Terios is a real smooth operator

PUICTURE PERFECT: Terios is a mixture of modern spirit and tough exterior. Cicra 2009. Pic. Unknown.
PUICTURE PERFECT: Terios is a mixture of modern spirit and tough exterior. Cicra 2009. Pic. Unknown.

Mabuyane Kekana

Mabuyane Kekana

The Daihatsu Terios is such a smooth operator. It managed to work its way into my heart and left me bleeding. When I took temporary ownership of the Terios, I knew it was a solid car.

But the last thing I expected was that I would fall for it to such an extent that I wouldn't feel like giving it back. Part of the reason? The reliability issue. I have lived with the Terios for six months - and did not encounter a single breakdown.

The flexible luggage compartment adapts to the size or length of your luggage and a wide variety of seating arrangements to maximise passenger comfort and ease of entry and exit are allowed for.

The second row of seats have individual sliding and reclining for maximum comfort of passengers and individual double folding for maximum ease of entry and exit of the passengers in the third row of seats.

The third row also has individual double folding in order to maximise the luggage compartment size. The styling of the Long Wheel Base (LWB) Terios is advanced with a modern spirit at the core of its tough exterior.

Its compact body size allows for easy handling, which made the Terios SWB famous, but despite the longer chassis the Terios Long still has above average approach and departure angles.

The interior has a flush surface four-step adjustable air-conditioner, front and rear power windows, front and rear accessory power outlets, power door lock for front, rear and back doors, and vanity mirrors with convenient slide shutters for the driver's and passenger's seats.

At the back there's a large side-opening rear door with externally mounted alloy Mag spare wheel. Safety features include dual front airbags, emergency fuel cut-off and automatic door lock release. The LWB is also equipped with ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution.