Perodua Ativa owner review – five months on, here’s what it’s like to actually own and live with the SUV

Perodua Ativa

Life. Never straightforward, is it? Even if yours is as straight as an arrow, the universe will find a way to make it um, more interesting. Cue Covid, which upended the world and its ways.

If you told me in 2019 that I’d be here writing an owner’s review of an SUV, never mind one that has a CVT, I’d have asked you to take a Himalayan hike. But here I am, five months into Perodua Ativa ownership and responding to the bosses’ request for an account.

It’s from a unique perspective – given where I’m coming from (pre-Covid, I had two manual coupes), my history (this is my first ever automatic), my status (no family, I don’t need more than two seats) and my job (despite all of the above, I’m familiar with SUVs) – so my notes might not be applicable to everyone. What’s annoying to me may be invisible to you, vice versa.

Also, it’s my first time reviewing a car that I own, and I realise that it’s very different from the review of a test unit, which we typically borrow for a few days. Living with a car for an extended period means that some initial observations are amplified with time, some become non-issues, some things matter more and some less. The daily routine has unearthed new points, too.

As such, what I think of the Ativa today might differ from my first impressions, as well as Hafriz’s review. Once again, these are personal views from a unique perspective and usage, and points raised may not apply to others.

Why the Ativa?

Perodua Ativa

Without going into too much detail, priorities changed, my car life needed a reset, and the Ativa is a candidate that fulfils my current needs from a daily ride.

I experimented with a Myvi and King Unicorn (surely the G3 1.3L manual is rarer than Ferraris) was the perfect pandemic partner – eminently practical and fantastically frugal, while expertly blending into a sparse landscape (remember the early MCO days?), even in Peppermint Green.

It quickly became clear that the base Myvi is my personal base point – it’s the cheapest current car that I’m OK with. The Axia/Bezza I can’t do, the Saga is too slow and the Persona too ugly. The Iriz loses out to the Myvi on too many crucial areas to be viable. The Myvi served me well, but I wanted something better than base – right on cue Perodua launched the Ativa.

The Ativa’s tech was the main draw. No one could have imagined a Perodua with a downsized turbo engine, safety/driver assist features that were unheard of below RM100k (this was before the Myvi G3 facelift) and Lexus-level Matrix LED lights. I also like the design, which is rather unique for an urban SUV – the exterior is more square-cut than the norm, while the interior is a little quirky with its sharp edges, geometric pattern and red accents. The RM70k price tag was the clincher.

Current state of play

Perodua Sentral is a comfy place to work and wait (coffee is my own); click to see the Covid SOPs

I collected my Granite Grey AV in September 2021 and have been daily driving it for five months now. As of January 31, the odometer reading is 6,889 km.

I’m fortunate to be living just 6km away from Perodua Sentral, the brand’s flagship 4S centre in Petaling Jaya, and have made three visits with the Ativa so far (collection, 1,000 km inspection, countermeasure). I covered the launch of this 4S centre back in 2015 and have been sending the Myvi there for servicing too – each time I leave impressed.

P2 Sentral’s waiting lounge is spacious and comfortable, and the frontline staff professional. I usually work there while waiting, and the decent WiFi is appreciated. My car is always ready before the estimated wait time, too. Snacks and water are provided, but a coffee machine would be nice. All in all, no complaints.

Issues

Perodua Ativa

Let’s start with what many are here for, the negatives. No car is perfect, and I do have a list of “if onlys” for my daily. I’ve just had a weekend with a RM1.35 million sex siren of a car and can’t recommend it without major caveats, so there you go.

Some things have continued to bug me five months on and some have faded into normalcy. The Ativa’s ride comfort sits somewhere in between. I’m pleased with its high speed ride and stability – for me, the suspension strikes a good balance and is never boat-like soft, and there’s no occasional sideways rocking that some bigger SUVs exhibit.

It’s the daily low speed ride on bad surfaces that could be better. I feel that the jolts are too big, and the car hops over horizontal joints and lands with a thud.

