|Body style(s)||5-door hatchback|
|Layout||FF layout, 4WD|
|Engine(s)||658 cc petrol|
|Transmission(s)||3 speed automatic|
4 speed automatic
5 speed manual
|Wheelbase||2390 mm (94.1 in)|
|Length||3395 mm (133.7 in)|
|Width||1475 mm (58.1 in)|
|Height||1470 mm (57.9 in)|
|Curb weight||700 kg (1543 lb)-780 kg (1720 lb)|
|Fuel capacity||36 litres (9.5 US gal; 7.9 imp gal)|
The Daihatsu Esse is a Japanese kei car launched in December 2005, that at launch was the cheapest new car in Japan. Its current price range is ¥682,500 - ¥1,123,500. It has 4 seats and a 658 cc engine.
According to Daihatsu, Esse means 'Eco, Smart, Simple & Easy'
It is available as a 5-door hatchback in 2 distinct styles - Esse or Esse Custom.
Esse is available as Eco, D, L, and X in FWD and 4WD. Esse Custom was added in November 2006 and is available as Custom and Custom 4WD.
Its main rivals are the Suzuki Alto, Subaru R1, Mitsubishi eK and Subaru Pleo.