January 2009 Issue
SR20 vs. DA40 Cirrus Prevails
Both the Cirrus SR20 and the Diamond DA40 are efficient, high-value choices in new aircraft, but Cirrus’ G3 delivers the best bang for the buck.
Cirrus Design and Diamond Aircraft Industries are success stories in this business because they took chances. Diamond’s DA20 opened the door for composite aircraft in certified, light GA, and then Cirrus’s SR20 and Diamond’s DA40 blew it wide open. But the first generation of both the SR20 and DA40 were just starting points. Cirrus is now on its third generation SR20 (G3) and Diamond has been selling its refined DA40 as the DA40 XLS and CS. Both aircraft make good choices if you’re looking for a new, budget, four-seat single. If you think "new" and "budget" shouldn’t rest in the same sentence, we hear you. But there are good arguments for buying new if you can, and not everyone in that category wants to drop half a million on a high-performance speed demon. We looked at the concept of budget from three angles: mission flexibility, aircraft efficiency and options to buy just what you need, but no more. In this hard light, the latest SR20 is tough to beat.
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