My daily route has a lot of speed bumps, and the Ativa’s rear end jumps over these and lands hard with a thump. The Myvi leaps over the same humps with cushioned travel, and I’m used to this level of abandon – to have to go slower over obstacles in an SUV kind of defeats the purpose of a taller and tougher vehicle IMO.

Perodua Ativa

This initial shock to my routine (literally) was compounded by a clunking noise from the rear right wheel, a loose metal sound that surfaced over road imperfections. It’s a known problem and the fix is the addition of a washer to the rear brake drum assembly. I had this done on November 18 after raising a ticket and the sound is gone.

So, less hopping and more damping would be good. The Ativa’s not very sophisticated ride is at odds with what otherwise feels like a very modern, high tech car, so it’s a bummer.

Another issue that I can’t switch off to is the seatbelt that digs into my neck. The Ativa lacks the Myvi’s seatbelt height adjustment (I always slide it to the lowest), and I suspect this is why we don’t get along well. A pain in the neck, literally.

The other negatives are minor ones. Radio reception is patchy and possibly poorer than any car I’ve tried, and it’s not like I live in the boondocks. Also, at low and parking speeds, stepping on the brake pedal releases an “air compression” or friction kind of sound. While it doesn’t affect braking performance, it’s pretty audible and can be classified as a minor irritation.

No issue, just me

The points in this section are more to do with adaptation coming from the Myvi rather than failings on the Ativa’s part. The former was my pandemic war machine, and its myriad practical features were all fully utilised and appreciated.

The Ativa is the first Perodua to come with a central armrest, and while that’s a great (and much desired) addition, having it between the front seats means there’s no place for P2’s signature “handbag hook”, which debut in the Axia in 2014. The Myvi also has pockets on the front seat sides. Back then, I used all of these for my daily combat gear – caps, pen, masks, USB cable.

The Myvi’s front seat backs have built-in “tapau hooks”, which are missing here. The Ativa’s supplied hooks that sit at the base of the headrests are downright useless – way too short and tight. A trip to Mr DIY solved the issue, but the cheap fix is not a very elegant solution. Hooks aside, I’d still choose the armrest over the Myvi’s clever seat storage ideas – the Ativa is a cruiser and the sacrifice is worth it.

A note on the Ativa’s fuel consumption. My mostly urban cycle has returned anywhere from 13 to 15 km/l. While this is some way off the official claimed ECE rating of 18.9 km/l, a few km/l drop in the real world is expected. Initially, I saw my FC results as “bad”, but that’s only because I was coming down from a 1.3L manual Myvi, where 16 km/l would be considered meh.

With more time and perspective, I’m now fully at peace with 14 km/l returns from my light-footed driving style, which is actually pretty good considering the Ativa’s brick of a front shape and the performance it has. That’s better than many non-Peroduas on the urban run, something I forgot while living in Myviland.

Non-issue for me

Perodua Ativa

Everyone talks about the vibration of the three-cylinder engine, but it’s just not a thing for me, even in the early days. This needs some explanation and context.

No doubt, the vibration is there, but it’s not what you might think, and I reckon that you’ll only notice it if you’re actively looking out for it. If I’m wearing my car reviewer hat for a weekend test drive, this would be a bigger deal than it is now, in a long-term ownership report.

In any case, it’s faint but noticeable during idle, slightly more so when in D than in N, which is my default traffic light position. Where might you feel it? The pedals and the seat base, occasionally. It’s nowhere near the visible shaking of the Axia and Bezza, and the idle is actually very quiet. I’ve been in premium brand cars with direct-injection engines that have more intrusive idling, no thanks to engine clatter.

Are four-cylinders always better? No. I was recently given some valuable perspective by the latest Proton Iriz/Persona facelift. That four-pot literally breathes through the steering rim – you can feel the vibes rise with rpm, and because P1’s CVT doesn’t calm down during a highway cruise, the steering wheel is a constant vibrator. The Ativa cruises like a Rolls-Royce in comparison.

Turbo + CVT in a Perodua

Do you realise that the CVT – often maligned by car guys – is no longer an alternative gearbox but the default and majority transmission around? Do a head count. Most Toyotas and Hondas use it, Proton has been on it for some time now, the Ativa has it, and Malaysia’s best-selling car has just shifted from 4AT to CVT.

