The latest episode of Driven Web Series 2019 is out, powered by the all-new Petronas Primax 95 with Pro-Drive. As you would’ve known, we’ve lined up three family cars for this in-depth comparison to see if Perodua’s new seven-seat SUV, the Aruz, has what it takes on take on the big boys.

The Aruz, which is priced at RM77,900 for the top 1.5 AV, goes head to head against the Honda BR-V 1.5V and Toyota Sienta 1.5V here. All three cars are range-toppers, with the Honda priced at RM87,701 and Toyota at RM101,900. So if you’re planning to buy an affordable seven-seater car, this is the definitive review for you.

Engine-wise, the trio are all powered by a 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine. The Aruz’s 2NR-VE engine is shared with the Perodua Myvi, featuring Dual VVT-i and Eco Idle function. It makes 103 hp at 6,000 rpm and 133 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, and a four-speed automatic transmission is tasked to send drive to the rear wheels.

Unlike the BR-V and Sienta, the Aruz is built atop a less sophisticated ladder frame platform, but the plus side is it rides taller, looks better and would perform better in off-road situations.

It’s decently equipped as well, featuring keyless entry and start, integrated SmartTAG, six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, VSC, hill start assist, hill descent control and Isofix child seat anchors on outer second-row seats. There’s also Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 suite, which includes Pre-collision Warning, Pre-collision Braking, Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control.

As for the BR-V, its 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine is by far the most powerful here, producing 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. This SOHC engine is the same unit found in the Jazz and City, and it’s mated to an Earth Dreams CVT automatic, which drives the front wheels.

Lastly, and clearly the more funky-looking one of the lot, is the Sienta. We know it looks misplaced in this comparison, but as a product itself the Sienta impresses on many levels.

To start, its engine makes 107 hp at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm, with drive channeled to the front wheels through a CVT with seven virtual ratios. Noteworthy features include automatic sliding rear doors, low entry point (easy for children and elderly people to enter and exit), as well as bi-LED headlights, acoustic windscreen, keyless entry with push-start button and Optitron instrument cluster.

Now, how do you think the Aruz will fare in this bout? Find out in the video above. As usual, let us know your thoughts below. Happy watching, folks!

GALLERY: Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV

GALLERY: Honda BR-V 1.5 V

GALLERY: Toyota Sienta 1.5 V

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