Okay, so more on the it car of the moment – until the Proton PCC is launched, at least – the Perodua Axia. By now we hope you’ve watched our walk-around video of the top-spec Axia Advance, in which Jonathan James Tan mentioned that he prefers the Standard model’s toned-down look over the SE/Advance’s Angry Birds face. Well, why don’t you decide for yourself with this exclusive comparison gallery?
Here we have the RM33,200 Perodua Axia Standard G Auto next to the RM42,530 Axia Advance (on-the-road with insurance, metallic paint prices – solid colours are cheaper by RM400). As you can see, they’re quite different from each other, with unique headlights and grille/bumper arrangement. One has reflector lamps, the other projectors. Fog lights are missing on the Standard too, as are the front corner sensors.
Both models run on 14-inch wheels, but with different designs. Note that the Standard here has Silverstone Synergy M3 tyres instead of the Advance’s Hankook Kinergy Ex, but we’ve noticed that vehicles in the showroom have a mixture of these tyres, regardless of variants.
The LED wing mirror indicators and chromed side skirts are part of the SE/Advance package. Round the back, the upper variants also gain a top spoiler, clear lens taillamps (both are LED, though) and a more sporty rear bumper with a faux-diffuser element. All-around security tint film – supplied by Llumar, no less – are available on the more expensive models too.
Inside, the differences are less drastic, but significant nonetheless. The centre console is left in plain grey in the Standard, while the SE and Advance variants get a more upmarket “brushed aluminium” and piano black trim pieces. The instrument cluster (red or amber display), gearknob (chromed or not) and door panels (silver or grey) are variant-specific as well.
Other changes include chrome highlights (instrument cluster housing, side air-con vents and door pulls) on the SE/Advance, while the touch-screen head unit with steering-mounted audio controls and leather upholstery are exclusive to the range-topping Advance. Speaking of the seats, the Standard has flatter, less bolstered front seats and a rear bench with fixed headrests.
But enough with words now. See the differences yourself in our side-by-side and like-for-like comparison galleries below. What you can’t see, of course, is the Standard model’s lack of ABS, so do keep that in mind when you’re deciding between the variants.
Perodua Axia Standard G
Perodua Axia Advance