Perhaps it’s because we get to sample various cars, but I’m used to CVTs (despite only losing my automatic transmission virginity in 2021) and have long stopped hating on the stepless box on non-enthusiast cars. In fact, I like its efficiency, and my personal driving style doesn’t bring out the worse in CVTs.

A firm but brief squeeze of the throttle is all that’s needed to get up to speed in the Ativa. The low speed response is a bit excitable and if you stomp hard in cut and thrust driving, it gets a bit growly. The key is to maintain momentum and be gradual with the gas, easing in and out of it instead of treating the pedal like an on/off switch.

Perodua Ativa

The turbo and CVT combine for very efficient use of power, which makes the Ativa a rather swift and effortless car – performance wise, it’s better than expected and fast enough for me, so much so that I never use the PWR button or manual mode, just the occasional shift to S for instant bursts of acceleration.

The part I like best about the D-CVT is its nature of going into “coast mode” whenever possible, making for serene long distance cruising (110 km/h is done around 2,500 rpm). Yes, it’s not the quietest or most torque converter automatic-like CVT around (versus Japanese brands, no programmed steps here), but I’m fine with that. The buzzy intensity of the Iriz/Persona CVT provided me with context and appreciation for what I have.

A word on the turbo. Don’t let that word lead you to hot hatch dreamland because it’s nothing like that, not even a VW TSI-style experience. The boost is there for efficiency, to make it easier to get the car up to speed, which in turn delivers good fuel efficiency. There’s no kick in the back, but that huge digital speedo might rise faster than you’d think. Cock your ears for the old school whistle, too.

Unconventional design

Remember the CBU Nautica? Daihatsu design bloodline is obvious when both are side-by-side

With all the negatives over and done with, here’s what I like about the Ativa. As one of the few owners who have seen the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize in the metal before Perodua launched the D55L, I’m surprised that I actually prefer the Ativa’s face. IMO, even the P2’s profile is slightly better with the less abrupt bumper cuts at both ends.

Preferring the looks of P over D and T is one thing. Actually liking it surprises me till today. You see, I’m not really an SUV kind of guy. Even for sedans, I would have to rewind five cars back to reach one (E36 3 Series). I’m a sucker for sleek shapes – low is good, the fewer doors the better, a roadster to come later. Personally, I like my coupes curvy and SUVs boxy.

Now, the Ativa is no Jimny, but the design is quite unique for an urban SUV. These things are usually quite rounded – they either look like slightly larger superminis (Renault Captur) or have swoopy lines and falling rooflines (Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3). That’s the trend, but I much prefer the tall bluff face, straight beltline and clean/high sides of the Ativa. Even for hatchbacks, I’ve always preferred a straight rear glass (VW Golf) over a slope (think Mk2 Ford Focus, Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback), and the square-cut Ativa delivers.

Perodua Ativa

A random shot of the smallest SUV you can buy vs the biggest – the Rolls-Royce Cullinan

But it’s far from a boring box with no design. The prominent wheelarches (rims are well-sized at 17″) and the chamfer along the wheelbase prevents the profile from looking slab-sided (see the night shot above), while the kink at the rear end provides visual interest, and dare I say, some muscle.

That’s my favourite part, along with the C pillars that break up the side glass panels. This “fin” is uncommon, and it reminds me of the Land Rover Discovery Sport (and the Freelander before it). The Mercedes-Benz GLE has the same pillar style too. This detail adds character and really sets the Ativa apart in the SUV field.

The Ativa is smaller than your average B-SUV, but the design makes it look larger than it is, unlike say, the Captur. The only angle where it looks its dimensions is head on, where the Perodua appears narrow and tall. Like the Myvi, I bought this as a tool, so I’m surprised at how often I’m looking at it after parking.

Perodua Ativa

The interior is also individualistic in design, eschewing the popular Audi-like horizontal style that the HR-V brought into the SUV class. No smooth flowing lines, flashes of chrome and high centre console here – instead, it’s geometric shapes, sharp edges, nooks and crannies. It’s quite a funky dash, and I can imagine that some might be turned off by the riot of elements, preferring a cleaner look.

