The Cast Activa's highest grade G Turbo SA2

Daihatsu Cast Review: “It has a no-holds-barred downsizing” by Hajime Aida

The Daihatsu Cast is a new model that was launched with three variants. Since the Cast was based on the Move, it has a steady performance and complete equipment. With this arrangement, people who switch down from compact cars will be very satisfied with its components.

They did not start aiming to make efforts in downsizing kei cars in line with the demands of the users just now. And with the completion of trustworthy equipment, it’s not that bad if we compare it to luxury cars, as many of its equipped parts have exceeded that level of quality. However, in terms of practicality and quality, there are still many points which cannot be achieved by a compact car yet. But the Cast has thoroughly pursued this aspect.

What surprised me when I opened the door was its high-quality craftsmanship. I test drove the G Turbo SA2 grade of the Activa and it has very excellent quality.
Its seat cover and door trim was matched with a dimple border at the center for its full fabric materials. Further, you can also choose a prime interior that would make you think that it’s real leather, as an option. This type of setting has completely exceeded the range of compact cars.

Its dashboard still remains the same with its hard plastic material, but it doesn’t look cheap at all. Its real leather steering wheel cover also feels great, and it also has silver material added to it. The parts that surround the car navigation system were also coated in Piano Black, so it really has high quality. Moreover, when you look at the ceiling, there’s an accessory case with the spot lamp where you can put your sunglasses.

And you can’t definitely miss out on its anti-glare rear view mirror. This equipment is common for compact cars but it’s actually rare for kei cars. Since this car is equipped with a monitor function inside the mirror, it has an added automatic anti-glare function, which is not equipped in other cars. Daihatsu says that they (the developer) adopted valuable equipment for the Cast despite its casual design.

Its Warm Pack that can be equipped as an option is also very cost-efficient. Even though it’s a 2WD type of car, its driver seat is outfitted with a seat heater and both sides of the door mirror also have heaters, but the lower part of its front window is also equipped with a de-icer. Moreover, its rear part is also equipped with a duct heater. Daihatsu started supporting this kind of development from the all-new Move, so I also want them to continue developing other models with this kind of setting.

My birthplace was in the Northern Kanto Region. Even though the snow doesn’t fall in that place, I’ve been experiencing extreme coldness like in the winter season there since I was little. When you park a car outdoors for the whole night, its front windshield as well as its mirrors would be completely frozen. However, there are many 4WD Japanese cars with this kind of setting. Even though it doesn’t snow in some places, I want the developers and the developing group of Japanese automobile companies to realize that there are many cold places in the country.

If you insist to the owners that ‘this is just a kei car’, I think there would be very few people who would seriously think about downsizing to this model. Because of that, the Cast can be a car where we can remove the ‘kei car = second car’ mind set. The Cast is also equipped with the Smart Assist 2, which is a safety camera to support its collision brake function. As for its performance, the Activa has full strokes so it generates a comfortable driving experience.

Even if you downsize to the Cast, its high quality equipment doesn’t make you feel that you did. I also want its steering wheel to have a telescopic function added to it.

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

Hajime Aida | AJAJ Member

Born in 1956 in Ibaraki Prefecture. Graduated from the School of Political Science and Economics in Meiji University. After graduating from the university, he became a member of an automotive journal and started working freelance in 1986. He expanded his writing profession particularly to car navigation and ITS fields, as well as writing reviews about new cars. He contributes write-ups with substantial advice about purchasing cars.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)