Daihatsu Esse

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Daihatsu Esse
Daihatsu Esse 2005 1.jpg
Manufacturer Daihatsu
Production 2005–2011
Body and chassis
Class Kei car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel-drive
Related Daihatsu Copen
Daihatsu Mira
Daihatsu Move
Daihatsu Sonica
Daihatsu Tanto
Engine 658 cc I3 (petrol)
Transmission 4-speed manual
5-speed automatic
3-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,390 mm (94.1 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,470 mm (57.9 in)
Curb weight 700–780 kg (1,540–1,720 lb)
Predecessor Daihatsu Opti
Daihatsu Max
Successor Daihatsu Mira
Daihatsu Esse rear

The Daihatsu Esse is a Japanese kei car launched in December 2005, that at launch was the cheapest new car in Japan. Its former price range was ¥682,500 - ¥1,123,500. It has four seats and a 658 cc (40 cubic inch) engine.[1]


According to Daihatsu, Esse means "Eco, Smart, Simple & Easy".

It was available as a 5-door hatchback in two distinct styles - Esse or Esse Custom.

Esse was available as Eco, D, L, and X in FWD and 4WD.

Esse Custom was added in November 2006 and was available as Custom and Custom 4WD.

Its main rivals were the Suzuki Alto, Subaru R1, Mitsubishi eK and Subaru Pleo.

Production ended in September 2011 and it was replaced by the Daihatsu Mira compact car.


  1. ^ "Daihatsu Esse" (in Japanese). Carview.co.jp. Archived from the original on October 3, 2010. 

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