It has been nearly a week since the third-generation Perodua Myvi was launched, and prospective buyers have been quick to place their orders. But for those who are tussling between the 1.3 Premium X (RM48,300) and range-topping 1.5 Advance (RM55,300) as a daily driver, which one gives the best bang for buck?

To even the two out, let’s address the elephant in the room here – the engines. Both are new: the 1NR-VE 1.3 litre engine, which it shares with the Bezza, makes 94 hp and 121 Nm, versus the 2NR-VE 1.5 litre’s 102 hp and 136 Nm. The difference on paper is just eight horsepower and 15 Nm, but in the real world, the larger engine is far peppier.

Naturally, the smaller 1.3L engine fares better in the eco run (claimed to return 21.1 km/l compared to the 1.5L’s 20.1 km/l), but of course this is completely dependent on the driver. Both engines are EEV certified and are paired with the same four-speed automatic transmission as standard – no five-speed manual for either one here, folks, sorry. That’s only on the 1.3 Standard G.

Being the range-topper, the 1.5 Advance is the sole recipient of Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA). It’s the first of its kind to ever be featured in a Perodua car, never mind the fact that it’s the only car under the RM100,000 bracket to have Pre-Collision Braking (PCB), a form of low speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB). The suite also includes Pre-Collision Warning (PCW), Front Departure Alert (FDA) and Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC).

For RM7,000 more, it’s difficult to resist the allure of the 1.5 Advance, but that’s not to say that the 1.3 Premium X can’t hold a candle next to it. If one can do without the leather seats, touchscreen head unit and reverse camera, then the 1.3 Premium X presents a strong case for itself.

Standard features here include full LED headlamps (I still can’t believe this is standard across the model range), front fog lights, front parking sensors and a host of chrome trim pieces littered inside and out to give it a suitably pleasant look. Also, if you’re particularly attracted to the psychedelic Peppermint Green paint, note that the metallic hue is exclusive to 1.3 litre variants. Likewise, Granite Grey is only on the 1.5 litre models.

Left, Myvi 1.5 Advance; Right, Myvi 1.3 Premium X

Truth be told, we have one more surprise in store for you guys. We’ve put these two against each other over the weekend, assessing its drivability, cabin insulation, fuel consumption and all performance aspects, including a drag race! Ever wondered what the 1.5L’s 0 to 100 km/h time is like?

Fret not, all will be revealed in due course, and in the medium you’re most fond of. Be sure to watch this space for future updates, because it’s coming to you really, really soon.

Meanwhile, you may read our initial impressions of the car, or go through the specifications breakdown we’ve exhaustively prepared for your benefit. Alternatively, you can also watch the Myvi walk-around video below.

GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.3 Premium X (Peppermint Green Metallic)

GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance (Granite Grey Metallic)