Daihatsu Cuore Parts
The little Daihatsu Cuore comes decked out with standard driver and passenger airbags. Add to that a standard detachable-face CD/tuner, electric mirrors and an engine immobiliser and the Cuore really starts to appeal.
The Cuore's 4-seater cabin has door trims which are completely vinyl covered, the dashboard design is basic and there's lots of grey plastic. Its run-of-the-mill type accessories include dual vanity mirrors, an array of storage compartments and cup holders, lights-on buzzer and intermittent wipers. Instrumentation is limited to speedometer/odometer, fuel level and coolant temperature - there's no tachometer.
The Cuore does have air conditioning.
Despite its pint size, you never feel 'cooped up' inside the little Daihatsu; its low waistline and high roofline effectively creates a feeling of spaciousness. Headroom is ample (there are inches to spare for people 6-foot tall), though shoulder and elbowroom is a little tight.
Offered as a 2-door only, access to the rear seat is by releasing the front backrest and sliding the whole thing forward in another separate action.
Once seated, however, there's no lack of space - there's headroom for 6-footers, reasonable shoulder width and generous feet room. Legroom is quite good so long as the front seats aren't slid fully back.
The 989cc 3-cylinder EJ-VE engine is capable of propelling the 720kg Cuore - and it's also pretty high tech.
With its high 10.0:1 compression ratio, multi-point fuel injection, DOHCs and 4-valves-per-cylinder, it can rustle up 41kW at 5200 rpm and 88Nm at 3600 rpm.
As you might expect, the Cuore has excellent fuel consumption. Official AS2877 figures are 5.8 and 5.0-litres per 100km on the city and highway, but we averaged nearly 7-litres during our test. Fuel tank capacity is 40 litres - quite generous.
The standard power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is communicative, responsive and nicely weighted. The Cuore also has a wonderfully tight turning circle - a 4.6 metre radius is all it needs.
Braking performance is adequate using just solid front discs and rear drums; there's no ABS or EBD.
External features consist of a centre roof-mounted aerial, offset front number plate, a high-mount brake light, multi-reflector headlights, hub caps, rear mudflaps and colour-coded bumpers.
The Daihatsu Cuore 5-speed is equipped with dual airbags, CD/tuner, immobiliser, electric mirrors and power steering.
If you're in the market for a cheap and compact 4-seater hatch, you can't go wrong with the Cuore.