Daihatsu Copen XPLAY

Daihatsu Copen XPLAY Review: “The MT also performs comfortably” by Naoto Shimazaki

The XPLAY is the first dress-up variant of the Copen. When closely examined, the XPLAY’s exterior panels, excluding the roof, feature an exclusive design that is totally different from that of the Robe.

The door panels look different. They do not have that distinctive line that the Robe has on its door, and the handles have also been placed horizontally. Its appearance is quite elaborate .

The two-toned color, a combination of the glossy black color and another body color, gives the XPLAY an appearance derived from a crossover show car. It has a fairly strong personality, that people will wonder what kind of car it is if you drive it downtown; it will be quite eye-catching. Speaking of eye-catching, the hood and the rear fenders, visible from the driver’s seat and the mirror respectively, look beautiful. Although the XPLAY has the same lighting system as the Robe, I am a little happy that it does not have the vertical LED illuminator that is on the front-side of the Robe.

It has the same dimensions and curb weight as the Robe, with a five-speed MT weighing at 850kg and a CVT weighing at 870kg. For this reason, it performs the same as the Robe when you drive it while making full use of the shift. The specification is the same, but the sounds and engine revolutions that give you the feeling of driving somewhere leisurely might be a style influenced by SUVs.

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)