Perodua is the second Malaysian car company after Proton which was founded on 27 August 1994. The company is located in an area of 80 hectares in Serendah, Selangor. The name Perodua stands for “Perusahan Otomotif Kedua” atau “Second Automobile Company”.
Perodua is a local Malaysian automotive company that manufactures and distributes Daihatsu products in Malaysia under the Perodua brand (except for Gran Max and Delta trucks which remain the Daihatsu brand). The company is a local partner of Daihatsu and Toyota in Malaysia.
What are the Best Perodua Car?
Here are some of the best Perodua cars that you must know.
1. Perodua Bezza
One of the best Perodua cars is Perodua Axia Facelift. This car reminds us of the Daihatsu Sirion. The grille forms a wide hexagonal angle. Chrome finish lines on top along with the Perodua logo. The main lights are seen using LEDs plus DRL and fog lamps.
There are front and rear bumper guards covered in silver paint. While the entire body composition looks the same as the previous model. It feels like a tiny crossover that you can take on long trips. It’s not just urban mobility.
The highest model uses dual-tone, 15-inch rims. Then in the engine section, the Perodua Axia uses the 1KR-VE 1.0 liter VVT-i. The power unit supplies a maximum torque of 90 Nm and power of 67 PS which is channeled to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic. Perodua claims that the car’s fuel consumption reaches 22.5 km/liter for the manual type. Meanwhile, 21.6 km/liter in the automatic gearbox.
Now we move to the features of this awesome car. The advantage of the Perodua Axia Facelift compared to its competitors is that this car already uses Smart Safety, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), and Advanced Safety Assist 2.0 (ASA 2.0). This car comes with several variants where the highest variant is the Advance type and the lowest variant is the E type.
2. Perodua Bezza
Perodua Bezza is a sedan with a sporty design. This car comes with a combination of a new bumper and fog lamps which makes it look more aggressive. This car has 14-inch tires with two-tone color alloys for the 1.0-liter variant and 15-inch for the 1.3-liter variant. There is also another color option called garnet red but it is only for the 1.3-liter variant.
For the interior design, there has been no significant change compared to the previous generation. Previously, the dashboard color was just plain black, but now there is an additional silver color that connects with the 2-DIN touch screen unit.
The latest Perodua Bezza is also provided with an Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) driver assistance system that can detect pedestrians, pre-collision warning, pre-collision braking, forward departure warning, and pedal operation controls.
Not only that, but this new Sedan also has a push start button, front sensor, and reverse camera. There are no significant changes in the engine. Bezza still uses a three-cylinder VVT-i engine with a power of 67 hp and 91 Nm. There is also a choice of four cylinders with a power of 94 hp and 121 Nm. For transmission, there is a five-speed manual variant and a four-speed automatic.
To provide comfort for the driver and passengers, Perodua Bezza has increased the suspension. Also, the rear seats can be adjusted 23 to 27 degrees.
3. Perodua Alza
Perodua finally released the MPV they introduced 10 years ago. This car named Perodua Alza is an MPV car that reportedly will replace the Daihatsu Xenia. Perodua Alza is rumored to be using the same platform as Daihatsu DN Multisix.
DN Multisix itself first appeared at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2017. Two months later, DN Multisix was also presented at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, along with the Daihatsu DN Trec concept which became the forerunner of Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize.
The Daihatsu DN Multisix Concept has a length of 4,310 mm, a width of 17.20 mm and a height of 1,695 mm, as well as an axle distance of 2,620 mm and a ground clearance of 250 mm. The size details of the DN Multisix Concept are bigger than Alza.
Perodua Alza is 4,220 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,620 mm high. Currently, Alza is said to be a JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) product. Furthermore, Alza will be developed according to markets outside Japan, namely Malaysia and Indonesia.
Besides, Alza’s front-line design is still similar to the DN Multisix Concept with more realistic lighting and uses an Aruz grille.
Then what about the engine performance? Perodua Alza has engine specifications similar to the Toyota Avanza 1500cc and Daihatsu Terios / Toyota Rush, namely 3SZ-VE with DVVT, with a power of 104 Ps at 6000 rpm with 136 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm. Indeed, the engine is not very powerful because the torque is not up to 140 Nm. However, Alza is a fast MPV car and can cover a distance of 140 km/hour.
4. Perodua Ativa
Perodua also has one of the best cars, the Perodua Ativa, which has a similar design to the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize. When you first see this car, you will immediately be amazed by its design. But it seems that the mainstay of this car is the engine performance and safety system.
Perodua Ativa will be the first Perodua in Malaysia to use a turbo engine. To be precise it is a 1,000 cc 3 cylinder turbo engine, and if the specs are the same as the Raize and Rocky engines, we can expect 98 PS of power and 140 Nm of torque. That number is roughly similar to the power and torque of a regular non-turbo 1,400 or 1,500 cc engine. This turbo engine will drive the front wheels via a CVT transmission.
Perodua said that this car will use auto start-stop technology to automatically shut down the engine to save fuel. This feature is almost the same as the i-Stop in Mazda or ISS feature in Honda. The fuel consumption is around 18.9 km per litre.
Perodua Ativa looks like it will have safety features like Mazda. Perodua calls this feature Advanced Safety Assist (ASA). ASA is already present in Perodua MyVi, but for Perodua Ativa the system will be more sophisticated. For example, a Pre-Collision Warning alarm that gives a warning before a collision and an automatic brake that will stop the vehicle itself to try to avoid an incident.
This car also features Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Lane Keep Control, Blind Spot Monitor, RCTA and even Adaptive Cruise Control. These features are still hard to find in other cars that are in the same class as Ativa.
These are some of Perodua’s best cars that are ready to compete in the export market. Now we see if Perodua’s cars can compete with other cars.