I’m OK with this unconventional approach, and feel that it adds to the unique design character. Going for the AV nets you red highlights on the side air con vents, centre tunnel cubbies and door handles (curiously, the H gets only the door bits); this seemingly small touch – together with the red accented leather seats – lifts the cabin ambience considerably.

Instead of boring piano black, the gear area is surrounded by a 3D geometric surface that reminds me of Seiko’s Presage Sharp Edged dials. No explanation from Perodua or Daihatsu, but the watchmaker says that its dial work is based on Asanoha, a Japanese hemp leaf pattern. This flourish is repeated in the crevices surrounding the upper screens.

Speaking of screens, the 7.0-inch fully digital instrument panel gives the Ativa a high-tech ambience. It’s super clear too, with a fixed large digital speedo and couple of preset tacho/trip designs. Adding to the advanced feel is the big (9.0-inch) touchscreen and a full complement of steering buttons. There’s just one blank on the left spoke – a “Mute” button would have been perfect.

Cockpit design aside, I like the Ativa’s relatively high seating position – that’s the point of an SUV, isn’t it? A high perch isn’t a given with modern crossovers – the Hyundai Kona I recently drove felt no different from a regular hatchback, for instance. Lastly, I’m happy that Perodua retained the air-con memory buttons that I enjoyed in the Myvi.

There’s no pretence of premium here – not in the design, nor in the hard plastics – but I’m fine with that as the Ativa is merely a tool (for me). For those who want to feel atas, I think that the Proton X50 does a much better job in both look and feel, but it is a more expensive car at the end of the day – the price difference between the Ativa AV and X50 Flagship is an Axia. I’m curious – those with plush dashboard surfaces, do you ever touch it again after the first time?

So cheap, much kit

You know it by now. Perodua’s ASA safety pack is now in version 3.0 and is standard across the Ativa board along with Lane Departure Warning and Prevention (LDW). The AV goes semi-autonomous with the addition of Lane Keep Control (LKC), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This level of safety and driver assist was unprecedented in a car below RM100k, until Perodua outdid themselves with the Myvi facelift, which tops out at RM58,800.

BSM and AEB were things that I was specifically looking for in my next car. I’ve not had the chance to use ACC yet, but it will be good support on long distance drives. Ditto LDW, which I’ve turned off for daily driving.

Unlike most of the ADAS features, Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) impresses me everyday. These Matrix LED-style, Lexus-level lights are super effective – compared to similar systems in costlier cars, I feel that ADB is very eager to go maximum at every available opportunity. The downside is that once you’re used to this level of lighting, it’s hard for your eyes to do without it. Oh, and because the headlamps sit quite high, the foglamps (LEDs) actually make a difference.

The top-spec JDM Daihatsu Rocky has an electronic parking brake and auto brake hold

Still, I do have a small wishlist. For me, auto brake hold is one of the most practical modern car features, but it can only come with an electronic parking brake. Not unrealistic, as the top-spec JDM Daihatsu Rocky Hybrid has EPB (requires a new centre console), and so does the new Toyota Veloz MPV in Indonesia.

A mute button and electrochromic rear view mirror would be nice, too. That’s about it, kit-wise.

Conclusion

I think it’s pretty obvious that I don’t think of the Ativa as a perfect car. Then again, how can perfection be yours for only RM70k? That sum buys a lot of car, though. A downsized turbo engine, an efficient gearbox, all the safety I need and more, plus the bonus of unconventional design that tickles my fancy.

What’s better is that the Ativa isn’t just a lot of car, but a good car as well. Yes, there are a few things that I think could be better, but they pale in comparison to the positives. On the whole, it’s ticking off more boxes than I expected a tool to, and I’m thankful that a car of this level came from Perodua, which is a sure bet for affordability and reliability.

It’s still early days, but I foresee the Ativa occupying my daily driver slot for a few more years at the very least.

