Daihatsu Wake

Daihatsu Wake Review: “A vehicle with packaging that prioritizes loading and expands pleasure” by Yoichi Moroboshi

This Wake is a commercialized model of the Deca Deca that was displayed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

The charm of the Wake is in its packaging after all. I could easily imagine such a form since it has hinted that it can be equipped with lots of different stuff, even in the television commercial. Its interior measures 2215mm in length and 1455mm in height, both measurements have achieved class-leading values. The opening height of the rear door (1286mm) and the distance between the front and rear occupant (1120mm) are also at the top of their class.

Compared to the Tanto, the overall height is higher by 85mm . However, the center of gravity height was kept up 10mm by making the roof panel thinner, trimming the weight of the parts above the center of gravity through means such as using resin for the body panels, setting the under trunk, and placing of the puncture repair kit on the underfloor.

The center of gravity height itself has not been increased. However, it has a type of running performance that lessens quick rolling like a tumble doll. This is because the heavy weight has been placed in a low position. The convergence velocity of this roll is slightly faster and some people also have different impressions from other kei-cars. When I worked in an automotive media, I often evaluated vehicles based on their overall handling. However, achieving so much handling while also achieving a packaging that could load this mass luggage is quite a big deal. If the position of the center of gravity were changed by loading luggages, the handling would show various characteristics. Therefore, I feel that I should not easily judge it based on that one ride with an empty load.

The wake is a vehicle grounded on its package. It was given various twists, with loading of luggage as its first priority. I can say that this is the long-awaited vehicle for those people who want to go out camping and load lots of things. If that’s the case, some people say that it should be done as a commercial type one-box vehicle. However, achieving a certain load while maintaining its quality as a passenger-type vehicle is a great part of the Wake.

The turbo engine is light and powerful. When I drove it with an empty load, it gave me an impression that I was going sufficiently fast. When I consider the torque feel, I believe it would still be able to pull off a good speed even if you were to load it with several people. Of course, it has parts that cannot compete with vehicles with 1000cc engines. However, we should consider to take into account the point that it is a kei-car.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Motor Journalist

He became a freelance journalist atage 23 after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)