Daihatsu’s revised Charade city car is now on sale, offering improved handling and greater comfort.

Based on the previous 1.0 litre EL model, the range comprises a three or five-door manual or automatic starting at £6,460 on-the-road. The SL models have been dropped.

Standard equipment now includes air-conditioning, the interior trim is new and the front seats have been lengthened by 30 mm for improved support.

Also new is the front grille and bumper, while the suspension has been thoroughly revised with a front anti-roll bar and retuned dampers to reduce body roll and sharpen handling.

To further improve the Charade’s strong braking performance, the front discs are now ventilated.

As before, the anti-lock brakes (ABS) incorporate electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) which optimises braking force according to the weight distribution of passengers and luggage.

The Charade remains the UK’s most economical petrol-engined five-door with a CO2 reading of 114 g/km. This qualifies it for a £40 Road Fund Licence for 12 months.

Fuel economy is also exceptional at 68.9 mpg Extra Urban for the manual which also boasts a top speed of almost 100 mph. Apart from air-conditioning and ABS with EBD, all Charades come with driver and passenger airbags, electric front windows and door mirrors, central locking and a radio/CD player.

Like all current Daihatsus, the Charade offers customers the reassurance of a three year unlimited mileage warranty and roadside assistance plus a six year anti-perforation warranty.

The full Charade range is as follows:

Charade 1.0 litre 3-door Manual: £6,460.00 on-the-road

Charade 1.0 litre 3-door Automatic: £7,215.00 on-the-road

Charade 1.0 litre 5-door Manual: £6,960.00 on-the-road

Charade 1.0 litre 5-door Automatic: £7,715.00 on-the-road