Daihatsu Copen Cero

Daihatsu Copen Cero Review: “A satisfying exterior, and its exclusive details” by Naoto Shimazaki

The third model of Copen, the Cero, was finally launched in the market. I rushed into the area of coverage when I was told about a full-scale car. Then I saw it—a full-scale car that looks gratifying (in my own opinion) lined up in the area.

Even though it doesn’t have an image similar to the previous generation model, its simple style, having a round front and rear lamps, made it look slender to me. Its door panel is similar to the Robe’s; its entire body’s soothing feel is expectedly great.

I also found some exclusive details in its interior. First, the side panels were expanded towards the left and right areas around the air vent of the center instrument panel, which was designed to embed the nozzle inside it. Another one is in the speedometer. Its black surface was topped with white elements and scales, including the needle, and its surrounding bezel part is silver, a design that’s exclusive for the Cero. Of course, it has the most orthodox design among the series.

Its running performance also follows that of the two previous models. As I test drove this model within a short time, I discovered that it has an option where you can equip it with BBS wheels, and whether you open or close its roof, it can produce a calm riding feel. It produces a naturally high power performance which makes you feel its gradually intensifying power. Even after the Honda S660 was introduced in the market, this model’s driving feel (and its guaranteed efficient trunk) will be your justification in choosing it over the former.

Moreover, it allows a mechanism where you can seemingly switch from the Robe to the Cero for approximately 350,000 yen. In that case, since its door and locker panel will be altered, Daihatsu is considering changing its color to liquid silver metallic, a color that’s exclusively designed for the Robe.

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 Claire Marie Sausora)