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26 Jan 2017

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What We Dislike
Interior lacks refinement and polish
Steering is numb and heavy

Perodua's first compact sedan ranks high on fuel efficiency, daily practicality and overall sensibility.


The sedan would seem like the logical first step for any carmaker - it's a fairly generic body style that has permeated roads for the longest time. Well, not so for Perodua, Malaysia's largest car manufacturer. In response to the Malaysian market, the brand has been pumping out hatchbacks since its very first model, the Perodua Kancil, in 1994. Hatchbacks were (and in many ways continue to be) the bodystyle of choice for our northern neighbours - compact, sensible and functional.

It has taken the brand 13 years to finally produce its very first sedan, the brand new Perodua Bezza. Time to figure out if it's any good.

Don't be fooled by its compact dimensions, as the Bezza can comfortably seat five people

It looks familiar…


'A sedan built on a compact platform boasting excellent fuel efficiency'. Sounds familiar? Yep, that's also the calling card of the Mitsubishi Attrage. And if the Bezza looks familiar, it's because on first glance, the visual similarities to the Attrage are present - its narrow and tall stance, the short nose and boot, and the way the whole body tilts downwards so as to improve the car's aerodynamic efficiency and thus fuel economy.

Flourishes like chrome garnishes on the front grille and boot give the exterior a touch of lightness, but beyond that the Bezza is a fairly straightforward-looking compact sedan. The 14-inch rims do look a little small, though, but these aesthetics should be secondary to the car's economical capabilities. 
How is the Bezza like on the inside?

The first thing that strikes you when you step in is that the car is relatively spacious, and will sit five comfortably. While it may look small and compact on the outside, the interior offers a good amount of legroom for passengers front and rear.

Additionally, with 508 litres on offer, the generous boot space means that the car scores high on practicality. In comparison, the Attrage offers 450 litres of boot space, while the Toyota Vios offers 506 litres.

The Bezza has a generous 508-litre boot that can fit up to six travel bags

However, the quality and refinement in the cabin can be slightly wanting, especially in the trim level that is being offered here in Singapore. The top 'Advance' trim level (not available locally) comes equipped with a multimedia system with navigation and a reverse camera. This 'Premium X' trim unfortunately does not get that. While you can still connect your music via USB or Bluetooth, the centre console does look a tad dated.


Car Information
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Price

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Engine Type

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4-cylinder Dual VVT-i

Engine Cap

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1329cc

Horsepower

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69kW (93 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

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121 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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-

Top Speed

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180km/h

Fuel consumption

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21km/L

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