Entry-level car is the future

Mabuyane Kekana

Mabuyane Kekana

The days of boxes, four wheels and steering wheels masquerading as motor cars are over. Every car maker is trying their best to improve standards, even on entry level cars.

Daihatsu is one such manufacturer that has emerged as one of the big players in the entry level market.

Daihatsu's Charade has in the past been criticised for being a shell on four wheels.

However, the Japanese manufacturer has now realised the potential the market holds. This has prompted them to take their cars to the next level.

The result is the new Daihatsu Charade - nothing like the one we know.

The new Charade is in every aspect an entry level car, but now with a lot of good qualities.

The new Charade is a Toyota in disguise. This is not surprising given that Toyota owns 51percent of Daihatsu. The two companies share technology.

The Charade we know is dead and buried. The new Charade is equipped with features such as ABS, electric windows and air-conditioning.

The exterior of the new car is also refreshing compared to the outgoing model.

The new car will be available in two models: the Celeb and the Classic. Both models come with air-conditioning, a service plan, three-year warranty and plenty of space for driver, front and rear passengers and other small items.

The Celeb comes with dual air bags, ABS, integrated factory-fitted radio CD player, central locking, electric windows and electric mirrors.

The Charade's 1-litre took us by surprise. For an engine this small, one would expect it to run out of breath, but it held its own during our test drive.

The new Charade will make a good starter pack. The Classic is priced at R86900, while the high-spec Celeb goes for R95900.