Perodua Ativa Archive

  • Perodua Ativa – 6k bookings, over 100 units registered

    Even those who aren’t into cars – like my curious neighbours – know that Perodua has just launched a new SUV. It’s only March, but the Perodua Ativa should easily be the biggest car launch of 2021 when we do our recap later. And from the initial figures, it won’t be long before the new model is everywhere around town.

    It’s one thing to launch a car, another thing to produce and deliver consistently. For instance, Honda reminded us yesterday that it has delivered close to 13,000 units of the fifth-generation City as of February. Meanwhile, the much-hyped Proton X50, which was also launched in October 2020, has found 8,141 homes.

    Back to Perodua. We’ve got the latest figures from the market leader, and as of 3pm today (March 5), it has collected 6,027 bookings for the Ativa since order taking started on February 19. This time two days ago, the evening of the launch, they had some 5k names, so it’s 1k extra in slightly more than a day.

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    It’s one thing to collect bookings, another thing to deliver. After nearly two days of sales, as of 4.30pm today (March 5), Perodua has registered 102 units of the SUV. It’s worth noting that unlike many major new models from other brands, the Ativa’s teaser/pre-launch booking period was very short (less than two weeks) and prospects didn’t get to see/test till after the launch.

    We are genuinely surprised that there are some who think that the Ativa – priced from RM61,500 to RM72,000 on-the-road with SST exemption, without insurance – is expensive. This is an SUV with the latest DNGA platform, a turbo engine, a novel D-CVT gearbox, ASA 3.0/AEB across the board, adaptive LED headlamps, and Level 2 semi-autonomous tech in the AV – were you expecting Myvi prices?

    Seems like the actual carbuyers in the market do not share the same sentiments – as of last week, 75% of bookings were for the range topper, and most of those AV buyers went for the pearl colours (red or white) with a black roof, which is a double cost option. This trend is expected to continue.

    For more details on the new Perodua Ativa, check out our launch report and first impressions review. The spec-by-spec breakdown is below, as are galleries of all three variants (plus GearUp accessories, all pics after the jump) and a detailed walk-around video.

    2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0T X – RM61,500

    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.0 litre 1KR-VET VVT-i DOHC engine
    • 998 cc turbocharged three-cylinder petrol
    • 98 PS at 6,000 rpm, 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm
    • D-CVT with seven virtual ratios
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Automatic engine stop/start
    • 18.9 km per litre fuel consumption
    • Ventilated discs brakes (front), drums (rear)
    • MacPherson strut suspension (front), torsion beam (rear)

    Exterior

    • LED reflector headlights with automatic high beam
    • Silver upper grille bar, chrome lower bar
    • 16-inch silver alloy wheels with Goodyear Assurance Triplemax 2 205/65-section tyres
    • Power-adjustable black door mirrors with manual fold
    • Body-coloured door handles
    • Black A- and B-pillars
    • LED taillights
    • Shark fin antenna
    • Silver tailgate garnish
    • Glittering Silver, Granite Grey and Cobalt Blue colour options

    Interior

    • Keyless entry
    • Push-button start
    • Urethane steering wheel with Power button
    • Silver centre air vent trim
    • Black door pulls and grab handles
    • Digital air-conditioning controls with memory buttons
    • Centre door lock/unlock buttons
    • Fabric upholstery
    • Analogue instrument cluster with multi-info display
    • Radio with Bluetooth connectivity
    • Four speakers
    • Two front USB ports
    • 60:40 split-folding and reclining rear seats
    • Two-step boot floor (303 to 369 litres)
    • Full-sized spare tyre

    Safety

    • Six airbags (front, side, front and rear curtain)
    • ABS with EBD and brake assist
    • Stability control
    • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection (now up to 120 km/h)
    • Lane Departure Warning and Protection
    • Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC)
    • Front Departure Alert (FDA)
    • Front and rear seat belt reminders
    • Rear ISOFIX child seat anchors
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating

    2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0T H – RM66,100

    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • Automatic LED headlights with sequential indicators, cornering lights and Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB)
    • LED front fog lights
    • Dual chrome grille bars
    • Silver front and rear skid plates
    • 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with Bridgestone Turanza T005A 205/60-section tyres
    • Automatic power-folding door mirrors
    • Chrome tailgate garnish
    • Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red colour options (RM500)

    Interior

    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Steering wheel audio controls
    • Silver corner air vent trim
    • Silver centre console trim
    • Silver door grab handles with red trim
    • Soft-touch centre armrest and door trim
    • Seven-inch digital instrument display
    • Nine-inch infotainment touchscreen with Smart Link screen mirroring
    • One front HDMI port
    • Two rear USB ports

    Safety

    • Front parking sensors
    • Reverse camera

    2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0T AV – RM71,200

    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • Chrome door handles
    • Black roof option for Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red (RM800)

    Interior

    • Red corner air vent highlights
    • Chrome door pulls
    • Chrome gearlever surround, silver gearknob trim
    • Chrome handbrake button
    • Red centre console storage compartments
    • Faux leather and suede upholstery with red highlights and headrest strip
    • Six speakers
    • Driving video recorder
    • Llumar security window tint

    Safety

    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Lane centring assist
    • Blind spot monitoring
    • Rear cross traffic alert

    Our full coverage of the launch of the Perodua Ativa

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  • 2021 Perodua Ativa SUV – spec-by-spec comparison

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would’ve known about the biggest launch of the year, the Perodua Ativa. The compact SUV debuted yesterday to much (virtual) fanfare and sets new standards for the national carmaker in terms of technology and safety.

    Perodua has made it easier for customers to pick the car they want, with just three variants and one engine and gearbox option. Still, it’s important to know what you get at each price point, and that’s where our spec-by-spec comparison comes in.

    First, let’s talk about pricing, which starts at RM61,500 for the base X model and rises up to RM66,100 for the mid-range H and RM71,200 for the top-spec AV. These figures are on-the-road without insurance or the sales and service tax (SST), inclusive of a five-year/150,000 km warranty.

    As you can expect for a full-fledged SUV priced just over RM60,000, the X variant looks fairly bare-bones, with small wheels, no fog lights, a plain black interior, a button-less steering wheel, fabric seats and a basic head unit. Even so, you do get most of what you need for your money, such as LED head- and taillights, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity and a digital air-conditioning control panel with memory buttons.

    Better yet, Perodua isn’t skimping on safety. Even the base model comes with six airbags and stability control, plus a new version of the carmaker’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) system. This includes autonomous emergency braking (now with cyclist detection and a higher operating speed of up to 120 km/h), lane keeping assist, lane departure warning and automatic high beam.

    It’s with the H variant where the company piles on the tech. Aside from the larger 17-inch wheels, the car also gets matrix LED headlights, which turns off parts of the high beam to avoid dazzling other road users. Inside, the biggest differences are the nine-inch infotainment touchscreen and a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, replete with multiple themes and novel birthday and anniversary reminders.

    But if it’s tech you want, you really have to spring for the AV. This one adds Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capability, roping in adaptive cruise control and lane centring assist. You also get blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert as part of the package. Visually, the AV is set apart by flashy faux leather and suede upholstery, with lots of red trim.

    No matter which one you go for, the powertrain is unchanged – a new 1.0 litre 1KR-VET turbocharged three-cylinder engine making 98 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm. All that is sent to the front wheels through a D-CVT (another Perodua first) with seven virtual ratios.

    For more details on the new Perodua Ativa, check out our full launch report and our first impressions review. You can also browse full specifications and equipment on CarBase.my. Without further ado, let’s get straight to the variant breakdown in detail.

    2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0T X – RM61,500

    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.0 litre 1KR-VET VVT-i DOHC engine
    • 998 cc turbocharged three-cylinder petrol
    • 98 PS at 6,000 rpm, 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm
    • D-CVT with seven virtual ratios
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Automatic engine stop/start
    • 18.9 km per litre fuel consumption
    • Ventilated discs brakes (front), drums (rear)
    • MacPherson strut suspension (front), torsion beam (rear)

    Exterior

    • LED reflector headlights with automatic high beam
    • Silver upper grille bar, chrome lower bar
    • 16-inch silver alloy wheels with Goodyear Assurance Triplemax 2 205/65-section tyres
    • Power-adjustable black door mirrors with manual fold
    • Body-coloured door handles
    • Black A- and B-pillars
    • LED taillights
    • Shark fin antenna
    • Silver tailgate garnish
    • Glittering Silver, Granite Grey and Cobalt Blue colour options

    Interior

    • Keyless entry
    • Push-button start
    • Urethane steering wheel with Power button
    • Silver centre air vent trim
    • Black door pulls and grab handles
    • Digital air-conditioning controls with memory buttons
    • Centre door lock/unlock buttons
    • Fabric upholstery
    • Analogue instrument cluster with multi-info display
    • Radio with Bluetooth connectivity
    • Four speakers
    • Two front USB ports
    • 60:40 split-folding and reclining rear seats
    • Two-step boot floor (303 to 369 litres)
    • Full-sized spare tyre

    Safety

    • Six airbags (front, side, front and rear curtain)
    • ABS with EBD and brake assist
    • Stability control
    • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection (now up to 120 km/h)
    • Lane Departure Warning and Protection
    • Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC)
    • Front Departure Alert (FDA)
    • Front and rear seat belt reminders
    • Rear ISOFIX child seat anchors
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating

    2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0T H – RM66,100

    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • Automatic LED headlights with sequential indicators, cornering lights and Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB)
    • LED front fog lights
    • Dual chrome grille bars
    • Silver front and rear skid plates
    • 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with Bridgestone Turanza T005A 205/60-section tyres
    • Automatic power-folding door mirrors
    • Chrome tailgate garnish
    • Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red colour options (RM500)

    Interior

    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Steering wheel audio controls
    • Silver corner air vent trim
    • Silver centre console trim
    • Silver door grab handles with red trim
    • Soft-touch centre armrest and door trim
    • Seven-inch digital instrument display
    • Nine-inch infotainment touchscreen with Smart Link screen mirroring
    • One front HDMI port
    • Two rear USB ports

    Safety

    • Front parking sensors
    • Reverse camera

    2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0T AV – RM71,200

    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • Chrome door handles
    • Black roof option for Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red (RM800)

    Interior

    • Red corner air vent highlights
    • Chrome door pulls
    • Chrome gearlever surround, silver gearknob trim
    • Chrome handbrake button
    • Red centre console storage compartments
    • Faux leather and suede upholstery with red highlights and headrest strip
    • Six speakers
    • Driving video recorder
    • Llumar security window tint

    Safety

    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Lane centring assist
    • Blind spot monitoring
    • Rear cross traffic alert

    Our full coverage of the launch of the Perodua Ativa

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  • Perodua Ativa turbo maintenance costs – similar to Myvi and Aruz, 50% less than Proton X50 over 100k km

    The Perodua Ativa has been launched, and if you want to know more about it, please check out our comprehensive launch report and supporting posts. The national brand’s latest compact B-segment SUV is certainly a bold step for the company, with plenty of firsts.

    A turbocharged engine, a D-CVT along with fancier active safety and driver assistance systems are just some of the technologies making their debut with the Ativa, but we’re not here to talk about any of that.

    Instead, this post is focusing on maintenance, specifically how much it’ll cost you to run an Ativa over 100,000 km or five years. We presume many people think it’ll be more expensive to maintain the Ativa’s turbo engine, so we’ll find out if it’s true.

    For some points of comparison, we’ve brought in the Aruz and Myvi as well, with both models likely being considered by customers in the market for a more premium Perodua car. Public interest also dictates that the Proton X50 must join the mix, so we threw it in as well.

    Before we proceed, there’s the typical housekeeping that we have to do first. Number one, the Ativa does not directly compete against any of the other models mentioned due to different customer profiles. This is purely meant to show how much it would cost to maintain these cars, and if the newer tech makes a difference.

    Secondly, all the figures are pulled from the official websites of Proton and Perodua at the time of writing. All good? Now, with that out of the way, let’s jump right into it.