GALLERY: Perodua Ativa AV

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

Comments

  • Loke KY on Feb 01, 2022 at 6:48 am

    Danny Yan, love your Ativa owner’s review. You’re spot-on. I’m into my 11th month of the AV ownership…..just one word… it’s worth the RM70k+. Great for city driving. Just hated the poor radio reception and eco-idle (even though you could turn it off)…..and without the DRL. Horn also sounding a bit apologetic. overall performance, ride and handling are good enough too.

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    • Safety First on Feb 01, 2022 at 7:18 pm

      Perodua fanboys can talk about safety til the cows come home but they failed badly when the car does not even come with the most basic safety feature of all: The DRL.

      Bad call Perodua! You do not think about SAFETY!

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      • Spin Too Much on Feb 03, 2022 at 12:27 am

        That’s on the verge of being scandalous. Everybody is certainly looking forward to see a copy of your safety report to the authorities about this issue, posted on the social media.

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        • Veyron Owner on Feb 04, 2022 at 12:03 am

          Did P2 gave 2nd gen Myvi DRL? Yes.
          Did P2 lack DRL in myvi 3rd gen just to reinstall them in facelift? Yes.
          Did P2 lack DRL in Ativa? Yes.
          So what is scandalous about the truth other than the facts are truly scandalous and P2 should be shamed?

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          • Spin Too Much on Feb 04, 2022 at 12:35 pm

            Do you mean our self proclaimed safety expert’s report will say that P2 cars will crash straight away without DRLs? Of course, a Bugatti owner like you always tend to have some negative perception of lower level brands like P1 & P2 that’s usually imagined.

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    • Ex-Veyron Owner on Feb 01, 2022 at 10:56 pm

      Exactly broo. Got one Ativa for my college going GF. She loving it, i love her too…

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      • Ryan Lee on Mar 28, 2023 at 11:32 am

        Me too bro, i love her too, thanks for the car btw she used it to fetch me from gym

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    • A truly remarkable article written by a fanboy for the fanboys including the obligatory swooning, the obligatory bashing of inferior but cheaper competitors, the obligatory glossing over of its faults, the obligatory comparison of better cars from others, and looking at below the obligatory draw of fanboys ‘protecting’ their favourite from criticism.

      This article is spot-on… as a fanboy wet dream. It doesn’t help much for those looking to buy a proper SUV tho.

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  • Brian on Feb 01, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Basically, a user trying to justify his bad purchase. We geddit.

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    • Brian on Feb 01, 2022 at 12:52 pm

      Perodua is a good car brand too! Why do you hate Perodua so much? Learn to respect people’s choices.

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      • Copy Paste on Feb 02, 2022 at 10:51 pm

        Copy paste: “You mention no car is perfect in your article and every car has flows and yet the reasons you include for selecting myvi as the base of your choice are also merely flows (didn’t even mention bezza, axia and Iriz).

        It sounds like you are trying to justify your decision of buying Ativa with reasons that contradict your own justifications for not buying other cars.”

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      • Brian on Feb 02, 2022 at 11:46 pm

        I know you like the nick but you should try get your own.
        About the brand, respect is earned and not being shoved what is better. How does comparing a more expensive car with cheaper Myvi, Iriz & Persona then calling a better car earn any shred of respect? A Merc GLE by virtue of its price tag is defo better than Ativa. Duhhh!
        When the writer start to compare cars of similar pricing & segments, laying out the merits of each, before making judgement, that is when he earn MY respect.
        And when you start to use your own original nick, that is when you earn MY respect.

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        • Bro, no point u complain so much about who is whose original nick until the cows come home. PT already gave a disclaimer at the top before u post comment. Just register & then settle la, bro.

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    • PlainBS on Feb 02, 2022 at 9:20 am

      That’s why I’ve been saving up for Cullinan for quite some time now.

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  • Ahmad Hanif bin Ahmad Din on Feb 01, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Floor needs attention

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  • MHK I on Feb 01, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    “those with plush dashboard surfaces, do you ever touch it again after the first time?”

    Yes I do, and the feeling of satisfaction of a good purchase extended into when I accidentally tapped on it, but there’s no cheap sound coming of it.

    You know you purchased a good car when you don’t really question about it.

