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Fun styling Copen stand out from the Despite modest power engine is a willing and surprisingly performer Electric roof is impressive and stows in boot minimum of fuss Copen is no city car but well equipped and built


Despite cabin build quality, used are a little bland over average build find the driving position a cramped Boot space is cut when roof is down remote boot release is inside centre console

from the school of thought says that everybody is to be attracted to something cute, Copen is that rare — a car that looks it’s fallen out of a Christmas but is perfectly useable on a day-to-day

Manufacturers always keen to niches with models attract buyers who ordinarily go for the usual suspects for all manner of And as cities succumb to ever-increasing of congestion, recent years seen car makers look to models as they seek to style-conscious urbanites off their and public transport.

Nowhere is this more than in the convertible market. buyers, despite having to put up less than tropical conditions, love their Until recently convertibles the preserve of the prestige and hardcore car marques.

The former are big and costly, the offer flimsy fabric Enter the likes of Peugeot’s 206 CC and second generation Tigra; that are perfect for urban but boast metal folding for added protection and refinement.

Not seeks a modified supermini, which is why Daihatsu’s Copen, a two-seat roadster, exists. to its Japanese roots, the Copen is a machine, visually and from an perspective. Its small size and cabin space won’t be to liking, however it’s attributes that make the car to people who often put style of substance when making a

And yet, for a modest sum you get a car that’s well appointed — so than some superminis with the added bonus of a roof and stand-out looks. the car is no Ferrari and luggage space is at a roof up or down, but at least it be mistaken for anything else on the And in a world where there’s a 206 CC on street corner this is no bad

Our verdict on the Daihatsu Copen

On paper the Copen doesn’t add up. Its diminutive power unit is to have people rushing to its snug cabin is an acquired as is the car’s serious lack of space. Drive it and these disappear. It’s the kind of car puts a smile on your and not just because of its cheeky and buzzy engine note.

A drop-top with just room for two adults and a toothbrush work but does.


what Daihatsu is offering- metal roof, air-con, windows, good looks and a drive — the Copen is value for money. Until a few ago the only other car offering features was Mercedes’ SLK. Add in fuel economy and the car’s value and it stands up well more the conventional cars Ford and Peugeot. The only mark will be over the mechanism’s integrity.

If it’s the rest of the car you should have no and visits to the garage will be

Space and practicality

The modest of space available is to be expected the Copen’s compact dimensions. is room for two average size in the cabin, but storage space feel mean if you’ve stepped out of a conventional supermini. not all bad; along with a you do get a lockable central console that also contains the remote release.

In contrast, pockets are not half as practical as not deep enough to hold useful. At the rear, buyers need to be a frugal as the Copen’s offers only a modest of space — dramatically so when the roof is retracted.

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Convertibles have always some buyers to look on the grounds that rollover was always deemed to be inferior to of a car with a tin roof. Now that and more convertibles come metal folding covers, argument is no longer a valid The Copen, like the 206 CC, offers the of both worlds. Inside the twin front airbags as standard, and Daihatsu sells the car ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution

Driver appeal

It may not have designed as an out-and-out racer but the small footprint and nimble make for a car that will a smile when out on the open Front-wheel drive, quick and and willing engine encourages you to along at a pace more to that of a ‘warm’ performance Putting the roof down improves matters.

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Despite open to the elements, wind and buffeting is kept to a pleasing thanks in part to a small but deflector placed between the The only complaint is of a choppy that can prove tiresome on journeys, possibly due to a lack of rigidity. Something which is noticeable with the roof

Family car appeal

First car

Quality and image

With better known for its quirky 4x4s and thrifty city the arrival of the Copen caused a stir. To say that it wasn’t people expected is an understatement. sales volumes a fraction of the of the Streetka and 206 CC, the Copen’s scarcity adds to its already elevated status.

Quality-wise Daihatsu is known for cars that rival in terms of reliability and durability and the is no different. Its roof mechanism may complicated but it works with a efficiency, while the cabin is to last despite its conservative


The agile need apply for Copen ownership the car is not the easiest to get in and out of. Its low-slung stance is, the main culprit, but there’s the fact that, with the up, the door aperture is on the small Something that can make and egress tricky when in the confines of a supermarket car park.

is all true for many cars in the class — even much-loved Roadster-Coupe requires to contort their bodies a in order to get behind the wheel.

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Standard fit on the Copen is an radio/CD tuner, which is to use and looks out of place in the car’s cabin thanks to its rather design. Sound quality is although you’d have to be clever indeed if you wanted to somewhere to fit a CD disc changer.

Diminutive Copen is likely to be a sight for years to come

and trim

While the Copen is in a range of colours, brighter are the most flattering. Unfortunately the cabin doesn’t continue trend as in standard trim constructed out of dark plastics and fabrics. The mood can be lifted by for Daihatsu’s optional leather though, and by specifying wood detailing for the car’s fascia if you so

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