Daihatsu Cast Style

Daihatsu Cast Review: “Creating high grade kei cars, as expected from Daihatsu” by Yoichi Moroboshi

This is Daihatsu’s new kei car, the Cast. Among the three variants of the Cast, the Style is a luxury car-oriented model.

Its exterior, which was arranged with metallic parts, particularly the grilles and backdoor embellishments, overflows with brightness. It gives off an impression that it would attract young female customers. Moreover, the unit that I test drove had a Design Film Top. This two-tone styling was made by pasting a three-dimensional processed film wrapping on the roof part, thus making for an exciting exterior.

It has the same platform with the Move, but it doesn’t feel like a tall wagon.
Although it’s tagged as SUV, it doesn’t feel like an SUV. It felt like the Mira luxury car. The unit that I test drove was equipped with a naturally aspirated (NA) engine that outputs 52hp. Its acceleration doesn’t feel powerful, but it feels like it is just enough when you’re driving it normally. I didn’t feel much dissatisfaction when I drove it on public highways and hilly areas.

If you consider its 1,600mm overall height, it only has slight rolling when you’re cornering, which makes it highly stable. The Style adopts 165/55R15-sized tires, so its tires are lower and more oblate than the Activa. Therefore, it is more stable when cornering. On the contrary, its riding quality slightly drops.

Nevertheless, Daihatsu is excellent for making this type of kei car. It amazingly controls slight vibration occurrences, so it really has high quality. When you’re confused as to whether to get a car with 1,000cc engine, or a kei car, you would probably get attached to kei cars when you ride the Cast. Actually, Daihatsu has achieved four times more orders (for all of the Cast’s variants) than their initial goal of 20,000 units after a month from its release in the market.

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

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist
He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He 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 Claire Marie Sausora)