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  • seashell on Feb 01, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Better than Aruz

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  • Because it also comes with better technology and more safety features that you have for Ativa.

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  • Norman Lim on Feb 01, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    I love this article. It is superb.

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  • Besi Busuk on Feb 01, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    “The Axia/Bezza I can’t do, the Saga is too slow and the Persona too ugly. The Iriz loses out to the Myvi on too many crucial areas to be viable.”

    You mention no car is perfect in your article and every car has flows and yet the reasons you include for selecting myvi as the base of your choice are also merely flows (didn’t even mention bezza, axia and Iriz).

    It sounds like you are trying to justify your decision of buying Ativa with reasons that contradict your own justifications for not buying other cars.

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  • Huck Phin on Feb 01, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Would smaller wheels and thicker tyres help with the ride?

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    • I like the way you think. bigger tyre walls mean more cushioning. Also, I think the ativa looks more handsome and SUV-ish by having big tyre walls like the cheapest and lowest spec.

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    • Passion on Jun 06, 2022 at 9:00 pm

      Yup the basic model comes with higher walled tyres.

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  • lol trying so hard to justify it and bashing every other cars you can. sequential led signal is very cheap to produce now if you didn’t know

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  • You really should concentrate on the Ativa and not letting the world to know how much you hate Proton.

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    • jusknittin on Feb 03, 2022 at 3:36 pm

      I know right? Why it took you 5-6 months to write up an owner’s review then compare to other cars that you don’t even own, let alone used daily for 5-6 months? Furthermore, “ugly” is subjective and not a crucial part of the selecting process if you’re safety-first guy. If you ask me, I personally feel the Ativa is “ugly”. If I choose a car because of looks alone, I won’t be buying a Bezza 3 years ago – which I thought was ugly-looking since it’s first launch. Even the new Bezza only “facelifted” my view of it’s ugliness slightly, get it?

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  • Below RM80k better buy:-
    1. Honda City Hatchback 1.5 S (2022)
    2. Toyota Yaris 1.5J (2020)
    3. Nissan Almera Turbo 1.0 VL (2020)
    4. Proton X50 1.5T Standard (2020)

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  • Anonymous on Feb 01, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    You definitely can get 18km/L range with that turbo engine. Instead of treating the throttle pedal like driving an NA car, try quickly get off the line to your desired cruising speed i.e. 130kmh, and then just feather the throttle (off the boost). The engine is capable to maintain that speed without hassle for sure. It will make sense if you have a boost gauge with you. That’s how i get that 18km/L range. Happy boosting.

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  • Ativa I City owner on Feb 01, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the write up. Pretty lengthy and thorough. Ativa GG owner since April and I’m quite impressed with the car too. It’s not without its quirks but it’s quite a good looking car too.

    Mine is decked with all manners of lights so it stands out especially in the dark.

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    • towel on Feb 04, 2022 at 10:10 am

      “Mine is decked with all manners of lights so it stands out especially in the dark.” .. so, it’s basically a lorry now? A short one.

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  • Susukotak on Feb 01, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Beza 4km penggunaan minyak tu banyak. Boleh tak kpdnkk buat verify. Jika salah O2, patut ada denda kerana promosi dengan maklumat salah.

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  • Ongmali on Feb 01, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for the well written owner’s review.
    I personally feel is a good car for the price.
    The only question remains is the long term reliability, which swings in favour of Myvi at this point.

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  • svherman on Feb 01, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Not my cup of tea car-wise but wanted to commend the writer on a great review.

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  • allan on Feb 01, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Hi….got my Ativa back in April 2021, the car is good, just that the A-beam/pillar is way to wide, auto Head-light switch shud be at the bottom, not in btwn small-light n off. when the car has been idling for quite a while, can feel a loss of power, engine not so responsive…..or is just my Ativa? head-rest hook,what purposed does it serve, i have to visit Mr.Diy to get a proper hook for hanging anything……suspension is hard/stiff…..

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  • Safety First on Feb 01, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Perodua fanboys can talk about safety til the cows come home but they failed badly when the car does not even come with the most basic safety feature of all: The DRL.

