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Daihatsu Terios Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

Daihatsu Terios Review Australia


Daihatsu is the name of the globally acknowledged Japanese automobile industry. It has been providing us a comfortable ride for decades. Daihatsu Terios is one of its incredible products. First introduced in 1997, it continued to get upgrades in the motor system, engine, speed, interior, and layout till 2017. With every advancement, the car has been made more admirable, impressive, and efficient. If you have a big family, this mini SUV will be quite a perfect fit. Besides space, if you are looking for an economical car, it will provide you an amazing fuel consumption rate with the torquey engine, as well. It seems pretty impossible to look away and be not impressed by its outstanding exterior.


Daihatsu Terios Review Australia

Soft-felt cloth trimmed interior, powerful turbocharged engines and chassis extra durability at a reasonable price are some of the reasons that make Daihatsu Terios 4x4 stand out. It is available in three generations:

 ✓ 1997 to 2005 - First generation, generally used code names are J100 and F500.

 ✓ 2006 to 2016 - The second generation, generally used code names are J200 and F700.

 ✓ 2017 - The third generation, generally used code names are F800 and F850.


Well, if you need something extra, you can get yourself a special Australian made limited edition sports series. The vehicles of 1st and 2nd generations are offered in two options including RWD and 4WD. But, the 3rd generation is made RWD with a longer wheelbase. Average fuel consumption for Terios is noted as 26 mpg.



Every Daihatsu Terios has a front-engine offering stable control over speed. While driving, you can feel the gushing power of petrol turbocharged engines complemented with a smoother gearshift.


The 1st generation

The major upgrade is its aspirated 1.3L DOHC 4-cyl engine. Although it runs on petrol, it will not give you a tough time. If you are concerned about its fuel tank capacity, don’t worry because it has enough to take you on the pleasing long rides, with its 46L capacity. Another reason behind its firm ride, better speed, and steering handling is the up-scale suspension setup. It has responsive and adaptive suspensions complemented with adjustable coil rings, bars, and fast-acting stabilizers. Regardless of what you prefer, either manual or automatic mode, it will provide you both, 5-speed manual and 4-speed auto.


 ✓ J100G models of 1997-1999 with 4WD are equipped with 1.3L HC-EJ, I4, SOHC engine of 1295 CC. It produces a maximum power of 65 kW

 ✓ J102G models of 2000-2004 with 4WD are equipped to have two options of engine. Choose what you like to drive! One available setup is 1.3L is K3-VE, I4, DOHC engine of 1297 CC, bringing the power of 68 kW. The second option is 1.3L is a K3-VET, I4, DOHC engine of similar CC size but enhanced power. This turbocharged engine gives you 103 kW power.

 ✓ J122G models of 2000-2004 with 2WD are equipped with two setups of choice. If you like to maintain a sustaining long ride, go for K3-VE. But, if you are looking for a little thrill, or you like accelerated speeds, choose K3-VET. 


Indonesian trims

The most remarkable engines are reserved in only Indonesia-built models. They are more in engine size, carburetors, and speed. HD-E petrol engines have electronic fuel injection which makes them more suitable. F520RV is the most preferable option to choose because of its upgraded motor system. It comes with easy acceleration.


 ✓ F500RV models of 1999-2001 features 1.5-liters HD-C, I4 engine capable of offering 70 kW power

 ✓ F520RV models of 1999-2001 features 1.5-liters HD-E-EFI SOHC engine capable of offering 76 kW power

 ✓ F501RV / F521RV models of 2001-2006 features 1.6-liters, I4, HE-E-EFI SOHC engine capable of offering 73 kW


The 2nd generation

Are you interested in buying a 2nd generation SUV of the Daihatsu Terios range? Look no further and choose out of two wonderful options, Daihatsu Be‣go and another variant called Toyota Rush (1st generation). But, wait, it might make you feel the same as their mechanics are not upgraded significantly. They come with the selection of:

 ✓ 1.3L K3-VE I4 (68 kW)

 ✓ 1.5L 3SZ-VE I4 (80 kW)


The models featuring 1.5L K3-VE have 2WD and 4WD. In Terios, it's always the 4WD setup, but these trims have a lockable central differential. The only drawback is it misses out on low ratio gears. The gearbox has auto and manual transmissions, like the previous generation.


