11 July 2008

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New Daihatsu Materia is boxier than an Argos depot. But we like it

Daihatsu Materia

Definitely from Daihatsu's cubist period, the new Materia is all straight lines and right angles. But we like it.

With function dictating form, the Materia is a box on wheels to give maximum interior space, and Daihatsu says the Materia is as big as a family car inside while being the same sort of size as a supermini outside. 

The dash is a little more restrained in concept, with the speedo mounted in the centre of the dash-top, but otherwise fairly normal.

The engine is Daihatsu's straightforward 1.5-litre petrol with 103bhp, driven through either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.

The Materia goes on sale in July with a standard equipment list that includes air conditioning, CD player, alloy wheels, privacy rear glass and four airbags.

All that, plus the stand-out styling from £10,995 looks pretty attractive to us.


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