The Daihatsu Terios was a strange mixture for me. I liked driving the Terios, even though it didn’t make sense. I think a normal 5 seater setup would have worked better in the Terios, as the 7 seats also mean that there is limited boot space. The layout of the seats was good and it was all in all easy to use in practise, and certainly makes the Terios versatile.
The engine seems too small for a 7 seater, although it wasn’t really sluggish, but somehow the 7 seats seemed a bit much for what is essentially a medium sized car. The acceleration was placid as opposed to perky, although it wasn’t exactly slow. The 1.5 litre engine did handle things well but I’d want a bigger engine in a car expected to carry seven adults. The interior is neat and tidy, if a little barren. Having said that, everything you need is laid out as it should be.
It would be an excellent starter family car and for the price you get a lot of room. It enters a competitive market segment and somewhat struggles to make the space its own. The Terios is a comfortable drive, and on a visit to my friend’s farm in the sticks near Lanseria, it handled the uneven terrain well albeit with a bit of body roll when you get going. It is hardly quick but consumption is better than average for a family carrier. I did expect the Terios to be a bit more quirky and have more personality, but unfortunately it was a little bland.
I was impressed that it has full time 4×4 and it actually worked very well. I think this did unfortunately add to the car’s fuel consumption figures, but it’s a compromise that I think is worthwhile. It doesn’t have all the safety features that you will get in some of the other vehicles in its class, but it does have basic airbags, ABS braking and so on. With the Terios being aimed at the family vehicle market, I feel the lack of safety features is an issue and this could see it lose out to some more expensive competitors. It still has a place in the market, though, and I think the Terios is good little SUV. It would be a perfect starter family vehicle for a young family. It has bundles of space, cheap to run and well uncomplicated all in all. I do feel however that the seats in the rear take away from the boot space.
Specs worth noting:
- Price: R245,995.00
- Low Range: No
- Diff Lock: Yes
- Full Time 4×4: Yes
- Gearbox Details: 5-speed Manual
- Power Output: 77kw@6000rpm
- Torque: 140nm@4400rpm
- Air Conditioner: Yes
- Air Bag: Driver and Passenger
- Power Steering: Yes
- Side Impact Protection: Yes
- Brakes: ABS, EBD and BAS
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