Used Daihatsu Materia cars for sale

internal.raccars.co.uk currently have 7 used Daihatsu Materia cars for sale

Daihatsu Materia

1.5 16v 5dr

£2,695
2008(08)
 
 
  • 100,211
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.5L
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Daihatsu Materia

1.5 5dr Automatic

 
£3,495
2007(57)
£56.88 per month
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  • 63,700
  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 1.5L
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Daihatsu Materia

1.5 16V 5d 103 BHP 5-Door

 
£3,490
2009(09)
£56.76 per month
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  • 34,000
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.5L
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Daihatsu Materia

1.5 5dr

 
£3,750
2009(09)
£62.69 per month
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  • 33,880
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.5L
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Daihatsu Materia

1.5 16v 5dr Automatic

£3,995
2009(09)
£68.28 per month
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  • 91,100
  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 1.5L
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Daihatsu Materia

1.5 5dr Only 39,661 Miles With Service History

 
£3,895
2008(08)
£66.00 per month
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  • 33,691
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.5L
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Daihatsu Materia

1.5 5dr

£2,595
2008(08)
 
 
  • 51,000
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.5L
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Used Daihatsu Materia

A history lesson…

All car designers know that the most efficient shape to maximise space in a small car is that of a box. Very few though have had the courage to stick some wheels on a box and call it a car. Clearly the Daihatsu designers are very brave indeed. In fact we have the Toyota designers to thank because the Materia is essentially a re-badged version of a Toyota model. Released in the UK in 2007, the Materia sold in numbers best described as a cult following until Daihatsu pulled the plug on the Materia in 2011. For once this withdrawal was not due to poor sales or a replacement model. Instead, it was down to the vagaries of currency exchange rates. The yen's strength against the pound made it an uneconomic proposition to sell the car in the UK at a competitive price and still make a profit and so the little Materia disappeared from the showrooms. 
 
Bang for your buck
 
The first thing that hits you, not literally hopefully, is the brick-like design of the Materia. Instead of being ugly however, the design is actually bold and striking. The severe lines and aggressively flared wheel arches give it a confident, modern stance which is enhanced by a high window line and squat, low slung appearance. Inside it is clear that the cabin has benefited from lessons on finish from Daihatsu's Japanese owners, Toyota. The Materia's designers have clearly been rootling around in the Japanese manufacturer's parts bin and although not quite as polished as Toyota, the interior is happily free of the scratchy plastics and cheap-looking switchgear common on earlier models. The boxy design works wonders for interior space and the car's versatility is enhanced by a high roof line and rear seats which can be moved back and forth depending on the need for boot capacity against rear passenger leg room. These rear seats also fold flat for even more luggage capacity and can be reclined to accommodate sleeping children. Edgy blue lighting in door pockets and around stereos adds to the car's funky look and feel. Unusually, the car came in just a single trim level, with metallic paint being the only factory-fitted option available. That standard trim is good though, with air-conditioning, CD player with MP3 jack, remote central locking, split folding rear seat, alloy wheels and front fog lamps. Safety equipment is also good with twin front and side airbags, ABS and EBD.
 
What you'll pay
 
A 07-plate 2007 model should cost around £5,000 rising to £5,500 for low mileage models. Automatics will cost £250 more. Around £6,750 will net you a 09 manual car.
 
What to check
 
The Materia's Toyota mechanicals and engine are solid and you should be on firm ground here. The cars do tend to have been sold to families, so check for wear and tear in the cabin and ensure the rear seat mechanism is sound. The high rear window can make parking a little tricky so have a look at the rear for parking damage. The Materias were sold with a five year unlimited mileage warranty, so there's no reason why they should not have been perfectly maintained. 
 
Parts
 
On a 2008 used Daihatsu Materia 1.5, a clutch assembly will cost £130, while an exhaust system is a shade under £180. Front brake pads are a little over £40 and replacement headlamps cost £95 each.
 
How it drives
 
Look under the bonnet of the Daihatsu Materia and you will find the same 1.5 litre petrol engine that is used on the Toyota Yaris. It is a proven and capable unit, developing 102bhp and will take you from rest to 60mph in a perfectly respectable 10.8 seconds in a manual car or 13.7 seconds in the automatic. Top speed is 106mph. The engine is refined at more sensible speeds and delivers its power smoothly. The ride has been altered to suit European tastes and Daihatsu has added a front anti-roll bar and the springs and dampers have been stiffened. Steering is standard rack and pinion and is power assisted which helps you make the most of that tight 9.8 metre turning circle. Never too popular as a new car, there is no reason why a sensibly priced used Materia won't make a sound and eye-catching second hand purchase.

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