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With its generous space and perky drive, the Perodua Myvi will appeal to buyers looking for a cheerful car on a budget.

02 Apr 2019


It could be said that Perodua is the people's car of Malaysia, as what Volkswagen is for Germany. Mainly known for its hatchbacks, Perodua has consistently produced honest and adorable little roundabouts, which have won the hearts of many - from small families to first-time car owners.

The Myvi is Perodua's latest compact here in Singapore, which serves as the first car from the Malaysian carmarker that is almost completely engineered in-house.

A fresh package

It is common practice for Malaysian car manufacturers to rely on its Japanese counterparts. Hence, previous generations of the Myvi shared many similarities with the Daihatsu Sirion - bubbly looks included.

The sharper and bolder looking front end of the Myvi is accentuated with its LED head lights

With Perodua now having a go at designing its flagship, gone are the bubbly looks. The Myvi now looks much sharper with its strong, bold lines. It remains to still have a friendly character, thanks to its cheeky head lights, of which are LED as standard.

While it may make it look like a tight little package, the Myvi is 205mm longer in total than the previous generation, including a wheelbase that's longer by 60mm.

Simple, no-frills interior

You will find that Perodua has got the basics right when you step inside the Myvi. The cabin feels well thought out, with the centre console angled slightly towards the driver. While the head unit isn't fancy, it still comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

The no-frills interior is well thought out, with radio and air-con functions within easy reach

Where the Myvi impresses though is the amount of space. Even with the driver's seat comfortably adjusted for this near 1.8m writer, there is still more than enough legroom in the rear for two or three similarly sized passengers. Hauling a small family around shouldn't be an issue with the Myvi.

There's some thoughtful features that are cleverly implemented. With no front centre armrest, rear seat passengers still have access to a USB charging port, cleverly placed on the side front seat bolsters. There's a anti-snatch handbag hook too, great for ladies who may be using this as their daily form of transport.

Rear seat amenities like a USB charging port is cleverly located on the side of the driver's seat bolster

What the Myvi does fall short on is the lack of compartments, like a centre armrest or cubby holes to throw your barang-barangs in. But really, this is nit-picking.

Boot space is also reasonable for a car this size, at 277 litres, with a wide berth making loading items easier. Fold the rear seats down, and loading space increases to 832 litres.

Having fun in the city

Get behind the wheel and the Myvi proves to be a cheerful little car. Its 1.3-litre four-cylinder lump pushes out 94bhp and 121Nm of torque, giving the 985kg Myvi a zippy and perky drive.

While the 1.3-litre four-cylinder powerplant pushes out just 94bhp and 121Nm of torque, the Myvi's small footprint allows for a breezy drive

Thanks to this, the Myvi never feels strained and is surprisingly refined for what it is on the road. The electric-assisted steering is nicely weighted too, proving to be steady enough for expressway driving.

While small compact cars are moving towards CVT gearboxes for efficiency, the Myvi comes with a traditional four-speed box. Even so, the Myvi still manages a fuel consumption figure of around 17km/L, with start-stop turned on.

The multi-function steering wheel is well-weighted, which gives drivers a level of confidence behind the wheel

Worthy of attention

Perodua has come a long way from being just badge-engineered compact hatchbacks sourced from its Japanese counterparts. For the case of the Myvi, it proves that it can in fact engineer the car itself for the masses - a big win for the brand.

Also, it seems like the rebadging tables has turned. The Indonesian market only Daihatsu Sirion is now in fact a rebadged Perodua Myvi.

In Singapore, the Myvi comes in this 1.3-litre variant we tested, as well as the Myvi 1.5 H, offering a slight bump in power and visual enhancements.

Compared to the competition, not many offer the Myvi's perky drive and lovable character

While some may consider the Hyundai Accent and the Mitsubishi Attrage to be worthy competitors to the Myvi, it isn't a fair comparison, as they're sedans.

But when you do compare them, the Myvi still comes out tops with its perky and adorable character, which is something that's hard to find.
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Car Information

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Perodua Myvi 1.3 X (A)
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Price

: $71,800

Engine Type

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4-cylinder DOHC Dual VVT-i

Engine Cap

:

1329cc

Horsepower

:

70kW (94 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

121 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

-

Top Speed

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Fuel consumption

:

21.1 km/L

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