The Terios is cheap to buy and run compared with other 4x4s. It's also practical.
It suffers from a firm low-speed ride and a noisy engine. The cheapest model is not provided with alloy wheels as standard.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Daihatsu Terios 4x4 performance
The 103bhp, 1.5-litre petrol provides adequate pace, if you’re prepared to work it hard. Keep your right foot planted and the acceleration is brisk enough for most needs, but heavier loads and inclines tax it to the full. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, or you can have a four-speed automatic gearbox that blunts acceleration.
Daihatsu Terios 4x4 ride & handling
The Terios is one of the smallest 4x4s around, so it doesn’t have the bulk that make some larger rivals cumbersome. A tight turning circle and decent body control make it reasonably nimble and easy to park, but the ride is firm around town and the steering is short on feel.
Daihatsu Terios 4x4 refinement
Push the Terios’ engine hard – as you often have to – and it becomes loud and rather rough. At motorway speed there’s a steady drone and also some wind noise, but it’s not too intrusive and road roar isn’t a problem. The gearshift is accurate, if a touch rubbery.