Perodua may not be a popular name worldwide, but quite simply it is a household name in Malaysia. Being the second largest automobile manufacturer of the south asian country, Perodua is popular for its ultra high-tech mini and supermini cars and there is simply no competiton of Perodua in this line up. In constant competition with a wider ranged manufacturer Proton, Perodua has always banked on customer satisfaction more than the adventure quotient.
One of the strongest players from Perodua's stable is the Perodua Myvi which has been one of the best selling compact car of Malaysia for many years now. Currently Perodua Myvi is retailed under 5 variants namely the 1.3 Standard G,1.3 Premium X,1.3 Premium XS, 1.5 Special Edition and 1.5 Advance Edition.
The Perodua Myvi comes equipped with two petrol engine types- 1.5-litre and a 1.3-litre 4 cylinder 16 valve K3-VE DOHC engine. The 1.3-litre churns out a maximum power of 91 PS at 6000 rpm which is decent enough considering its small engine. The top end Perodua Myvi powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine churns out slightly better numbers at 103 PS maximum power at 6000 rpm. The 1.3 litre variants are available with both 5 speed manual transmission and 4 speed automatic transmission. ON the other hand the top end Perodua Myvi 1.5 also comes with a 5 speed manual transmission and 4 speed automatic transmission.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Malaysian roads can be congested at times and one might not expect to claim the best mileage within the city, but Myvi doest navigate through the city lanes without loosing too much of fuel. Mileage of Perodua Myvi 1.3 manual is listed at 17.1 km/l however in the city it drops down to 13-14 km/l. The auto transmission Myvi 1.3 has a rather average 13.5 km/l rated mileage with an output of 11 km/l in the city area. Myvi 1.5 auto transmission has a better rated mileage at 16.9 km/l which drops down to 15.7 km/l in city area.
Myvi in this segment is not anything above ordinary, neither is it annoying. The maximum power extracted in the 1.3-litre variants is 91 PS at 6000 rpm inline with the maximum drawn torque of 117 Nm at 4400 rpm, this is due to the K3-VE DOHC engine employed in the upholstry. Myvi 1.5 variants are better options for a power-lover because of the higher maximum power of 103 PS at 6000 rpm drawn with a 136 Nm of maximum torque at 4400 rpm.
Acceleration and Pick Up
Perodua Myvi is essentially a family car and hence more focus has been on comfort than on road performance, and yet surprisingly for a budget car. The Perodua Myvi powered by 1.3-litre petrol engine reaches the 100 km mark at an impressive 11.3 seconds under manual transmission and in 13 seconds under auto transmission. The top speed attained with manual transmission is roughly 170 km/hr, this figure decreases slightly at 165 km/hr for automatic transmission.
One thing is for certain, Perodua pays a lot of attention on the exterior designing and aesthetic features of its products. Maybe that is the reason why a whole array of color options are provided in Myvi. Three color variations are common to all the variants - Metallic purple, silver and solid white. Apart from that you have many options such as orange, yellow, red, lime green and ivory black available for different models. Perodua Myvi sports projector type headlamps in all its models and all the variants. moreover, it has front fog lamps and retractable side turn signals bundle with it. A green laminated windsheild sits pretty up top and the door handles are provided chrome handles. The base model misses out on many design features too like front, side and rear skirtings, side door moulding and blacked out pillar.
Wheelbase of any car is more or less proportional to the space offered inside for user's convenience. For a hatchback, Perodua Myvi offers a highly impressive wheelbase of 2440 mm. The overall dimensions of the car measure 3690mm x 1665mm x 1570mm (L x B x H).
Perodua offers features inside a compact hatchback like no other brand, at least in south asian market and this is probably one of the reasons it has become the prime retailer of B-segment cars in the region. The monotone (except in the base variant) instrument cluster is highly organised on the dashboard and doesn't feel cluttery at all. To add to the interior aesthetics there are different meter options available like amber for one and turquoise for other. Red illumination is offered for top variants. The inside door handles have been provided posh chrome handles in top variants only.
Four cup holders are provided on the front and two on the rear. Tilt steering, power windows, electric side mirrors, wireless door lock, central locking, shift position indicator, meter illumination control and reverse sensor are some features you acquire with every variant. The top end variants get added privilege of seat height adjuster for driver's seat and seat stabilisation bar. The seats in itself are highly comfortable with 1.5-litre variants getting hold of sports semi bucket seats.
Surprisingly, from the inside Perodua Myvi does not feel "compact" at all. There is enough leg room and head room than you would probably find in any other competition in the range, with a total interior length of 1850mm and a wide sitting area covering 1380 mm from end-to-end of the car. The rear seats provide a 60:40 split flat fold which increases your boot space many fold for storing your day to day items.
Engine and Performance
Being an entry level hatchback, the engine of Perodua Myvi is not supposed to belt power but there is no reason to be disappointed with the performance on road as well. With a K3-VE engine employed on 1.3-litre variants and a better 3SZ-VE engine employed on 1.5-litre variants bundle with a DOHC 16 valve mechanism with DVVT (4 cylinders), the maximum power drawn out of the Myvi 1.3-litre variants is 91 PS at 6000 rpm inline with 117 Nm torque at 4400 rpm. The 1.5 litre variants however deliver a better maximum power output at 103 PS at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 136 Nm at 4400 rpm.
The alloy wheels employed on Perodua Myvi are decent to say the least and feel really safe. The alloy rim size is maintained at 14 inch throughout all the variants . These wheels are surrounded by tires measuring 175/65 R14.
Stereo and Accessories
You wouldn't be dissapointed with the entertainment features provided inside this little dynamite. The high end 1.5-litre variants are blessed with a Multimedia system which comes with navigation features as well, and you can control your audio features from your steering. The entry level 1.3 litre variants are provided with a basic CD player with radio options, the player is compatible with mp3 and wma files, also bluetooth and USB connections have been made available. Common in all variants, 4 speakers are available in Perodua Myvi, 2 on the front and 2 on rear.
Braking and Handling
Perodua Myvi is undoubtedly the best in class mini when it comes to handling. The front brakes are disc type available with boosters while the rear brakes are drum brakes. There are special parking brakes available which are mechanically operating on the rear wheels. Talking about suspension options available, the engine provides are MacPherson strut type suspension with a coil spring up front, on the rear torsion beam suspension is provided.
Safety and Security
A drive has to be as safe as it should be stylish and comfortable, it is a prime concern for any manufacturer. Perodua Myvi provides enough options fitting the price range like Dual SRS air bags on the front. Inbuilt alarms and immobiliser are provided for anti-theft. 3 point ELR seat belts are provided on the front and rear as well. With what again seems to be a high end feature, Perodua Myvi comes with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) bundled with EBD and BA.
- Fuel Economy
- Interior Features
- Very spacious
- Not the best cornering
- Average suspension