Daihatsu Move Custom Review: "A quality finish vehicle that is already not a kei-car" by Yoichi Moroboshi

Daihatsu Move Custom Review: “A quality finish vehicle that is already not a kei-car” by Yoichi Moroboshi

Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. introduced the sixth generation Move. I test drove the RS Hyper SA, a luxury grade of the Hyper. The Hyper is a new grade added to the sporty Custom lineup.

I felt its presence as it was enough to surprise me as I approached the vehicle right before boarding. Although it kept the size of a standard kei-car, it uses a modulate design such as strong fenders that firmly overhang. I almost did not recognize it as a kei-car if twere it not for the yellow license plate.

The view from when one has actually boarded is also overflowing with feels of luxury. It is splendid to look at from every angle, such as around the transparent meter or around the three-dimensional steering. It really does not have the atmosphere of a kei-car.

It also has a high quality riding feel. It is equipped with a 64hp turbo engine. It has good compatibility with the CVT and it generates a strong torque when taking off. Its take off has a firm strength rather than feeling rash typical of other kei-cars. I found no cheapness on its intermediate acceleration either.

The engine as well as the worksmanship around the chassis were also excellent. All improvements were given in every possible way starting with the lightweight body frame and optimized suspension. The chassis has enough comfortability as the previous generation. However, the present model generates more efficiency. “More than anything, I felt a flat riding performance that is unlike that of a kei-car.”

The Idling Stop function is carried out before stopping the vehicle. Although the naturally aspirated engine stops from 11km/h, the turbo engine stops from 9km/h. You could almost not feel this 2km/h difference as long as you are riding it. The engine stopped before the car stopped completely as it decelerated towards a red light. However, It entered idling stop with a natural feel without much discomfort.

The feeling of unity is fairly high for the entire vehicle. Its dynamic force, handling, riding comfort, gas mileage, environmental-friendliness and all parts are combined at a high level. However, its price is 1,371,600 yen which is equivalent to that of a 1000cc vehicle. Even though it is affordable and has many equipment, it still received a variety of preferential treatments for kei-cars such as the tax. Although this is a happy thing, its benefits may elude it soon if these developments continue.

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

Yoichi Moroboshi | Motor Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at age 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)