Used Daihatsu Terios 1997 - 2006 review

Category: Small SUV

Section: What is it like?

1997 - 2006 review
Daihatsu Terios (97 - 06)
  • Daihatsu Terios (97 - 06)
  • Daihatsu Terios (97 - 06)
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What's the used Daihatsu Terios 4x4 like?

In theory, the Terios sounds sensible: real off-road style in a city-friendly package. And, while that much is true, it falls down in many important areas.

For a start, its size is a problem - the cabin is horribly narrow, and two people next to each other can't help but rub shoulders. To make matters worse, the boot is tiny. So, if you want to carry anything of any size, you need to fold down one of the rear seats, making the car a three-seater.

If you thought that was bad, things get even worse when you start driving. Performance is pedestrian; the ride is dreadfully choppy on anything other than a perfectly smooth road and the combined assault of road, wind and tyre noise makes long-distance, high-speed trips hard to bear. A small consolation is a tight turning circle and some ability off-road.