Daihatsu Cast Activa

Daihatsu Cast Activa Review: “The most comfortable among the three variants” by Naoto Shimazaki

The Daihatsu Cast was released with three variants. I was able to grab the chance to test drive those three variants, and as for me, this Activa was the most pleasant, and excellent among the three variants.

The reason for that is its pleasant riding feel. This may be just my personal opinion, but it has the best flexible and stable riding quality, and it is obviously evident compared to the two other variants. Its suspension has sufficient strokes, and its 165/60R15-sized tires also seem to contribute to a stable riding feel.

Furthermore, I could remember how gentle its steering feel and reassuring its stable body were as it took the force from the tires. In general, its overall balance is very favorable, and I was impressed by its high quality performance, to which I can compare with European A-segment vehicles.

As far as anyone is concerned, it is more enlivened with an interior, which is conspicuous about its material feel with its soft padding. For example, the Suzuki Hustler is a car whose padding you can enjoy casually, while you can enjoy a more normal riding feel in the Cast Activa. Even so, it has big difference in terms of design including its exterior appearance, just like how other automakers create and divide them to standard and custom parts. I think that it would be more natural if the difference among its characteristics would be more emphasized.

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)