- Easy to drive about town
- Great value for money
- Spacious interior
- Small boot
- Unsettled at speed
- Cheap interior plastics
Compact hatchback with a surprising amount of space.
The Daihatsu Sirion was a city car that was produced between 2005 to 2010. Though it lacked the class of its European and Japanese rivals, it still had a lot to offer. The Sirion produced between these years was actually the second generation, and was a massive improvement over the original. It has a spacious interior, a practical boot space, and low running costs. Equipment levels were decent for the price as well. The Sirion was also good to drive around town, as it was based on the same chassis as the ever popular Toyota Yaris. By no means is the Sirion the best used city car on the market, but it’s definitely worth consideration.
Simple design, solid practicality, and generous equipment.
The Sirion was not only based on the same platform as the Toyota Yaris, it also borrowed inspiration for its interior. That means the design is fairly modern, even by today’s standards. Practicality is impressive for such a small car as well.
The dashboard design of the Sirion is one that keeps things nice and simple. The dials are housed in a central pod above the steering wheel, whilst the rest of the controls are logically laid out. They do feel a little cheap when you use them, but this is a budget city car, so it’s hard to complain really. Material quality throughout isn’t a match for more modern city cars, with a lot of hard, scratchy plastics, covering the entirety of the cabin. It certainly feels well built however, which makes the Sirion a great option as a used car buy.
Practicality is never that impressive in a city car, but the Sirion is definitely one of the better used car options on the market. The rear seats have quite a lot of legroom, whilst the boxy design provides a reasonable amount of headroom for a car in this class. Adults should be fine back there. The boot space isn’t the biggest, due to the increased rear passenger space, but there’s still enough room for a foldable buggy, and a bit of shopping.
Equipment was fairly generous in the Sirion for a car of its time. The entry-level S trim came with air-con, a height-adjustable steering wheel, all-round electric windows, and remote central locking. SE trim adds alloy wheels and parking sensors, whilst range-topping SX trim adds improved exterior styling, and a red interior trim.
All in all the inside of the Sirion is fairly decent for a city car. It’s not outstanding by any means, and a more modern car, such as the Seat Mii is certainly better. But if you want a used car bargain, the Sirion’s solid build quality won’t let you down.
Easy to drive around town.
When you buy a city car, you expect it to excel around town. The Sirion is one of the easiest cars to drive in this environment. The steering is nice and light, so weaving in and out of busy traffic, and squeezing into tight parking spots is a breeze. There’s plenty of grip through the corners. At speed the Sirion’s steering does lose a little feel, which can make it feel edgy when you throw it into a tight bend. This isn’t helped by the excessive body roll. But as long as you do most of your driving around town, you won’t even notice these minor niggles.
Suspension and Chassis
Not only is the Sirion an easy car in the city, it’s also pretty comfortable. The soft suspension might cause body roll at speed, but it certainly helps when dealing with our poor quality British roads. It easily smooths out city centre lumps and bumps, and it even does OK out of town as well. Refinement isn’t the finest however. Get the Sirion on the motorway and you’ll immediately notice the excessive road, wind, and engine noise. But few buyers are going to spend too much time in this environment.
Gearbox options in the Sirion come in two guises. The standard across the Sirion range is a five speed manual transmission. Though it does get the job down, it is a little on the notchy side, and it’s not exactly accurate either. You might find yourself having to search around for the gear you want. An optional automatic gearbox was also available with the 1.3, and 1.5 litre engines. It’s not great however, so unless you really don’t like changing gear, it’s one to avoid.
Three economical petrol engines on offer.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Sirion, you’ve got three options. A 1.0 litre petrol, a 1.3 litre petrol, or a 1.5 litre petrol. The latter is the most flexible if you do a lot of town driving, though the other two are more economical about town.
City cars aren’t known for their impressive power outputs, and the Sirion is no different. The most powerful engine on offer is found with the 1.5 litre petrol engine. It produces 103bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds. For a city car, this is pretty decent, and it’s the engine best suited to motorway driving. If you live outside of the city, this might be the best option to consider, especially as it will still return 46mpg.
Eco-friendly buyers will be reasonably happy with the engines on offer in the Sirion range. Though obviously the Sirion is not quite as green as more modern rivals. The best engine in the range is the 1.0 litre petrol engine, which produces just 118g/km of CO2 emissions. Not only is that decent for the planet, it will only cost £30 in road tax each year. The 1.0 litre engine is also the best option for money savers, thanks to its impressive 57mpg fuel economy.
All three engines in the Sirion range serve their purpose well. They’re not as quiet, clean, or as efficient as those found in city cars today, but all three have running costs low enough to make the Sirion a cheap car to own.
Average scores from Euro NCAP, with impressive safety features.
Back in 2006 when the Sirion was tested by NCAP, the ratings were displayed differently from what we know today. Overall though, the Sirion achieved a 4-star rating, which is competitive for a city car. In adult protection it achieved four stars, whilst child protection was a little less impressive at three stars.
The Sirion also comes with a number of safety features as standard. No matter which model you go for, you’ll get ABS, driver, passenger, and side airbags, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and power steering. Even by today’s standards that’s a pretty impressive standard safety kit list.
The Sirion is a great used car bargain.
The Daihatsu Sirion was one of the cheapest cars in its class when it was first released, making it great value for money even back then. Today it offers even greater value, thanks to years of depreciation. Because the Sirion is pretty reliable as well, the mechanics should all be in tact, especially if you go for an inspected model. Running costs will be low no matter which model you go for, though the 1.5 litre petrol will cost £185 in road tax each year.
Insurance groups for the Sirion again depend on which model you choose to go for. You may find that the Sirion is a little more expensive than some of its rivals however. The range starts in group 11 for the entry-level 1.0 S, and climbs up towards group 17 for the range-topping 1.5 SX+ Auto.
Depreciation was a factor to consider with the Sirion, but only if you chose to buy from new. Because of years of heavy depreciation, the Sirion is actually one of the cheapest cars for its age and class. Make sure you go for a quality inspected example to make sure your Sirion is up to scratch.
If you’re on the lookout for a cheap and cheerful city car, and you’re on a bit of a budget, the Daihatsu Sirion is a great option to consider. With its low running costs, spacious interior, and economical engines, it serves its purpose as a city car very well. The Sirion is also incredibly easy to drive, and you’ll get plenty of equipment for your money. Especially compared to some other city cars from the same period. The Sirion really is an excellent used car bargain.
Buying a used Daihatsu Sirion online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Daihatsu Sirion for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Sirion. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Daihatsu Sirion online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Daihatsu? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Daihatsu Sirion, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Sirion, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Daihatsu to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.