Top Grade Daihatsu Move Canbus G Make Up SA II (2WD)

Daihatsu Move Canbus Test Drive: More Than Your Mother’s Minivan

There are plenty of drivers looking for cars with high roofs, those that want something stylish with sliding doors. Daihatsu addresses these and more with its new style wagon, the Move Canbus.

The two tone light blue and white body, which a fair number of you may associate with a certain automobile, myself included. But I also believe it is important to take a good thing and update it and rearrange it for the modern consumer, and I believe the Move Canbus embodies that mentality very well. In other words, I think that it would be a pity if this vehicle didn’t reach a broader demographic than the female-oriented marketing campaign, the workmanship is that good.

First off is the design. The interior and exterior are both quite stylish. The circular design motif could just be passed off as “cute,” but to me it felt like the mark of quality design. The balance the Canbus strikes between its height and width is excellent, and plated sections put to rest and sense of the car feeling cheap. You can choose colors to coordinate the exterior with the interior, and the meter panel was large and easy to read. Interior colors include mint, pink, and chocolat brown.

The sliding doors are easy to use, and while it does not share the pillar-less design of the Tanto, the opening is sufficiently wide, allowing for easy entry and exit. Especially from the driver’s seat, you don’t feel cut off from the rest of the vehicle, and the amount of storage the car allows for is a convenience so sweet you can’t go back once you’ve tried it. Some things left to be desired is that the overall design of the interior may feel mismatched with the navigation design. Other quips may include the air-conditioning panel lettering which I found difficult to read.

The storage boxes under the rear seat is well thought out, and as this allows for one to not simply store groceries on the floor of the back seat but allow for other passengers to sit in the back is certainly targeted at female drivers. Even if you use these boxes, you are still able to slide the rear seat around, a staple of excellent design.

On the other hand, with power sliding doors mounted to each side, the car exceeds 900 kg, 970 kg if you’re talking about the 4WD model. This, paired with a lack of turbo may provide insufficient for some drivers out there. However, this model improves on the linearity one feels when driving as opposed to earlier models as you step down on the accelerator. You can slam down on the gas, but if you accelerate gently it responds just as you’d expect it would. Slowly revving up from a steady pace inspires a greater sense of linearity, and feels much more natural than the current Move.

Lastly we have my particular favorite, the comfortable interior. The car feels sturdier, and seems perfectly suited to urban driving, and doesn’t feel at all like driving a puny little kei car. This is probably due to the car’s weight, but it’s a sense of comfort I always wished that the Tanto could achieve.

If you’re looking for clear-cut power from this car, you won’t find it. But, if driving and usability in an urban environment is high on your priorities, then in terms of comfort and convenience, then it would not be too much to say that this is king among the kei cars. The price reflects a lack of a turbo charged engine, and the highest end model with 2WD is a reasonable ¥1,544,400 ($15,000 USD). I recommend this vehicle to both my female readers out there as well as their male counterparts.

5 Star Rating
Package: 5/5 stars
Interior: 4/5 stars
Power: 3/5 stars
Footwork: 4/5 stars
Recommendation: 4/5 stars

Hajime Aida, AJAJ member
Born in 1956 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Aida graduated from the department of politics and economics at Meiji University. He was later employed in the editorial section of an automotive magazine, and has worked since 1986 as a freelance journalist. Primarily writing about car navigation systems and ITS, he also specializes in test driving and reviewing new cars.

[Translated by Bryce Clarke]