2015 GMC Terrain | new car review

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 by
2015 GMC Terrain
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 97,000 - 151,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 40%
  • Interior
    Editor: 50%
  • Quality
    Editor: 50%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

The Terrain is a mid-size SUV that has been around since 2009 and faces tough competition from its American cousin, the Ford Edge. Slotting in below the Acadia, the Terrain is, in fact, the smallest offering in the brand’s line-up.

Pros

Its trailering capability for a mid-size crossover SUV is quite impressive.

Cons

Exterior styling and interior quality definitely need to be revised.

Looks

Sometimes you can’t help but sit back and wonder what the designers were inspired by when designing certain vehicles. The 2015 GMC Terrain definitely possesses the ability to do just that. With not much more than a ruler to their disposal, the designers have created a design catastrophe, albeit, a ruler straight one. Customary GMC elements such an oversized chrome grille, protruding wheel arches and a boxy outershell are very much present, but on a car this small, it just looks like they’re weighing the mid-size crossover down.

2014 GMC Terrain front

Feels

Unlike something you’d expect from GMC, the Terrain houses an alarming amount of hard plastic all over the cabin. Although a thin layer of leatherette wrapping covers the dashboard and door panels, and wood trim adorns the steering wheel, it just isn’t enough to cancel out the plastics. Equipped with the capacity to transport five individuals, and their belongings in a spacious boot, there’s no denying that the Terrain makes for a practical city runabout.

2014 GMC Terrain interior

Engineering

Although owners of the GMC Terrain may never have the courage to use their mid-size crossover for trailering, it is shocking and interesting to know that the 2.4 litre engine has enough grunt to pull a pair of jet skis or a motorcycle (680 kgs), while the 3.6 litre V6 is more than capable of hauling most single-axle camping trailers (1,588 kgs).

2015 GMC Terrain side

On offer

For those looking to save some dough at the pumps, a 2.4 litre 4 cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and comes with an ECO mode is available. If, however, you suffer from HRFS or Heavy Right Foot Syndrome, then the 3.6 litre V6 is definitely your cup of tea. Pushing out 292 horsepower and 355 Nm of torque through a 6 speed automatic transmission, the V6 is definitely the one we’d go for.

2014 GMC Terrain front side

Verdict

The 2015 GMC Terrain isn’t exactly a bargain, at AED 97,000 for the basic variant which increases to AED 125,000 for the V6 version and AED 151,000 for Denali apparel, it’s more expensive than the Ford Edge. But hey, that’s the price you got to pay to flaunt the GMC badge…

2015 GMC Terrain top

Specifications

Specifications2015 GMC Terrain 2.42015 GMC Terrain 3.6
Engine/ Cylinders2.4 litre inline-four3.6 litre V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
182 hp @ 6,700 RPM292 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
235 Nm @ 4,900 RPM355 Nm @ 4,800 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h10.4 secs7.9 secs
Top speed190 km/h190 km/h
PriceAED 97,000 - 110,000AED 125,000 - 151,000

One Response to 2015 GMC Terrain | new car review

  1. Saeid Mohammadian Reply

    November 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Hi,
    i am looking for the GMC Terrain 2.4 L or acadia 2.4 L.
    thank you

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