    Right off the bat, we can see that among the Perodua trio, the difference in terms of maintenance costs isn’t hugely significant. Over a five-year ownership period, the Ativa, Myvi and Aruz will cost you about RM3.1k to RM3.2k to keep running.

    However, Perodua does suggest several Pro Care service items that are optional for the Myvi and Aruz, which it says is recommended to maintain your vehicle at optimum condition. In the case of the Myvi, adding all the Pro Care options across five years will add RM882 to the grand total, and it’s another RM738 for the Aruz.

    Perodua Ativa maintenance costs; click to enlarge

    It should be noted that the Ativa’s smaller 1KR-VET 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine requires less engine oil (3.5 litres), while the Myvi and Aruz’ 2NR-VE 1.5 litre NA four-cylinder needs four litres. Interestingly, despite the Ativa needing one less spark plug, the cost for a full set change is more than double that of its other stablemates, due to the need for higher-spec spark plugs to ensure the 1KR-VET’s multi-spark system (plugs spark twice) works as it should.

    A saving grace is the Ativa’s D-CVT requires less frequent lubricant changes – just once at 100,000 km/60 months – and its air filter is cheaper too, although cabin filter changes to happen more frequently.

    Between the front-wheel drive Myvi and rear-wheel drive Aruz, they are pretty close in terms of maintenance costs, despite the latter requiring additional lubricant for its rear differential. No timing belt changes for any of the Perodua cars either, as they all use a timing chain.

    As for the X50, it is certainly the costliest of the bunch, largely due to the more frequent air and fuel filter replacements – the latter is not needed for the Perodua models. It’s more premium N95 cabin filter is also more expensive, although you do get better filtration with it.

    Perodua Myvi maintenance costs (left), Aruz (right); click to enlarge

    The X50’s larger-capacity 1.5 litre turbo three-pot also requires more lubricant (all the cars mentioned here use low-viscosity, fully synthetic 0W-20 engine oil) and its more advanced seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission also contribute to its maintenance cost. Additionally, there’s a timing and drive belt change at the 110,000-km mark, which costs RM458.05 with labour. Proton does offer free labour for the first three service intervals, one more than what Perodua offers.

    As always, there’s more to overall running costs than just visiting the service centre, as you’ll also have to take into account annual insurance and road tax, which differs for SUVs and non-SUVs. For the Ativa, it’s RM20, but the Aruz and X50 road tax is RM120, while the Myvi (the only non-SUV model here) is RM90.

    Adding to this is fuel consumption, which differs from person to person. Referring to official claimed fuel consumption figures, the Ativa is rated at 18.9 km/l, the Aruz at 15.6 km/l, the Myvi at 20.1 km/l, while the X50 is between 15.4-15.6 km/l. As mentioned earlier, actual mileage may vary based on driving styles, but the claimed figures give a good idea on which ones will use more or less fuel.

    Proton X50 maintenance costs; click to enlarge

    That’s not all, as there are consumables to add to the ownership cost, with things like brakes and tyres, the latter of which can differ greatly in price depending on wheel size. Consider the Ativa’s wheel size that starts at 16 inches, and goes all the way up to 17s on the top-spec variant, while the Myvi peaks at 15 inches and the Aruz has 17s throughout the range. The X50 starts with 17-inch units and go up to 18-inch sets on its top two variants.

    In terms of actual pricing, the Ativa goes for between RM61,500-RM72,000, while the larger X50 is from RM79,200-RM103,300. As for the other two Perodua models, the Aruz is from RM68,526-RM73,226, and the Myvi tops out at RM52,697.

    So, there you have it. The new Ativa, even with all its advanced technologies, closely matches its siblings in terms of maintenance cost, but is a lot less when compared to the X50. Again, the Proton SUV, Myvi and Aruz occupy different segments, so don’t compare them apples to apples. Thoughts?

     
     
  • Perodua Ativa expected to cannibalise 5% of Aruz and Myvi sales – no disruption to Axia, Bezza production

    The Perodua Ativa is poised to become a popular option among car buyers, but there are some of you that might be wondering to what degree the new B-segment SUV will cannibalise the sales of other models in the national carmaker’s line-up.

