Speculation surrounding Perodua’s upcoming compact SUV – codenamed the D55L – has been rife in recent months, and it reached fever pitch when Daihatsu revealed its own version, set to be called the Rocky, at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now, Toyota has jumped into the fray by putting its Raize on sale in Japan, and with that comes a flurry of official information and specifications.

Now, obviously a lot of people will be drawing comparisons with the Geely Binyue, which will form the basis of Proton’s next SUV, widely tipped to be called the X50. So we decided to answer your imminent questions once and for all by directly comparing the specifications of these two vehicles, the starting points for two of the most hotly-anticipated cars from our national carmakers.

Firstly, some housekeeping is in order. While both of these cars will be entry-level SUVs, just like the larger Aruz and X70, they will occupy different and distinctly separate segments of the market – so this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison. Judging by the numbers and data alone, the Perodua will be significantly smaller and almost certainly cheaper than the more sophisticated Proton.

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It should also be noted that the specifications and equipment listed here are specific to the home markets of Daihatsu/Toyota and Geely, and hence are subject to change – particularly in terms of powertrains and safety kit. Lastly, to give some perspective, we’re also including the B-segment benchmark, the Honda HR-V, into this table, as well as the Aruz and X70.

Now, let’s get down to business. The Rocky/Raize is sized closer to A-segment norm, measuring a hair under four metres long and 1.7 metres wide. The Binyue, on the other hand, is in proper B-segment territory, being a whopping 335 mm longer and over 100 mm wider. The Geely is also longer in terms of wheelbase (2,600 mm versus 2,525 mm), while its lower height (1,609 mm versus 1,620 mm) adds to its overtly sporty look.

The Binyue’s increased dimensions should translate to greater room inside, as well as a larger boot (Geely doesn’t quote boot space). The Japanese cars counter that by having a false floor that can be removed to reveal a deep well – which can be used to hold houseplants and other tall items – although Perodua’s version will probably have a full-sized spare wheel residing within that well instead.

The Binyue is also better equipped, available with a variety of options not available on the Rocky/Raize, such as a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, an air purifier and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. And while the other cars get a nine-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay functionality, the Binyue adds a 10.25-inch display outfitted with the Geely Key User Interface (GKUI) and the much-vaunted voice control system.

Safety-wise, both cars are available with the prerequisite six airbags and stability control, plus an assortment of driver assistance systems. Both get autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, but only the Binyue has lane keeping assist for Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capability, as well as blind spot monitoring and a full park assist system (the Rocky/Raize twins only provide steering assistance). But it’s not all bad for the other two, as they get the pedal misapplication control feature that’s missing on the Geely.

The powertrain is another area where the Binyue scores highly against the Rocky/Raize. Even the base 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder is significantly more muscular compared to the equivalent engine in the others – with 134 hp and 205 Nm of torque, the Geely makes 37 hp and 65 Nm more. In China, this engine is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, whereas the Daihatsu/Toyota are offered only with a CVT.

Interiors of the Toyota Raize (left) and Geely Binyue (right)

Step up to the 174 hp/255 Nm 1.5 litre unit – developed in conjunction with Volvo, no less – and the gulf grows to 77 hp and 115 Nm, and you also gain the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This is the most likely engine and gearbox option to be offered over in Malaysia, although China also has a plug-in hybrid model that we’ve not listed here.

As for Perodua, the 1.0 litre turbo mill is very much a possibility, but this being a conservative company, we’re expecting it to replace it with either the 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-pot from the Myvi and Aruz (paired to a four-speed automatic gearbox) or the hybrid system that was teased at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) last year. It also likely won’t sell the optional all-wheel drive system offered in Japan.

This being such an early stage for both the Perodua and Proton models, there’s no pricing information as yet, but these cars are expected to be significantly cheaper than both the Aruz and the X70, which retail from RM72,900 to RM77,900 and from RM99,800 to RM123,800 respectively. So what do you think of these two cars, and which would you get with your own money? Sound off in the comments section after the jump.

GALLERY: Toyota Raize


GALLERY: Geely Binyue