Daihatsu Terios vs. Terios Kid: What are the Differences?

The Daihatsu Terios and the Daihatsu Terios Kid are compact SUV models that were first released to the Japanese market only, but soon became popular overseas due to the rise in popularity of used Japanese cars. Both entered production for the 1997 model year but while similar in almost every way, there are a number of differences that may influence your decision to choose one model over the other.

Daihatsu Terios: 1st Generation (1997 – 2006)

The Daihatsu Terios was introduced for the 1997 model year to replace the Daihatsu Rocky, and was available as a 5-door estate. The 1st generation includes model codes J100, J102, and J122. From 1997 through the 1999 model year, the J100 series was powered by a 1,295 cc HC-EJ SOHC in-line four-cylinder engine that offered owners 88 bhp. The Terios could be equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic.

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Above: A used 2005 Daihatsu Terios

In 2000, Terios was given a mild refresh and moved into the J102 model code era. The refresh included a chrome grille and new body styling. Owners were able to opt for electric front windows, alloy wheels, roof rails and a rear spoiler depending on the trim level chosen. The engine was upgraded to the K3-VE. This is a 1,297 cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine that is capable of 91 bhp.

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Above: Interior of a used 1997 Daihatsu Terios

The Japanese and Australian market saw a ”Sport” version of the Terios in 2001. The upgraded special edition unit featured a K3-VET engine with a turbocharger and was capable of up to 138 bhp. The Sport also offered owners colour matching bumpers, a rear spoiler and sunroof, and the interior featured a metallic paint finish for the dashboard and centre console. The J122 model code appeared in 2000 and was powered by the same engines as the J102 model code and has the same trim levels and options. The main difference is the addition of a front-wheel drive option instead of all-wheel drive being standard on all units sold.

Daihatsu Terios: 2nd Generation (2006 – Present)

 

The 2nd generation of the Daihatsu Terios was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2005. The 2nd generation went into production for the 2006 model year, with the 2nd-gen Terios having several model codes. The 5 passenger versions have the model codes J200, J210, and J211, while the 7 passenger units can have codes F700 and F710.

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Above: A used 2008 Daihatsu Terios

The 2nd generation was made larger for all markets, with the 5 passenger version at 1,695 mm wide and 4,095 mm long. The 7 passenger units are the same width, but are 4,425 mm long to accommodate for the additional seating space.

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Above: Interior of a used 2008 Daihatsu Terios

For the 2nd generation, the Daihatsu Terios was rebadged in Japan, and is now sold as the Toyota Rush and the Daihatsu Be-Go. The standard engine for the second generation is a 1,495 cc inline four-cylinder that offers 107 bhp. The engine uses VVT-i technology borrowed from Daihatsu’s parent company Toyota. The engine is still paired to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic. The second generation is offered with either FWD or AWD.

What is the Average Used Pricing of Daihatsu Terios?

$500 – $3,000 on BE FORWARD

What is the Daihatsu Terios Fuel Consumption?

The average fuel consumption of a Daihatsu Terios varies between 11km/L to 16.4km/L (dependent on model type and trim)

What are Recommended Daihatsu Terios Models?

Daihatsu Terios 1997

Daihatsu Terios 1998

Daihatsu Terios 2008

Daihatsu Terios Kid: 1st Generation (1997 – 2012)

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Above: Used 2007 Daihatsu Terios Kid

Featuring all of the design components of the Terios, the Terios Kid is the “kei car”, or smaller version, of the Terios and  was sold side-by-side with its larger cousin. Along with its smaller stature, it also offered a smaller and more fuel efficient engine. The 1st and only generation that was produced between 1997 and 2012 was offered in four model codes:

– The J111 EF-DEM was powered by an inline three-cylinder 659 cc light pressure turbo that offered 50 bhp.

– The J111 EF-DET was powered by an inter-cooled turbo that offered 63 bhp.

– The J131 EF-DEM was powered the 659 cc light pressure turbo, but was a FWD vehicle instead of the AWD seen in the J111 model code. The same can be said for the J131 EF-DET model code.

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Above: Interior of a used 2001 Daihatsu Terios Kid

The Terios Kid is 3,395 mm long, 1,475 mm wide, and can be up to 1,740 mm in height. Other than a few body refinements, the Terios Kid has remained mechanically similar since its inception and is still sold in the Japanese market as a Kei car. Whether you chose the Daihatsu Terios of the Kei car or Daihatsu Terios Kid, you are buying a very reliable SUV. The entire Terios line-up is known for its reliability and durability, offering potential buyers a great used car option.

What is the Average Used Pricing of a Daihatsu Terios Kid?

$500 – $1,000 on BE FORWARD

What is the Daihatsu Terios Kid Fuel Consumption?

The average fuel consumption of a Daihatsu Terios Kid varies between 14.4km/L to 16.8km/L (dependent on model type and trim)

What are Recommended Daihatsu Terios Kid Models?

Daihatsu Terios Kid 2001

Daihatsu Terios Kid 2003

Daihatsu Terios Kid 2005

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