The 3rd generation

You might be disappointed to know that this generation offers only a single petrol engine to get. But, after driving it once, you will never be able to forget its throttle response, steering and speed controls, hassle-free gear shift, and efficient brake system with maximum stopping power. Its 1.5 L 2NR-VE I4 engine characterized in X variant has an only manual transmission, whereas the R variant, X Deluxe, and R Deluxe offer manual, as well as automatic transmission.


Design of Daihatsu Terios


The 1st generation

Daihatsu Terios is a 5-door wagon, which has a small-sized variant called the Terios Kid, available in Japan. The 2000 model has eye-catching chrome finessed upfront grille with a dual-tone bumper and top-quality powered windows (front). You can enjoy a relaxing ride in its spacious cabin having rear seat head restraints. The striking alloy wheels and robust roof rails are a plus to its exterior. It also has hi-tech central locking and a roof-fixed rear spoiler.


Depending on the likeness, if you want something different, try Indonesia trim. It has versatile front and rear-ends styling with a longer wheelbase. To add a bit of luxury, the limited-edition sports series have a sunroof as a standard. The interior has visually appealing metallic paint finesse and a trendy, space-saving dashboard. Major highlights of the 2003 Malaysian trim are:

 ✓ ABS

 ✓ Double airbags

 ✓ Leather-wrapped interior

 ✓ Exquisitely designed wheel rims

 ✓ Flattened side-step

 ✓ Daihatsu Terios DX and SX models of the 2005 specifications

 ✓ CD and DVD player

 ✓ Premium stereo setup (2-speaker in DX and 4-speaker audio in SX

 ✓ Air Conditioning

 ✓ Seatback pocket

 ✓ Fog headlamps

 ✓ Intermittent wipers

 ✓ Seat split fold

 ✓ Remote Fuel Lid Release

 ✓ Seat Belt with pretensioners


The 2nd generation

The models are similar up to some extent except for reshaped bumper, rear tail-lights, and wheel design. The Indonesian models have a longer wheelbase, which means more boot space. In Terios, you can fit 7 people and in Rush, only 5 can sit. TX/R trim has:

 ✓ Parking assistance (rear parking camera and sensor)

 ✓ Advanced body-kit

 ✓ Reformed alloy wheel arches

 ✓ Satellite navigation

 ✓ DVD player

 ✓ Double DIN stereo,

 ✓ HDMI input

 ✓ The features of 1st generation Rush

 ✓ Projector LED headlights

 ✓ Broadened front with an extended grille

 ✓ Blacked-out central piece

 ✓ Advanced instrument cluster

 ✓ Reformed 2nd-row headrests

 ✓ Double DIN display

 ✓ DVD head units


The 3rd generation:

The style of the car looks more rationalized. It comes with a rear liftgate. The Indonesian models offer:

 ✓ 60:40 split

 ✓ Foldable backrest

 ✓ 217L storage

 ✓ LED lights

 ✓ 16’’ alloy wheels

 ✓ Dual airbags

 ✓ ABS and EBD

 ✓ 2 DIN touch-screen

 ✓ 6-speakers Audio setup


Final verdict

The company has designed Daihatsu Terios precisely. Enough space to offer ease, enough speed to let you take on a long smooth journey, and strong enough to give you long-term durable use! It is very reasonably priced. Try choosing the latest year models. The models manufactured from 2005 to 2008 have almost the same qualities but lack modernism, style, and hi-tech. Apart from reviews, you can make sure the deal is beneficial by checking the vehicle’s history. We are bringing an easily accessible online portal on our user-friendly website, where you can get instant details on your car by simply entering model details.

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