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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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1998. - 2003.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1996. - 2002.
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

3410 mm
1475 mm
1420 mm
155 liters
840 liters
40 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3815 mm
1650 mm
1535 mm
330 liters
679 liters
43 liters
1998 Daihatsu Cuore
1996 Mazda Demio

Engine

Daihatsu
1.0 EJ-DE
Petrol
3 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
989 cc
58 hp
91 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mazda
1.3 B3E
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1324 cc
63 hp
99 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
715 kg
12.8 s
140 km/h
6.4 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
124 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
930 kg
14.0 s
151 km/h
8.7 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
167 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 3 gears
725 kg
15.9 s
140 km/h
7.7 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
157 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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km/h
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Expenses

600 EUR
Price from
1300 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the city car segment and utilize the same 5-door hatchback body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Daihatsu-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 3-cylinder, 12-valves 58hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 63hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

Unfortunatelly, neither of the two vehicles was submitted to the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. This makes it virtually impossible for me to pick one over the other and I'm generally against buying such cars as the safety should really always come first. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Demio offers a potentially life-saving difference of 30% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Daihatsu does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Daihatsu with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Mazda badge with 4.5 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Cuore as average reliability-wise, and Demio is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Cuore rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Daihatsu is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.2 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 140 kilometers per hour, 11km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Cuore, averaging around 5.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (55 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 37% difference compared to Demio.


Verdict

Mazda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Demio offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Daihatsu being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Daihatsu. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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