The first of the two small hatchbacks from the two national car companies making their debut this month has arrived – the Perodua Axia is the first of the duo to arrive, the car being officially launched moments ago at an event in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
As has already been mentioned in previous articles, the Axia – touted by its maker as the nation’s first energy efficient vehicle (EEV) – is an A-segment five-door hatchback, effectively the replacement for the Viva, which has been around since 2007.
Bigger than the Viva, almost the equal of the Myvi
The successor, based on the Daihatsu Ayla sold in Indonesia, is a slightly larger car – the Axia measures 3,640 mm long, 1,620 mm wide and 1,510 mm tall, with a 2,455 mm wheelbase, while the Viva stretches the tape at 3,575 mm long (-65 mm) and 1,475 mm wide (-145 mm). It is marginally taller than the Axia, at 1,530 mm (+20 mm).
Comparing further, the Ayla – which provides the basis for the Axia – is 3,580 mm long (-60 mm), 1,600 mm wide (-20 mm) and 1,510 mm tall (equal), with a 2,450 mm wheelbase (-5 mm).
The Viva, meanwhile, has a 2,390 mm-long wheelbase (-60 mm). How the Axia stacks up in terms of exterior dimensions – against both the Viva and in-segment competitors – is tabled in a graphic here.
Other quick numbers are a 260 litre boot space, a significant improvement over that offered by the Viva, which is a mere 146 litres (-114 litres). The Axia’s cargo carrying capacity is even an improvement over that of the Myvi, which offers 208 litres of space.
While not in direct competition with each other, here’s a quick look at how the Axia measures up against the other upcoming debutant, the Proton Compact Car. The one-segment up “Iriz,” which is actually a Myvi-fighter, measures in at 3,905 mm long (+265 mm), 1,720 mm wide (+100 mm) and 1,550 mm tall (+40 mm), with a 2,555 mm wheelbase (+105 mm). It does have a smaller boot though, at 215 litres (-45 litres).
The interior’s dimensions continue the progression of the new car over the Viva. The Axia’s cabin is 1,900 mm long, 1,385 mm wide and is 1,240 mm tall. In comparison, the Viva measures in at 1,845 mm long (-55 mm), 1,300 mm wide (-85 mm), making its cabin a shorter and narrower space. It does have a slightly taller space at 1,250 mm (+10 mm).
It’s not just the Viva that the Axia aces in interior space – in some aspects, it is more than able to compete with the class-up Myvi, and short of in-cabin height, where it is 25 mm lower to the Myvi’s 1,265 mm, it gives nothing away in interior length (+50 mm over the Myvi’s 1,850 mm) and is even a shade wider by five millimetres to the Myvi’s 1,380 mm.
One car, two faces, four variants, six models
The Axia goes on sale in four variant forms, these being the entry-level Standard E, Standard G, Special Edition and range-topping Advance. As already seen, the car will have two “faces,” with markedly different bumper/grilles as well as headlamp types.
The one adorning the SE and Advance specification models is the more aggressive-looking piece of kit – a large, gaping trapezoidal grille takes up plenty of surface area, and the variants feature fog lamps as well as projector headlamps.
The bumper dressing up the Standard E and G versions is more sedate-looking, with a wide horizontal element housing the number plate holder separated by two openings. There’s also no chrome “wing” across the upper grille, no fog lamps, and the headlamp adorning the Standard models is a complex surface reflector design.
At the back, the baseline Standard E model comes without a rear windscreen wiper, and the Standard variants get a different rear bumper to the SE/AV, which also features LED tail lamps with a clear lens cover as well as a spoiler.
An all-aluminium 1.0 litre engine
All Axia variants will be powered by the company’s new all-aluminium 1KR-DE2 1.0 litre mill, which has a bore/stroke measurement of 71 x 84 mm – output is 66 hp at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm at 3,600 rpm for the 997 cc, twin-cam, 12-valve Euro IV-ready unit.
The output numbers for the 69 kg unit is almost identical to the same three-cylinder engine, the D26F-1KR-DE, found in the Daihatsu Ayla and Toyota Agya sold in the Indonesian market. In those applications, 65 hp and 87 Nm is quoted.
The company’s current Euro II-compliant EJ-VE 1.0 litre cast iron engine used in the Viva, meanwhile, offers 60 hp at 6,000 rpm and a similar 90 Nm at 3,600 rpm, with a bore and stroke of 72 x 81 mm. Comparatively, the mill in the Axia is a lot lighter, has a longer stroke, but omits DVVT variable valve timing.
The engine is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed E-AT auto ‘box. Fuel consumption figures of 20.1 km and 21.6 km per litre are touted, running in ECO mode operation – the former for the automatic, the latter for the manual. Perodua says that the claimed consumption figures were achieved with the engines in the test cycle units running on 0W-20 weight fully-synthetic SN classification oil.
Pricing and equipment
In total, there are six versions available for the four variants of the Axia, and these are priced at:
- Standard E (1.0 E manual) – RM24,600 (solid), RM25,000 (metallic)
- Standard G (1.0 G manual) – RM29,800 (solid), RM30,200 (metallic)
- Standard G (1.0 G automatic) – RM32,800 (solid), RM33,200 (metallic)
- Special Edition (1.0 SE manual) – RM36,800 (solid), RM37,200 (metallic)
- Special Edition (1.0 SE automatic) – RM39,800 (solid), RM40,200 (metallic)
- Advance (1.0 AV automatic) – RM42,130 (solid), RM42,530 (metallic)
The final on-the-road pricing for the Axia is lower than the tentative pricing indicated earlier.
