Daihatsu Copen Xplay

Daihatsu Copen Xplay Review: The charm of a CVT’s calm performance by Naoto Shimazaki

The Copen Xplay is a CVT model that is equipped with a five-speed MT. Its was developed identically with the Robe, the vehicle weight indicated in its car inspection certificate is 980kg (Front/Rear= 540/330kg), and its main difference with that of the MT vehicle is the 20kg weight difference on the front side.

The impact to the performance by the vehicle’s weight difference is very minimal. I reviewed the vehicle with the roof closed; I was able to sense the rigidity of its body further in this set-up. Compared to MT vehicles, it has a riding charm which is slightly quieter and its steering response also leaves an impression of being a little calmer. As a casual model that oozes personality, I want to use the Copen regularly; I think that this CVT model is the appropriate choice for users who think in this similar manner.

It has a power efficiency that did not leave me dissatisfied. It draws out a reasonable power efficiency while being mated to a CVT; it guarantees a satisfying performance in the city and even in the suburbs or in situations where you want to easily enjoy such a performance.

The test drive car was also equipped with an OEM navigation system. The instrument panel base put an emphasis on decisiveness and it has a design which does not dare to assume the mounting of various AV systems. However, it is provided with a specially exclusive instrument panel audio cluster and it is possible to equip it with car navigation and the like. My impression about the actual car is that the seven-inch model wide screen has a considerably elegant presence in the tight driver’s seat. The recent flat screen tablets that we can see has a modern style design that can be set on it; it can be made to look light, but I wonder how it would appear if we are going to imagine fitting it into the Copen.

â– 5 Star Rating

Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
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 Michael Sabaldan)