Perodua Aruz against budget seven-seater SUV rivals in Malaysia – where does it stand in size, power, kit?

The Perodua Aruz SUV has just been launched in Malaysia, marking the national carmaker’s big leap back into the SUV market. With seven seats and prices starting from RM72,900, it’s an attractive prospect for many families, but how does it compare to its rivals – the Honda BR-V and Toyota Rush? Luckily for you, we’ve got a side-by-side comparison table with key stats of all three cars.

As you’d expect, the Aruz’s numbers are carbon copies of those of the Rush – not surprising, given that they are pretty much the same vehicle. Both measure 4,435 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,705 mm tall, and ride on the same 2,685 mm wheelbase.

What’s more, they both utilise body-on-frame construction and are powered by the same powertrain – a 1.5 litre 2NR-VE four-cylinder petrol engine with Dual VVT-i, making 101 hp and 133 Nm of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission transmits drive to the rear wheels on both models.

It’s a different story for the BR-V. The Honda is resolutely a more conventional proposition, being based on a passenger car (in this case, the A-segment Brio) with a monocoque body and front-wheel drive. Even so, it’s actually bigger than the others – measuring 4,453 mm long and 1,735 mm wide, the BR-V is 18 mm longer and 40 mm wider, although it’s 39 mm lower (1,666 mm) and has a 23 mm shorter wheelbase (2,662 mm).

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The BR-V’s similarly-sized i-VTEC mill also makes a bit more power – 119 hp and 145 Nm to be precise – and it’s paired to a CVT. However, it loses out on the safety front, as it only has two airbags against the six of the other two (it does have stability control). The Honda also doesn’t get the Perodua and Toyota’s optional driver assists, which include Pre-Collision Braking, Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misapplication Control.

As for pricing, the Aruz is the cheapest of the lot, and it gets LED headlights, keyless entry, a digital air-con display with memory, a rear air-con blower and an integrated Touch ‘n Go reader (i.e. SmartTAG) as standard. Even the top-spec 1.5 AV model retails at just RM77,900, and for that you get auto lights, fog lights, leather seats, a dash cam and all the aforementioned safety systems.

The BR-V is next on the list, with prices starting from RM80,989 for the 1.5E; the RM87,701 1.5V adds front fog lights, keyless entry, auto air-con, leather seats and a reverse camera. While prices for the Rush have yet to be finalised, it is by far and away the most expensive of the trio, at an estimated RM93,000 for the 1.5G and RM98,000 for the 1.5S.

Equipment on the Rush largely mirrors the Aruz, but there are a few additions to justify the circa-RM20k price premium. All models get auto air-con, and the 1.5S also gains blind spot monitoring and a Panoramic View Monitor. Browse full specifications and equipment of the new Perodua Aruz on

For further reading on the Perodua Aruz:

GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV

GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV with GearUp accessories

GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 X with GearUp accessories

GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 X

GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV official photos

GALLERY: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 colours official photos

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