This is a private sale, so tradein is not available
Low Mileage, Light on fuel, Tax E413, NCT MAY 2016, Beautiful condition, Lovely to drive, Spare wheel never used, Price E9,900ono |, ABS Brakes, Airbags, Air Conditioning, All electrics, Alloys, Car Alarm, Colour Coded Bumpers, Remote Central Locking, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Front Fog Lamps, Power Steering, Metallic Paint, Cd/Radio
Good body control
It’s a Toyota
Cute, quick, well made, well equipped.
Daft boot lid spare
Needs a diesel
Where’s the TD?
Some cheap bits
Small option list
Firm ride, slow steering, no ESP, no diesel.
The 2006 Daihatsu Terios is actually a reskinned, Japanese-only Toyota Rush. Why doesn’t Toyota bring this car in itself? It’s the best-looking thing they make - chunky and muscular with a cute face and pert proportions, the Terios is the best-looking small SUV on the market.
Despite the limited engine range, the engine that does power the Terios is peppy enough to make it feel quick: 0-100km/h in 12 seconds (12.2 with 4WD) and a top speed of 160km/h is most respectable in a small SUV.
Without standard ESP, Daihatsu dialled in a bit of understeer and made the steering rather slow to prevent over-enthusiastic drivers from turning it over. It’s still a nippy little SUV to drive and it doesn’t roll too much in corners either, but the upshot is a stiff and fidgety ride on rough roads.
Unsurprisingly, the Terios feels like a Toyota inside the cabin, looks and feels more upmarket, and the design and layout is much simpler and easier to use than in other models. Some minor controls require a glance downwards before using, but otherwise it’s a decent driving environment.
Being a Toyota, the Terios is very well made, uses much nicer materials than Daihatsu’s usual plastics, and is quieter and more refined on the move. It’s more sedate than its rivals from Hyundai and Kia, and also feels more robust.
All have front airbags, front seat belt pre-tensioners, three 3-point rear seat belts, three headrests in the rear and ISOFIX child-seat anchors. The 4WD model adds central differential lock (for off-roading) and traction-enhancing limited slip differential. ESP and curtain airbags aren’t offered.
It might look small, but the Terios is well able to swallow four adults and their luggage. Five might be pushing it, though, and there isn’t a huge amount of space for odds and ends in the cabin.
Compared to other off-roaders, the Terios is spanking value (it’s ten grand less than a Kia Sportage) but that’s mainly down to the use of a small petrol engine in lieu of a diesel. Running costs will be low, but we expect that resale won’t be as good as for other small off-roaders, sadly.
All Terios come with 14” alloy wheels, electric windows and mirrors, fog lamps and a CD player. A/C and side airbags are a combined option for only €850.
Only one engine is offered in the Terios, the 105bhp 1.5 litre from the old Toyota Yaris T-Sport. It’s a willing and zingy little unit that gives its all, but a diesel might be better suited to small SUV use, we feel.