One of the big questions concerning the new Perodua Myvi is where the car sits in relation to other vehicles on the market. The first two generations of Malaysia’s most popular model sat in the awkward space between the A- and B-segment, and with the introduction of the significantly longer and wider third generation, we wondered if it has finally moved into the class above.

To find out if it has, we’ve prepared a table comparing the dimensions of the new car versus the main B-segment competition, including its fiercest rival, the Proton Iriz. We’ve also included the previous-generation Myvi as well as the smaller Axia, for good measure. Do note that the measurements for the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta are for the previous-generation models, as the latest ones have yet to be sold in Malaysia.

As you can see, the Myvi, measuring 3,895 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,515 mm tall, is now smack in the centre of the B-segment hatchback market, with most dimensions within tens of millimetres of other vehicles. Notably, it’s one of the widest here, shaded only by the Peugeot 208, although its 2,500 mm wheelbase is shorter compared to most others.

Compared to the old car, the new one is a massive 210 mm longer and 70 mm wider, but the 55 mm lower height gives it a sleeker profile, albeit at the expense of headroom. The increase in size also gives the Myvi breathing room above the Axia, as it is now 225 mm longer, 115 mm wider and 5 mm taller. The 277 litre boot is also 69 litres larger than the outgoing model and 17 litres larger than the Axia.

Next to the Iriz, the new Myvi is 10 mm shorter, 15 mm wider and 35 mm lower and has a 55 mm shorter wheelbase, so the Proton still has the size advantage; however, its boot is dwarfed by the 62 litre larger boot of the Perodua. Given that the old Myvi already had a larger interior than the Iriz, expect the new one to widen that gulf still further.

To recap, the new third-generation Myvi has been designed completely in house featuring greater sophistication, equipment levels and safety. Longer, wider but lower than before, it gets items such as standard-fit LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start and stability control, as well as an integrated Touch ‘n Go reader, up to six airbags and autonomous emergency braking.

Power comes from new 1.3 and 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engines from the Toyota NR family. The smaller 1NR-VE is the same engine found on the Bezza, and it makes 94 hp at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The larger 2NR-VE, on the other hand, has been lifted from the Toyota Vios, and it produces 102 hp at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed auto is on offer.

What do you think of the new look? Sound off in the comments after the jump. You can also read our comprehensive launch report as well as our first impressions review.

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