XJ


Has much really changed since 2009? It has if you are a fan of the XJ, because you can now get it for just over £19,000! Pretty good when compared to the person who spent £43,752 on the same car in 2009. I mean sure you might miss out on a few new car parts, but the underlying luxury feel is still there, and it still looks great.

Renault Megane


After being voted one of Europe’s most unreliable cars in 2012, can things get much worse for Megane owners? Yes! They also own one of the worst cars for depreciation. So not only will they have to shell out more money at servicing garages, but when they decide to sell their £17,135 2009 model, they will only get £7,255 back! That’s a kick in the teeth if I’ve ever seen one. For more on the Megane go to RenaultCarReviews.co.uk.


15 Feb

Renault Clio 200 Turbo

The Renault Clio’s sportier brother, the ‘Renaultsport’ has a new incarnation… the Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo!


Full UK specification details have been revealed for the new Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo and it has us buzzing at the AEF HQ. It has followed the direction of many a new car, and has essentially downsized, and added a turbocharger.

It will feature a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine petrol engine and an EDC six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Thanks to the Turbocharged engine, the new Renaultsport Clio can generate a strong 197bhp and it produces 18lb-ft more torque than its predecessor. This means that 0-62mph will take 6.7 seconds, and a top speed of 143mph can be achieved.

The new Renaultsport Clio will do 44.8mpg and emissions have fell, giving the car better green credentials. The Renaultsport Clio hasn’t got the best history in terms of quality and reliability, though it hasn’t been terrible either, mechanical reliability should be good and regular servicing should keep it to a high standard.

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