Daihatsu Move X SA

Daihatsu Move Review: “New design demonstrates practicality and functionality” by Naoto Shimazaki

It’s the conventional kei car. Daihatsu managed to transfer the previous generation Move’s standing to its latest model. Seeing the finished product made me understand that.

The car I test drove was the Move X SA. The styling of the exterior has gradualy changed from one generation to the next. I say that because upon closer inspection, the cabin looks prettier. I could also see the functionality and the practicality of the windshield and the car nose’s angle. Because of the light guides above and below the LED tail lights, its automotive lighting is bigger than that of the Lexus LS.

Sadly, the back door no longer opens horizontally. But it’s a good thing that the door is made of resin just like the doors of the Tanto and the Wake, this means the door can be opened or closed without using excessive force. And in case you close i with such force, it’ll still shut quietly. The rear seat has enough space, and has excellent visibility because of a lower seating position.

In addition, it also has a comfortable running performance. The new Move features a stable suspension and a lighter and highly rigid body. This sense of security and excellent comfort was something that I was able to experience firsthand. The standard 14-inch tires’ performance is smooth and I liked how quiet it was on the road. The naturally aspirated engine mated to a CVT achieved a fuel economy of 31km/liter in JC08 mode and demonstrated sufficient acceleration performance. When the “PWR” button on the steering wheel was pressed, the engine demonstrated such a powerful acceleration performance that I felt was similar to a turbocharged engine.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Interior Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)
Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)