    This situation is brought up because the Ativa is priced between RM61,500 and RM72,000, which places it within the ballpark of the Aruz that goes for RM68,526 to RM73,226. Additionally, the Ativa’s base starting price could also entice customers who were originally considering a Myvi to take the step to the SUV instead.

    During a press conference following last week’s pre-launch drive event, the company said that it was aware that there will be some cannibalisation from the Ativa’s introduction. However, it is certain that this won’t be a huge matter, as the pricing for its new SUV was deliberate to minimise price overlapping. The national carmaker also explained that each model has a different customer profile attached to it, so their appeal is highly dependent on what the customer wants from a Perodua model.

    Based on the surveys with customers, Perodua determined that those who are looking at an Aruz are primarily interested in the higher seating capacity that the model offers – two more than the Ativa – so that reduces the possibility of cannibalisation.

    As for the Myvi, the company says the hatchback is targeted more towards family-oriented customers, whereas the Ativa’s customer profile are younger individuals with active lifestyles that want something more rugged in terms of design.

    The Axia and Bezza are non-issues in this regard, given their respective pricing as entry-level models, while the aging Alza is only going to appeal to those that prefer size and practicality of an MPV, so there’s very little risk of the Ativa stealing sales away from said model.

    In terms of percentages, the company is expecting the Ativa to cannibalise around five per cent of sales from the Myvi and five per cent from the Aruz, so 10% in total. For a carmaker that, even in a bad year, sells upwards of 200,000 vehicles annually, that’s a mere drop in a bucket – especially given the extra sales volume the Ativa will undoubtedly bring.

    The Ativa is produced at the Perodua Global Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (PGMSB) plant in Rawang, Selangor, which is also where the Axia and Bezza are made. The company stated that despite the shared production site, the Ativa will not cannibalise the production of those models.

    Our full coverage of the launch of the Perodua Ativa

    Full gallery set of the Perodua Ativa AV, H and X here.

     
     
  • FIRST LOOK: Perodua Ativa SUV detailed walk-around

    This is the one, folks. The new Perodua Ativa, or as you’ve known it from before, the D55L SUV. This is an extremely important model for Perodua as it debuts the new DNGA global platform, as well as its very first turbocharged engine and CVT gearbox.

    On top of all that, there’s a whole load of new technologies, including ASA 3.0, as well as adaptive cruise control and Level 2 semi-autonomous driving. So let’s take a closer look at Perodua’s new baby.

    The Ativa is priced between RM61,500 to RM72,000, which is slightly less than the estimated prices announced before launch. This puts it above the Myvi in the Perodua line-up, with a price overlap with the bigger, but less sophisticated seven-seat Aruz. This, Perodua hopes, is the new car that a lot of existing Perodua owners will upgrade to, as well as others who are looking at other brands, including non-national carmakers.

    As you already know, the Ativa is based on the Japanese-market Daihatsu Rocky, which is also sold as the Toyota Raize. But surprisingly, the Ativa is priced cheaper here in Malaysia compared to its twin sisters in Japan. The cheapest models in Japan are already slightly more expensive than Perodua’s base models, and that’s for the absolutely kosong JDM spec with steel wheels, plastic hub caps and no radio.

    Spec-by-spec, the Ativa costs around RM10,000 less than the equivalent model in Japan, and this is comparing between matching 2WD variants. The 4WD versions available in Japan (meant to tackle their snowy mountains) are even more expensive. It’s not always that we can say our cars are cheaper than in other markets, right?

    But of course, we do miss out on a few extra features that are available on the Rocky and Raize, which will be mentioned as we go down. But still, RM10k makes a big difference in this price range, and to add to that, the Perodua version actually has a few upgrades over the JDM models. Again, more on that below.

    In terms of styling, Perodua’s version of the small SUV gets its own look, with a much larger hexagonal front grille, similar to the Axia Style. Two chrome strips now join the LED headlamps together, while the foglamp housings are the same shape as on the Aruz. The extended L-shaped black bars match the Bezza. Unique to the Ativa is the silver skid plate, giving it more of an SUV look.