    Bad call Perodua! You do not think about SAFETY!

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    • Spin Too Much on Feb 03, 2022 at 12:28 am

      That’s on the verge of being scandalous. Everybody is certainly looking forward to see a copy of your safety report to the authorities about this issue, posted on the social media.

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  • D-CVT, yes is noisy, always like that
    but
    better than outdated 4AT,
    gives better for fuel consumption and power

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  • Horn Horn on Feb 01, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    Well-said review from P2 owner

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  • Mr Land on Feb 01, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Nice anyways!!

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  • I totally agree on the sound especially on uneven road at slow speed, it’s too awful to hear (even the 3-pot vibration is far less noticeable). Other than that, wish they had kept the original player, the air-conditioner head unit (it just look out of place and ugly), no proper cup area at the center for warm drinks and the soft & too long travel brakes. And lastly, their tyre shortage is worrying unless you get one different width to fit the rim.

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  • John YL on Feb 02, 2022 at 9:08 am

    A good write up Danny, very detailed briefing about your car and enjoyed reading your car ownership experience. Well done, happy CNY!

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  • tricycle on Feb 02, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Need, auto hold function, ACC with stop and go function. Then this will be the perfect car at its price.

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  • Owner Ativa on Feb 02, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Perodua cba nk up Ativa.. sbb jualan xbper ok.. kecik sempit gila.. turbo 1.0 kuat minyak.. almira pun turbo 1.0 tp minyak jimat.

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Feb 02, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Esteemed PT writer absolutely correct n spot on.

    After 30years, we Locals so shameful still can’t get it right. That Proton Iriz/Persona facelift, the steering wheel is a constant vibrator. The Ativa cruises like a Rolls-Royce in comparison…. Syabas P2!

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    • PlainBS on Feb 02, 2022 at 10:52 pm

      When you compare Ativa to a Rolls, it just shows your plain BSing here.

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      • Angry Voters on Feb 03, 2022 at 11:04 am

        Never mind that. After u get your Cullinan, pls give us your car owner’s review. Thank u.

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    • Brian on Feb 02, 2022 at 11:50 pm

      There is a hypothetical question “What if Daihatsu/Toyota pulls out from Perodua?”
      Can P2 rely on its CKD car assembly knowledge to truly build a car from scratch, ie body design + chassis + engine like P1 had done?

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      • Angry Voters on Feb 03, 2022 at 11:19 am

        More hypothetical questions:
        1. What if Geely pulls out of Proton?
        2. Can Proton just rely on its costly build from a car from scratch know-how to be financially sustainable without a strategic partner & without relying on govt funding?
        3. Would Daihatsu actually want to pull out of Perodua, and would Geely actually want to pull out of Proton, when there’s a risk of jeopardising the strategic business development in South East Asia for each case?

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        • Copy Paste on Feb 04, 2022 at 12:08 am

          Copy paste: “Hypothetical question, “What if Daihatsu sold its shares in Perodua?” Would they go back to their…oh wait…Perodua has never built its own engine nor its own chassis so it would be left with butkus!”

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          • Hypothetically it would depend on to whom Daihatsu sold its P2 shares to. Most likely another manufacturer.. Suzuki?

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  • Truckers on Feb 02, 2022 at 11:00 am

    If it rides & handles well on tarmac it is not a SUV but simply a tall car. Try going off road with this pretender. The Nautica is what you would call a more proper SUV.

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    • Safety First on Feb 03, 2022 at 12:53 am

      There is no universally accepted definition of the SUV or sport utility vehicle. Dictionaries, automotive experts, and journalists use varying wordings and defining characteristics, in addition to regional variations of usage by both the media and the general public. The auto industry also has not settled on one definition of the SUV. The actual term “Sport Utility Vehicle” did not come into wide popular usage until the late 1980s. Before then, such vehicles were marketed as four-wheel drives, jeeps, station wagons, or other monikers.