Standard equipment across the entire variant range includes electric power steering (EPS is found on the new Myvi, but the Viva never had it), power windows, an Eco Drive indicator and immobiliser. Completely unique to the Axia is the inclusion of an anti-snatch hook in between the front seats – useful to hang your handbags to be out of reach from snatch thieves. The hook has a maximum load of three kilogrammes.
In terms of safety equipment, the four-star ASEAN NCAP-rated Axia is equipped with two airbags across the board. Other safety features such as ABS with EBD and brake assist are only available for the SE and Advance variants. Unfortunately, there’s no stability control to be found, even on higher end versions.
The company states that the Axia is shod with what it says are firsts in a Perodua A-segmenter, such as front corner parking sensors, a multi-info display, EPS and touchscreen multimedia system, complete with steering-mounted audio switches. Other features include a buzzer to remind drivers if the headlights are left on, as well as when the key is left in the ignition when the engine isn’t running.
Common throughout the entire range is a 14-inch wheel size, with 175/65 tyres, steel for the Standard E and an eight-spoke alloy for the Standard G. The SE gets a different wheel design, a five split-twin-spoke, which the Advance also wears. The automaker adds that the chosen low rolling resistance Hankook Kinergy Ex tyres contribute their bit to improving fuel consumption – incidentally, they are set to run on a rather highish 250 kPa (36 PSI) air pressure.
The breakdown on the different variants
Earlier, we broke down the differences of the variants and add-on kit as the range progresses, and to make it easier see what they are, here they are, listed in more detail.
Perodua Axia 1.0 E
The base E grade Axia is only available with a five-speed manual transmission – no auto option. It’s basic as expected, and is the only variant with steel rims and wheel caps, but body colour bumpers and door handles are at least standard.
- 14-inch steel wheels
- LED rear combination lamps
- Body coloured bumpers
- Painted door handles
- Vanity mirror for driver
- Fabric seats
- Power windows
- ECO Drive indicator (fuel efficiency coach)
- Power steering
- Dual airbags (driver and passenger)
- 1.0 E Manual – RM24,600 (solid)
- 1.0 E Manual – RM25,000 (metallic)
Perodua Axia 1.0 G
The Axia 1.0 G is the next variant up, and the entry level if you want automatic transmission (a four-speed torque converter unit). A five-speed manual is also available. The G-level specification brings alloy wheels and remote control entry and alarm (old school key for E), as well reverse sensors and an audio player.
- 14-inch alloy wheels
- Remote control entry and alarm
- Reverse sensors
- Electronically-controlled side mirrors (retractable)
- Rear wiper and defogger
- CD player with four speakers
- Driver’s side seat height adjuster
- Anti-snatch hook (for handbags) in between the front seats
- Seat hook on the back of the front passenger seat
- Package tray
- Tissue compartment for the rear seats
- Coin box / multipurpose container
- Isofix mounts for child seat
- Seat belt warning buzzer
- 1.0 G Manual – RM29,800 (solid)
- 1.0 G Manual – RM30,200 (metallic)
- 1.0 G Automatic – RM32,800 (solid)
- 1.0 G Automatic – RM33,200 (metallic)
Perodua Axia 1.0 SE
The Axia 1.0 SE has a different exterior compared to the standard E and G grades. Here’s what the 1.0 SE adds on to the 1.0 G model.
- Projector headlamps
- SE bodykit with aero bumpers, side skirting and rear spoiler
- Fog lamps
- Front parking sensors
- Chrome front grille
- Audio head unit with CD, MP3 and Bluetooth support
- Painted door armrest
- Fabric door trim
- Semi-bucket seats
- Silver and chrome interior finish
- Separated rear headrest
- Shift lever knob with ‘ornament’
- Handbrake lever with ‘ornament’
- ABS, EBD and brake assist
- Security tint film
- 1.0 SE Manual – RM36,800 (solid)
- 1.0 SE Manual – RM37,200 (metallic)
- 1.0 SE Automatic – RM39,800 (solid)
- 1.0 SE Automatic – RM40,200 (metallic)
Perodua Axia 1.0 Advance
The top-of-the-range Axia Advance, or AV, is only available with a four-speed automatic gearbox. Exterior-wise, it’s the same as the SE model, but adds the following specs to the interior:
- Touchscreen multimedia audio system with DVD, Bluetooth and GPS
- Leather seats
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
- 1.0 Advance Automatic – RM42,130 (solid)
- 1.0 Advance Automatic – RM42,530 (metallic)
Eight exterior colours in all
For exterior colours, six shades are available for the Standard E and G models, five of which are metallic – Midnight Blue, Ebony Black, Glittering Silver are joined by two new shades called Chery Blossom and Lemongrass Green. The single solid paint is Ivory White.
The Special Edition and Advance versions also share the Midnight Blue, Glittering Silver, Ebony Black and Ivory White shades, and get two dedicated colours called Sunflower Yellow and Lava Red.
The Perodua Axia comes with a five-year or 150,000 km warranty, the first Perodua to feature such a warranty. Bookings for the car stood at 13,500 orders as of yesterday.
We’ve driven the car – read our three-opinion drive impressions of the Perodua Axia. You can check out the Perodua Axia’s full specifications and equipment list in great detail on CarBase.my.
Perodua Axia Advance
Perodua Axia Standard G