    The headlights are full LED units across the range, with the top two H and AV variants getting auto headlights, LED foglamps and Adaptive Driving Beam. ADB works much like Audi’s Matrix LED headlamps, by controlling individual LED bulbs on and off to avoid blinding other road users. This is more advanced than the more common auto high beam function by allowing you to continue running the high beam even with other cars nearby.

    Also new are the side view lamps, which help illuminate your surroundings when you indicate left or right at low speeds. This should be useful in spotting pedestrians, motorcycles or even animals. It also activates when you engage reverse, lighting up the area around the vehicle more effectively.

    Less useful but perhaps more eye-catching are the sequential turn signal lamps, much like those found in far more expensive premium cars. With this, hopefully more drivers will start to use the turn indicators a little bit more frequently.

    Unfortunately, the Ativa does not get LED daytime running lights, as the LED strips at the top are just the positioning lamps. Higher-spec JDM Rocky and Raize models do get LED DRLs, but on the lower bumper instead. For Malaysia, DRLs are available, but only with the optional GearUp bodykit.

    The Blaze GearUp kit is priced at RM2,500, but as usual, you can bundle it together with the car loan, instead of coughing up RM2,000 to RM3,000 worth of cash later on. The styling, however, may not be up to everyone’s tastes.

    Round the side, the Ativa rides on 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels shod with Bridgestone Turanza T005A tyres, while the base Ativa X gets smaller 16-inch wheels with Goodyear Assurance rubbers. It’s also worth noting that the Ativa now gets proper wheel arch lining, so it doesn’t look as bare as the Myvi. This should help with refinement, too.

    The Ativa’s side mirrors are different to the Japanese models, but in a good way. We get the same wing mirrors as the Aruz, which are slightly wider and far more stylish than the bulky ones on the Rocky and Raize. We also get stabiliser fins on the A-pillar, which have just been introduced on the JDM models.

    Keyless entry and start is standard across the range, and the door handle now uses an electrostatic sensor to lock or unlock the car, instead of a button like on the Myvi. Having said that, while the Japanese models have the sensor on both front doors, the Ativa only has it on the driver’s door.

    One unique feature on the Ativa are the A-pillars, which remain black no matter the body colour. The Suzuki Swift has used the same trick for years at this point. The floating roof effect appears even more prominent when paired with a black roof, which is an RM800 option on the AV variant. In Japan, you’d have to pay an extra 77,000 yen, or close to RM3,000 for the same option!

    Other variants get a body-coloured roof, and there is a total of five colour options, including the new Cobalt Blue, Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red. Round the back, the Ativa gets side window fins that aid aerodynamics, and squared off LED tail lamps. No sequential signal lights here, however, and the turn signals are actually using bulbs, not LEDs.

    There’s also a “T” badge on the left, referencing the turbocharged engine up front. Seeing as that’s the only option available, it seems rather unnecessary, unless Perodua plans to have other engine options in the future. HV for hybrid, maybe? We’ll see.

    The rear bumper is unique to the Ativa, and is slightly bigger and longer than the Rocky and Raize. Total length is at 4,065 mm, making it about 70 mm longer than the Japanese twins. The Perodua is also 15 mm taller, thanks to a slightly different suspension setup that’s specifically tuned for Malaysia’s road conditions and the occasional floods.

    The ground clearance is now set at 200 mm versus 185 mm for the JDM pair. And if you’re wondering, the maximum wading depth is 250 mm, or just 50 mm into the body.

    Perodua has also said that the Ativa has firmer suspension settings for a more balanced driving experience, as opposed to the more comfort-biased Japanese twin. It should also aid stability, as we Malaysians drive at higher speeds compared to the Japanese.

    In the flesh, the Ativa really does look like a proper crossover SUV. It’s not just a tall, high-riding Myvi. In fact, compared to the Myvi, this is about 200 mm longer and 100 mm taller, so if you were to park it side by side with the Myvi, you can clearly see the size difference, although it’s not much. This car is not massively bigger than the Myvi, but it does look like a much more substantial looking car, and more expensive even.