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  • Wow, never knew the Ativa had a full-sized spare tire

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  • Roti john on Feb 03, 2022 at 10:04 am

    “The Saga is too slow and the Persona too ugly. The Iriz loses out to the Myvi on too many crucial areas to be viable. ”
    This is the reason why Perodua cars sold more than Proton. Perodua cars are trully game-changing cars

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    • Avenger on Feb 03, 2022 at 11:56 pm

      See below comment. Nuff said

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    • jusknittin on Feb 07, 2022 at 10:46 am

      Nah, you’re just a fanatic. Get on the fence once in a while and think. “The Saga is too slow..” compared to Ativa that have a turbo? “.. the Persona too ugly..”, being mentioned time and time again, “ugly” is not a technical spec and your “ugly” vs my “ugly” is different. If you ask me personally, I care about the interior a lot more than the exterior. It’s not like you’re driving OUTSIDE the car. “The Iriz loses out to the Myvi on too many crucial areas to be viable..”, on paper? Let me reiterate, how can someone who don’t own any of these two and drive it daily to tell which one really “loses out”?

      P/S: I know that the writer said he “can’t do the Axia/Bezza” but that’s about it, so why go the extra mile to on Proton models? I’m pretty sure Axia is slower than Saga and Bezza (1.3) with pretty much identical performance. And don’t even say “Axia segment is different la”, mind you the Axia AV price is 1500+ more expensive than Saga Premium so it’s not about the segment.

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  • Beauty is subjective. For me, Ativa is one of the most ugliest car around.

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  • Ruslan Bahari on Feb 03, 2022 at 10:47 am

    I suppose the account is realistic, although as the writer admits, it is early days. And yes, it does come off a bit like the writer hates Proton. It is a choice, so I won’t slay the writer for it.

    I am a fan of both brands. They have their gems, and they have their nasties. Their gems have more plusses than minuses, their nasties the reverse. For P1, I love the X series, own and love their Iriz, think the Persona is way better after Geely. Their Saga is selling well but to me, it needs to be way better to get my money. For P2, the MyVi takes some beating but the rest of the range is meh. I like the Ativa too, especially from a value perspective.

    I don’t particularly like P2 calling itself a national car when it does not have any ground-up car made in Malaysia (from design to assembly) but hey, that’s their business model. I do think they should start going about as a true OEM though; surely the years of re-badging have paid off, unless the Japs are still wholly in charge? I urge them to challenge themselves.

    P1? I admit I have a soft spot for it as I grew up in awe of Malaysia as a car manufacturer. They have definitely had their downs (some argue they are still there), but I like the work coming out of Tanjung Malim these days. Yes, they re-badge too (everyone does), but at least the Persona, Iriz, Saga and Exora are home-grown; these cars may have had a difficult childhood but as they grew older, they have turned out to be much better, and earning their keep from many Malaysians these days.

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    • Veyron Owner on Feb 04, 2022 at 12:00 am

      P2 are like fresh fruit. Gr8 at start but goes rotten soon enough.
      P1 are like wine. Not good at 1st but ages well with time.

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      • Spin Too Much on Feb 04, 2022 at 12:05 pm

        You already own a Bugatti. You must be not firing on all cylinders to even bother going down to P1 & P2 level.

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  • tatu880 on Feb 03, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    I can’t stand the red cladding cheapo PU leather in the AV spec. The H spec’s interior looks miles better than the AV.

    And the new Myvi AV’s red interior looks even more cheapo and hideous!

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  • With new Myvi having same transmission with Ativa, is there any significant reason to choose Ativa over Myvi besides design?
    (Engine less relevant due to similar fuel consumption)

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  • Bonestickz on Mar 12, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Did KL-Kluang mostly on the ACC set at 100-110km/h and smooth traffic, only then I was able to hit 18km/L. Extremely HATE the radio reception.

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  • Mikulan on Mar 22, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    I Sold my persona and bought ativa X, so far ok lar, hope can last long.

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  • Hmm..i search in mudah and hmm…
    banyak used ativa for sale?

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  • i would definitely like to have a electronic parking brake for ativa, the brake and hold features would a very huge plus point for me.

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  • I hate the Ativas on the road when driving at night, the headlamps are just too glaring, there should be a recall by Perodua to remove this road vision hazard from the road for the safety of all road users @JPJ

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