The versatile interior offers mid-sized hatchback passenger space with a clever split fold-and-tumble rear seat which liberates a 1,290 mm maximum floor length - long enough to take a mountain bike.
Even with the rear seat in use the 380 litre capacity boot is capable of taking four 45" golf bags, four vertically-stacked mid-sized suitcases or a typical baby buggy. Most models also have load-floor securing hooks.
Typical of Daihatsu’s attention to detail in order to make the new Terios practical to own is the floor design.
This features a small drop between the carpet and sills, making it easier to brush out dirt during cleaning. The sills themselves are wide, reducing the risk of sandals or high-heeled shoes from getting caught when entering or exiting the car.
Another common-sense idea is the rear passenger door hinges which open in increments of 41, 60 and 77 degrees. This allows people to get in and out more easily, especially in tight spaces or when holding a child.
The luggage compartment floor height is 640 mm which - helped by the wide-opening side-hinged door, allows luggage to be loaded and unloaded without having to bend the knees or waist.
Sprightly, Efficient Powertrain
Based on the Sirion’s 1.3 litre DOHC 16-valve petrol engine, the new Terios has a larger 1.5 litre capacity, producing 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and a flexible 103 lb. ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.
Its standard Dynamic Variable Valve Timing (DVVT) enhances low-speed pulling power and high rev throttle response by maximising combustion efficiency. It also boosts fuel economy and lowers exhaust emissions.
The new Terios’s engine - with the same 72 mm bore as the 1.3 litre but a longer 91.8 mm stroke - is both lively and flexible, requiring fewer gear-changes to make sprightly progress.
For example, its torque curve is virtually flat between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm - the most frequently used rev-range in normal driving.
Top speed for manual models is almost 100 mph and over 93 mph for the automatic, while the 0-60 mph times are 12 seconds for the Terios 1.5 S, 12.2 seconds for the 1.5 SX and 13.6 seconds for the automatic 1.5 SE.
The Terios 1.5 S manual records 29.1/40.4 and 35.8 mpg on the Urban/Extra Urban and Combined Cycles.
Not far behind is the Terios 1.5 SE automatic at 26.6/39.8 and 33.6 mpg on the Urban/Extra Urban and Combined Cycles.
Both manual and automatic models have a low CO2 reading of 186 g/km and 196 g/km respectively.
In fact, the Terios 1.5 S has the best CO2 reading of any four-door 4x4 - diesel included - and comfortably beats rivals such as the Suzuki Grand Vitara, Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin and Honda HR-V.