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Daihatsu Terios: The Most Suitable Car For Your Family


Dahiatsu Terios is quite a fun car with a certain toy-like charm to its appearance, and it is reasonably solidly constructed. The other thing going for it is that it’s cheap to buy. The Daihatsu Terios is very compact, as off-roaders go, and it can handle some mildly rough terrain; it’s suitable for those living in inaccessible areas or who have to deal with severe weather conditions, and it’s cheaper to run than most other 4x4s.

Daihatsu Terios: Wonderful And Suitable Car For Family


The clean, simple lines of the Daihatsu Terios look equally at home on city roads and country lanes. It’s ride and handling are just as suited to motorway cruising as to the occasional excursion along muddy tracks. There are three models to choose from: the Daihatsu Terios S, the SX and SE Automatic – all designed to make your life easier, but each with its own distinctive styling to make your choice a difficult one. Although compact in overall length, the wheelbase on the new Daihatsu Terios is roughly the same as its bigger competitors. This, together with its little engine compartment and short overhangs, results in the best possible interior space in the little possible body. The design has some other key benefits too. The long wheelbase assures that the ride is swift and offers extra stability.

Dahiatsu Terios


Just settle down in the driver’s seat. Look at that panoramic view of the world that the high seating position gives you. Not only can you enjoy a superior view of the landscape, but with this enhanced visibility you have more time to react and take control. Adjust the driver’s seat to exactly the right angle to get a comfortable position for your arms and legs. Pump the height adjuster to get really comfortable and then raise or lower the steering column to finalise your driving position to the most comfortable possible.Now adjust the height of the front safety belt for comfort and safety and you are finished. Now you have control. One look tells you that the interior is short of nothing. The instrument panel combines perfect looks with functional practicality. The integral flush-fitting RDS radio with CD player is simply to operate, thanks to large user-friendly controls. Three large push-and-rotate control knobs for the ventilation and air conditioning, temperature and fan make controlling the climate in the cabin easy. The instrument cluster, divided into 3 segments, houses the tachometer, fuel gauge and speedometer. An unusual feature is that the instrument panel has edge lighting so that it is illuminated even when the headlights are off. This means that when going through heavy shadow or dark tunnels your instruments are alwayseasy to read. The instrument panel also has a warning light to remind you when the headlights or sidelights are turned on.

On the road:

Don’t expect much from the modestly-powered, high-riding Terios. It does cope with everyday road conditions reasonably well, but a similarly-priced small family car or even supermini will be noticeably more pleasant to the drive, especially on the motorway.


There is only one engine available, a 1.5-litre petrol with 105bhp. The Daihatsu Terios is reasonably heavy, so don’t expect any fireworks when you put your foot down: it takes over 12 seconds to get to 60mph from rest (14 if you opt for the automatic gearbox). The car feels underpowered for motorway use and overtaking is very difficult unless you are really prepared to work the gearbox. The latter activity is rendered tricky by rather notchy gear selection – engaging reverse results in a nasty graunching sound. The gear ratios themselves are rather low so the engine feels rather noisy and high-revving at cruising speeds.


Safety is a major factor in the development of every vehicle in the Daihatsu range. The Daihatsu Terios takes this commitmentto new heights. With its advanced permanent 4 wheel drive system, you’re guaranteed a safe and secure drive in almost any conditions. So whether it’s slippery roads, descents or steep climbs, ice and snow or a torrential downpour, the Daihatsu Terios takes everythingin its stride to give you a safe driving experience. Its 4 wheel drive system also features a lockable centre differential – so in the unlikely event that you need extra traction, you’ve got it. Stopping safely and quickly can sometimes stop an accident happening. So the Daihatsu Terios has Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Brake Assist for more powerful braking, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution to direct the braking power where it’s needed most.

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