Used Daihatsu Terios 1997 - 2006 review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2006 review
Daihatsu Terios (97 - 06)
  • Daihatsu Terios (97 - 06)
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Our recommendations

Which used Daihatsu Terios 4x4 should I buy?

Throughout the Terios' life, it only ever had one engine. Originally, it used a 1.3-litre unit from the Charade supermini, but after the October 2000 (00/X-reg) face-lift, it was replaced by a new 1.3, based on the Toyota Yaris'. While it's still no ball of fire, it's far more refined, stronger and a little more economical.

Before the face-lift, there were just two trim levels: Terios and Terios +, and we'd stick with the cheaper, basic car, although the air-con, alloys and extra safety on the Terios + may be tempting. However, if you're buying a 2000 car, check the equipment carefully. From January 2000 to the face-lift, air-con became just an option on the Terios +.

After the face-lift, the trims were base E, EL and SL, and we prefer the middle option. The range reverted to two models - Tracker and Sport - in April 2003.