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£7,995 YRV, Plus 5 Year Warranty from Daihatsu

Sat, 30 Jun 2001
Daihatsu has launched a cut-price YRV to be called the Radical. This 5 door 'Young Recreational Vehicle' tall supermini still has power steering, twin airbags, radio cassette player, rear wash/wipe, rev counter, electric front windows and 1.3 litre engine (see car by car breakdown). But loses central locking, rear head restraints, electric body-colour mirrors and sports steering wheel which are included in the £8,495 Radical2.

Both Radical models also lose electric rear windows, split sliding and folding rear sear, body colour door handles and side skirts still included in the £9,440 base model YRV.

The YRV Premium model at £10,440 also has air-conditioning, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution and radio CD, together with the option of Steershift F-Speed automatic (which needs to be switched on with a dashboard button). Included in the prices of the Premium and F-Speed only is a fantastic five year bumper to bumper unlimited mileage warranty, five years roadside assistance, five years free servicing and either a £1,000 cashback or 0% finance. (This makes it a bit difficult to understand why anyone would even consider the £9,440 base model.)

New top model is the YRV 4trak at £10,995. This comes with a very efficient part-time four-wheel-drive system and larger 15 inch alloy wheels with 185/55 Continental Premium Contact tyres. Top speed is only slightly blunted from 109mph to 107mph and 0-60 acceleration from 10.3 seconds to 11.1 seconds.

All YRVs qualify for £100pa VED.

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