Added: 2nd of November 2022
I have owned and driven my current Terios for 16 years, with little or no issues to report. I am living in the country with roads that are not very good in certain areas, but I find the Terios is well capable of handling these poorly maintained parts of the road. I'm a slow driver generally and I find that this vehicle is very suitable for my style of driving. With current petrol prices, the cost can be a bit high, but for me, it's normally about €40 per my weekly journeys, which is not too bad. Generally, I find the Terios and all of Daihatsu's vehicles very good indeed, and will stay with this car brand for the long term. Well done Daihatsu !
Added: 2nd of June 2022
The combination of its weight and 4 wheel drive give this car a performance in snow equivalent to a Range Rover I know I’ve had both. My wife has a Mercedes clk and we live in the country and when it snows her CLK says ‘sorry I don’t do snow’ the terios drives like there is none there. We regularly buy automatic models ( they are like hens teeth) 2nd hand any mileage and use them as the best country runabout ever. With 5 doors, a ton of space with the back seats folded down, aircon, automatic, seats 5, and parks in the tightest spaces. I strongly challenge the write up describing it as a city 4x4, in fact it’s the best country vehicle you could buy it performs great off road ask Clarkson he chaised foxs in one.
Added: 8th of November 2021
My Wife purchased her Daihatsu Terios Automatic 4x4 just over 3 months ago and is very delighted with it. An underrated vehicle for it's compact size and capabilities. It is very good on fuel ( petrol ) Automatic gearbox very smooth and as nippy as you want it to be. Having spoken to a number of Terios owners they also highly recommend them. We find it very comfortable, love the large electric mirrors, good all round vision, Air-con and heater/cold air controls are perfect and not too noisy. Excellent audio system. One very small fault overlooked on purchase was the rear back door stay mechanism was missing! Have been told a common fault in it's design and fragility! Efficient brakes, Reliable Toyota mechanics. Waiting on the 4x4 system when we experience driving it on snow and icy roads. All in all I recommend this vehicle to anyone who may be considering the purchase of the same vehicle.
Added: 21st of February 2021
It’s reliable, good on gas and ez to maintain , my only problem is the a/c but I’m having that fix , but so far for the 2 years I had it, it’s wonderful I even try pulling out my boss Ford ranger 4x4 out of the mud cause a Chevy Colorado could not get it out all it was doin was sinking in the mud....great vehicle for any young small family start up or any one who need roomy space to carry stuff
Added: 17th of September 2019
Owned terios sx since new in 2009. Never let me down (yet!) used everyday pretty much. Easy to get in and out. Feels totally safe on our bad roads whatever time of year. Mines the mk2 so permanent 4 wheel drive. A lot more room than originally thought as the wheels are in each corner with minimal overhangs. So pretty good off road and find it good on fuel. Unless in traffic then not so good. But what car is ? Shame they stopped importing these as wouldn't hesitate to buy another new one. It's perfect for what I want. 10 years old now and one set front disc. 3 sets brake pads 2 sets rear brake shoes and a new battery 4 years ago. 98,000 miles trouble free motoring so very pleased.
Added: 23rd of August 2019
These are very well made reliable and practical vehicles. I have owned mine for 3 months. Bought with 170000kms on the clock and it has not missed a beat. The only fault in its extensive Irish annual road worthy test was a headlight bulb I should have checked and replaced prior. It's the 4x2 option and is economical to run. Great car.
Added: 11th of October 2016
Despite many negative comments from motoring journalists, the Terios is a great vehicle. It is very comfortable, practical and, although modest in size, roomy and a good load carrier/ towing vehicle. I bought mine second had with 89000 miles on the clock and it drives like new. The only fault I have had is with the rear door stay which came detached and had to be welded. I use it for both off road and long distance driving and, while it is clearly not a sports car, find it good for both. The automatic box is very smooth. I recommend it to anyone who wants a very practical vehicle and does not worry about image.
Added: 11th of October 2016
I am on my second Diahatsu Terios because I think it is a great small car for a senior citizen to drive locally. I am tall (5ft 8ins) and even with my hair up I still have head room. I have a bad back and is the right height for me to slide into the car without discomfort. I live on a hill so in icy conditions it is great to know that I can flip a switch and it goes into 4 wheel drive so that I can to and from my house without issue. It is reasonably economical and very reliable. The manual is easy to follow so I can maintain items under the bottom - oil, brake fluid, windscreen washer, coolant etc. I mainly use it for going to/from work, shopping, taking the grandchildren out and driving locally. I take it on long journeys (2-3hrs) about 4 times per year, fully laden with son/grandchildren and baggage and it has not let me down, although the comfort for all passengers is reduced. The only issue I have with it, is the drivers electric window mechanism is not very sturdy and I have had to replace the unit twice in the past - It would also be nice to have electric heated seats.
Added: 12th of October 2013
. . . I wonder how much longer I'll be able to afford it. Road tax is £245 and because it's permanent four-wheel drive, it guzzles petrol like there's no tomorrow and struggles to go up hills - there really isn't a lot of oomph to it, although it trundles along the motorway okay. Another negative is that it's a bit noisy inside the cabin. However, it's perfect for my needs and I feel safe and secure in it. There is ample room in the back for my two beagles or my mother's (folded) wheelchair and I really like the high driving position. It looks a lot bigger than it really is; with the same size chassis as a VW Golf and a small turning circle it's easy to park. I also love its chunky looks. I'm currently paying £170 a year for fully comp insurance. I like the chunky controls for the heating and A/C and I also like the general appearance of the entire dash. I am thinking of changing it for something cheaper to run and with a bit more acceleration, but really can't bear to part with it!
Added: 11th of October 2013
I am tall and have back problems so this car is high off the ground which suits me. Its a 4x4 at the press of a switch so in heavy snow or ice (I live on a hill) it proves invaluable - not many times a year but brilliant when needed. Narrow and compact car - most of the time its only me in the vehicle but when I need to take the 3 grandchildren out at weekends its perfect. Seats fold down so makes loads of space to transport items to the tip or collect white goods from the shops. This is my 2nd Terios and both have been reliable and economical to run.