Daihatsu Terios 7-Seater SX Grade Review
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Story by Azfar Hashim, pictures by M.H Sim
22 Jul 2008

It has often been asked - “why can’t they make a nice small SUV that we can all afford?” Well, now that could all change with this latest offering from Daihatsu


When you think about it, those no-compromise full-blown SUVs that cost as much as a decent flat are not terribly impressive. For manufacturers given the luxury of being able to charge whatever they want, coming up with something stunning ought to be easy.

Producing something good at a real world price is harder and hence more laudable. Into this category falls Giordano polo-t and the Honda Civic. Better still, how about a genuine and luxury good or indulgence for the sort of money you and I have? Ya-Kun’s ready made kaya in a jar for example. Or even the (sadly) discontinued Mitsubishi Pajero Mini.

This is what we want of the Daihatsu Terios 7. If it’s this affordable and very good, it will be the best thing to happen in bread-and-butter motoring – another option to look at now, in case you’re bored of the usual sedan crowd.

The Terios 7 shares the same outlook as the Terios / Rush we see everyday on the roads, but take a closer look and you’ll notice that the Terios 7 looks slightly elongated. Assembled in Daihatsu’s Indonesian plant, the Terios 7 has been extended some 315mm, so as to accommodate that much-needed extra row of seats. Suffice to say, Daihatsu did a good job with this one – at least it doesn’t look too extended and somewhat a botched job, like the case of the Estate version of Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class.

Daihatsu packaged the Terios 7 well enough to give it all the proper image - every Terios 7 comes with 16” rims wrapped in all-terrain 215/65 R-16 Dunlop rubbers, and this combo does a good job of occupying the tyre-well. Also coming standard from the factory are side-steps and that spare tyre compartment to add everything up and give it that rugged outlook.

There’s nothing to fault the Terios 7 in this particular department and in fact, it looks more purposeful than the Terios / Rush.


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Engine Capacity 1495cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10:1
Bore x Stroke (72 x 91.8)mm
Power 103bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 140Nm @ 4400rpm
Power to Weight 85.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 15.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 155 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4410 x 1695 x 1745) mm
Wheelbase 2685 mm
Turning Circle 5.1 metres
Kerb Weight 1210 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums