The new 2018 Perodua Myvi comes with a very impressive set of features. Things like LED headlamps, keyless entry and push start, a minimum of four airbags (six on 1.5L variants) and VSC have taken centre stage, and rightly so, especially as they are standard from the RM44,300 manual Standard G.

The biggest surprise though is the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) suite of active safety systems on the range-topping 1.5 Advance. Autonomous emergency braking in a car below RM100k is unprecedented, never mind that the the Myvi’s Pre-Collision Braking is a low speed system that works below 30 km/h.

The just-unveiled Toyota Rush and Daihatsu Terios twins in Indonesia also feature LED headlamps, a sign that Toyota/Daihatsu is using the bright white lights as a wow feature in this region. ASA is an existing Daihatsu tech taken off the shelf. However, there are some features in the Myvi that are truly unique to the car, included specifically for the Malaysian motorist.

These include the anti-snatch bag hook in between the front seats (which made its debut in the Axia), two memory settings for the (now digital) air con that works just like seat memory, and this – an integrated Touch n Go card reader. This toll card reader is available on 1.5L variants and retires the Myvi driver’s Smart Tag for good.

Think of it as a Smart Tag that’s built into the car. One just needs to slot in the TnG card into the device, which is hidden in the cubby to the lower right of the steering wheel (the lid has magnetic closing, a nice touch). Like a physical Smart Tag, there’s a screen to show card balance, but the Myvi’s integrated unit adds a top-up reminder sound when card balance falls below RM10.

That’s useful, as insufficient balance is one of the common hold ups on Smart Tag lanes. Since the device draws power from the car, you no longer need to periodically hunt for those odd 9V batteries – Smart Tag dying on you with an angry queue behind is also no longer a worry.

From L-R: Haval’s sensor is behind the rear view mirror; UMW Toyota offers a similar system as an option

The transmitter is nicely integrated at the base of the windscreen, sitting flush with the dashboard surface on the driver’s side. Usual window tint rules apply – make sure your window tint (the 1.5 Advance comes with security window tint film) is compatible. Alternatively, just remind the installer to leave a “hole” for the transmitter. It’s not RFID-ready, although existing Smart Tag tech should be still in place for the next few years.

Seen this before? It’s not a new technology. The Haval H1 (previously known as the Great Wall M4 and Haval M4) has a similar system with the transmitter fitted to the back of the rear view mirror. UMW Toyota Motor offers a TnG reader as an optional accessory, too. However, both Haval and Toyota’s devices are more aftermarket in style and the Myvi’s system is more elegant, having been part of the car’s design from scratch.

To learn more about the new Myvi, read our comprehensive launch report and first impressions test drive report, and don’t forget to view our video review, which includes a demo of ASA’s features.

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