New and Used Daihatsu Charade for Sale Philippines 2017
“Don’t judge a car by its appearance” is an apt quote that the Daihatsu Charade should have in all its manuals. Indeed, such a peculiar size and name can be a bit off-putting at first, but any capable driver worth his salt will certainly know that they’ve found quite a gem when they drive this car around. Light, lithe, and solid, the Daihatsu Charade engine perfectly complements its aerodynamic body, and its responsive engine is a welcome surprise on the road. With a large cabin space, simple dashboard layout, decent engine for city driving, and affordability, the Charade is a super-mini car developed and manufactured by Japanese car manufacturer Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. It was introduced in 1977 and was meant to replace the Daihatsu Consorte. The first generation of the vehicle, which ran from 1977 to 1983, was a five-door hatchback that featured a front-wheel drive and a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine.
The Charade was an instant and surprise hit in Japan the first year of its release, which took many by surprise. It even managed to become the Japanese Car of the Year in 1979. It also became a huge seller in many of the markets it was released to, most notably in Chile. And it was actually the first of Daihatsu's cars to be exported to the UK—even way before other more established car manufacturers came into the scene. It’s quite unfortunate, then, that the Daihatsu Charade went out of production in the year 2000. It marked a temporary end for the car model, as it was resurrected and rebadged in 2003 as the Daihatsu Mira. However, that model has also been discontinued as well.
The Daihatsu Charade Philippines is in its element on city streets, but struggles on the open road. Keep the Charade in its element and it will work wonders for you. Despite its weaknesses, it’s one of the most efficient and affordable small cars in the market—even today. Though the car is pretty much passé in modern vehicle standards, those with meager budgets looking for a car that gives good value for their money will certainly love the Charade. Though the Daihatsu Charade was a decent city car when it was released, the vehicle really has little to offer against today’s more fuel-efficient and technology-heavy cars other than its affordability. Today, the Kia Picanto, Toyota Wigo and Hyundai i10 are some of Charade’s closest rivals.
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Daihatsu Charade Specs and Performance
The Daihatsu Charade went through a wide variety of engines throughout its lifespan. The fourth generation in particular, came in three engines types: a 1.3L, 1.5L and 1.6L. All three were in-line four-cylinder engines and boasted a maximum of 54 hp and 89 Nm peak torque.
The Daihatsu Charade suspension featured a fully independent front and rear system beginning with the third generation, however, this doesn’t mean that the little car can handle rough roads. Despite the suspension improvement, the Charade remained ideal only for city streets where its diminutive size and energetic little engine excels in maneuvering through traffic gaps.
Daihatsu Charade Fuel Consumption
Barring hybrids aside, the Daihatsu Charade is the world's most efficient 1.0 liter petrol engine. It has unrivalled fuel economy, leaving all competitors eating its dust. Below is a list of some popular Daihatsu Charade years and their fuel consumption rates:
Second hand Daihatsu Charade fuel consumption:
- Daihatsu Charade 1994: 5.3 l/100km
- Daihatsu Charade 1993: 7.5 l/100km
- Daihatsu Charade 1992: 8.3 l/100km
- Daihatsu Charade 1991: 6.9 l/100km
Daihatsu Charade Features
Daihatsu Charade Convenience and Entertainment Features
The Daihatsu Charade has a bevy of features that will allow drivers and passengers a more comfortable riding experience. Some of its most notable features include:
- Air Conditioning System
- Information Display
- Climate controls
- CD player
Daihatsu Charade Safety Features
The Charade is a small car packed with above-average safety amenities that will surely satisfy both drivers and passengers alike. Some of its features include:
- High-steel strength
- Front-engine mounted frame
- Side-impact protection doors
- Side airbags
- Front seatbelt
- Head restraints
Daihatsu Charade Design
Daihatsu Charade Interior
The Charade’s cabin does offer plenty of headroom, but the same cannot be said about the lower half. To accommodate the vehicle’s small size, Daihatsu shortened the driver seat’s squab, which means it doesn’t have enough length to support the thighs during long drives. A urethane steering wheel, manual seating adjustment and air conditioning system comprise the Charade’s significant interior features.
- Bench-like seats
- Spare wheel
- Leather seats
- Resin port manifold
- Air-cleaner case
- Standard power steering
Daihatsu Charade Exterior
The term “you get what you pay for” perfectly applies to the Daihatsu Charade’s design. For the price, you can’t really expect the Charade to have a high head-turning quotient. Nevertheless, although the overall design is pretty basic, it’s apparent that a lot of thought and care went into it. The outer shell of the Charade can best be described as vanilla—it doesn’t really stand out. Nevertheless, it does exude a generally nice small-car feel, and every design aspect blends perfectly well with each other.
- Halogen fog lamps
- Basic mag wheels
- Standard body design
- Parking sensors (optional)
- More rigid outer body
- H-shaped front frame
Daihatsu Charade Color Options
The Daihatsu Charade went through a wide range of colors during its lifespan including blue red, black and grey along with a few of the most popular metallic colors of its time
Daihatsu Charade Price List in the Philippines
The Daihatsu Charade is no longer in production, so if you see a brand new Daihatsu Charade for sale, it has most likely been refurbished, rebuilt and repainted. That said, keep your eyes peeled for any Daihatsu Charade modified for sale, as these often come with upgraded specs and performance.
Since a 2nd hand Daihatsu Charade for sale is more than likely a decade old, buyers should make every possible effort to ensure that their purchase is of good quality and worth the money that they pay, no matter how affordable the car may be.
Carmudi Philippines has a plethora of new and 2nd hand Daihatsu Charade from different years listed on its website. Some of the prices include:
Second Hand Daihatsu Charade Price in the Philippines
- Daihatsu Charade 1994 price in the Philippines: P70,000
- Daihatsu Charade 1993 price in the Philippines: P65,000
- Daihatsu Charade 1992 price in the Philippines: P60,000
- Daihatsu Charade 1991 price in the Philippines: P60,000
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