With the new Perodua Myvi now launched, attention will invariably turn to how it fares against the outgoing model. For contrast and clarity, we’ve brought the brand new car together with its predecessor, a 2015 Myvi 1.5 Advance from the nameplate’s second generation.

It’s an all-new design for the third-generation Myvi, one that has been penned completely in-house at Perodua. Here in range-topping Advance guise, the 2018 Myvi wears a bodykit comprising deeper front and rear bumpers with side skirts, and it rolls on 15-inch two-tone alloy wheels.

As for the physical dimensions, the 2018 Myvi is expectedly larger overall when compared to the previous, second-generation car – an overall length of 3,895 mm for the new car plays 3,685 mm for its predecessor (210 mm longer), width is 1,735 mm compared to 1,665 mm previously (70 mm wider), and wheelbase spans 2,500 mm versus the old car’s 2,440 mm (60 mm longer). However, the new car is 55 mm lower in overall height at 1,515 mm, compared to the previous car’s 1,570 mm.

Under the hood is an all-new engine, though both second- and third-generation range-toppers displace the same 1.5 litre capacity. A new, 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine produces 102 hp at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, and replaces the old 3SZ-VE from before (same output figures, but peak torque delivered at a higher 4,400 rpm).

A four-speed automatic transmission – driving the front wheels – remains; it’s now the sole gearbox of choice for the top 1.5 variant – no 1.5 litre manual. Fuel consumption is rated at 20.1 km/litre of fuel with Eco Idle engine stop-start activated, compared to a claimed 15.4 km/litre for the old model.

Inside, the 2018 Myvi gets worked on too, to good effect for these eyes at least. The overall sculpting of the dashboard cuts a more angular shape, with a more pronounced drawing of lines towards the lower part of the centre console, which is where the gear lever is now located (higher up towards the dashboard on the previous car).

Controls for the air-conditioning have been updated with more push-buttons instead of rotary dials for a more modernised look. The steering wheel is also new with revised brightwork surrounding the multi-function controls, also sporting a more rounded, bulbous look. In this top Myvi variant, the dashboard features a built-in Touch n’ Go card reader located on the right-hand-side of the steering wheel.

Further along the cabin, the new top Advance variant gets revised leather upholstery, while the front seats have more pronounced bolstering. On the infotainment front, a radio player with MP3/WMA playback feature alongside USB and Bluetooth connectivity, plus navigation and a reverse camera.

Safety is where the the latest Myvi makes great strides. The new model now includes electronic stability control, traction control and Advanced Safety Assist (ASA), which comprises of Pre-Collision Warning (PCW), Pre-Collision Braking (PCB), Front Departure Alert (FDA) and Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC) to prevent or mitigate low-speed collisions. Advance variants of the 2018 Myvi now get six airbags, versus two before.

How do the price tags compare, then? The 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.5L Advance is priced at RM55,300, compared to RM56,118.88 for the previous-generation car of the same variant (both prices OTR without insurance). Interested to know more about the 2018 Perodua Myvi? Read the first impressions drive report by our man Danny Tan, and learn more about each variant of the 2018 Myvi, here.

There’s also the Myvi walk-around for an audio-visual summary, which we recorded on the day of the 2018 Myvi’s launch, below. We will also publish a detailed video review of the car soon, featuring a drag race, NVH test and real-world fuel economy test against the 1.3 and old 1.5. For full specifications of the 2018 Myvi, check out CarBase.my.

GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance

GALLERY: 2015 Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance