Daihatsu Cast Style X "SA II"

Daihatsu Cast Review: “Its high quality interior is comfortable” by Naoto Shimazaki

I test drove the Style, one of the three variants of the Daihatsu Cast. It’s probably more feminine than the Activa and the Sport, and it gives off a feeling that you can drive this car regularly.

The first thing I noticed when I rode this model is that it has very high quality. Specifically, the silver design around its instrument panel polishes the surface with its glossier appearance, making for an authentic material feel.

Moreover, the small and fussy design of its door trim, which is common in kei cars, makes for more space, which is different from the usual. Its backdoor is made of resin materials, and when I looked at its interior mirror, I didn’t notice the plating of its body color as it looked like a resin-type indoor trim; hence, this also adds to its high quality.

It has ample interior space. Particularly, it has a wide backseat, and its luggage space also has a practical capacity.

Its two-toned roof on its exterior part makes for originality. However, I thought that it would be better if this car’s body color is monotone and its basically great figure would be more expressed if its appearance was plain and simple.

Its performance is normal. The model I test drove has a 2WD setting and NA engine (CVT), but its power performance is mainly generated on the suspension when driving in town. Nonetheless, it has great mileage, and when I needed to drive in the highway while test driving this model, its fuel consumption was 25.7km/L.

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)