    Comparisons to the Myvi will of course lead to the styling similarities between the two models. You may think the Ativa is merely a rebadged model from Daihatsu, but Perodua designers were directly involved in the development of this new model in Japan, right from the very beginning over three years ago. So, any Myvi styling cues that you see on the new SUV are not coincidental, they are by design. Today, Perodua has 50 designers and engineers based full time at Daihatsu Japan.

    Under the skin is the new Daihatsu New Global Architecture or DNGA platform. This is a modern modular base, in the same line as Toyota’s TNGA, Volkswagen’s MQB and Volvo and Geely’s CMA platforms. Perodua using DNGA is significant, as we are now getting the latest and greatest technologies from Daihatsu.

    Before this, we’ve sort of gotten the old, leftover stuff. For example, the third-gen Myvi uses a modified version of the platform used for the second-gen Myvi, which in turn was based on the 2010 Daihatsu Boon. Likewise with the Aruz – even though it’s a shared model with the Toyota Rush, it was designed primarily for emerging markets like Malaysia and Indonesia. They’re not sold in Japan. Now, we’re really getting a JDM twin.

    The front-wheel drive Ativa has a monocoque or unibody chassis construction, which is a lot more sophisticated than the more utilitarian rear-wheel drive ladder frame architecture used in the Aruz.

    With DNGA, Daihatsu and Perodua can now come up with newer models 50% faster and at 30% lower costs. The platform was also developed with electrification in mind, so whenever Perodua decides it’s the right time to introduce its hybrid powertrains, the base will be ready for it.

    The new modular platform is said to have class-beating stability and comfort, while being both more rigid and lighter than before. It uses 10% more high-tensile-strength steel plates than the previous design, so it’s safer too. The Perodua Ativa has a full five-star ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating, matching the Daihatsu Rocky’s five-star JNCAP result.

    Also thanks to DNGA, the Ativa weighs just over 1,000 kg, practically the same as the Myvi despite being a bigger car. It’s slightly heavier than the Japanese twins because it uses a metal tailgate instead of plastic, plus the standard fitment of a full size spare tyre here. And if you’re wondering, it still uses rear drum brakes, but since it’s no heavier than the Myvi, that should do the job just fine.

    Inside, the Ativa is almost identical to the Rocky and Raize, which again, is not surprising since Perodua had a hand in designing the model from the start. It’s an edgy, sharp design that’s meant for the younger audience, with some nice silver accents and plenty of red highlights to lift the cabin ambience.

    Taking centre stage is a nine-inch floating display, which is nice. Not only is it big, it’s also a modern and thin screen, not like the old-school CRT TV screens we’ve seen in recent UMW Toyota models. But having said that, the interface sort of looks like an aftermarket unit. As for the six-speaker audio system, well, that’s nothing to write home about, quality-wise.

    There’s a decent reverse camera on board for the top two variants, but unlike the Rocky and Raize, there’s no option for a 360-degree around view camera. The auto parking assist feature has been removed as well, but seeing as the Ativa is only slightly bigger than a Myvi, with the added benefit of a more commanding seating position and view out, parking really shouldn’t be a problem.

    The air-con controls are unique to Perodua. Just like on the Myvi, it’s a manual air-con but with digital controls. There are two memory settings, too, so you can set one for hot sunny days, and the other for cool night drives. The twin-dial automatic climate control system on the Rocky and Raize is not available here.

    The raised diamond textured centre console houses the short gearlever, and behind that is a pair of USB chargers, a HDMI port connected to the head unit and a 12V power socket. This area is lit by a small LED, which is a neat touch. The cupholders have been moved to under the side air-con vents, just like on the old Myvi.

    Another Perodua-only addition is the lock and unlock buttons next to the handbrake lever, which is not available on the Japanese models. There’s also an auto-lock function that activates when you drive.

    Also a Perodua-first is the seven-inch digital instrument cluster, which has four different display themes for you to choose from, each one with its own start-up animation. The themes change the way the rev counter is displayed, while the speedometer is a separate digital counter, a little bit like the FD and FB Honda Civic.

    Additional cool features here include the choice of three turn signal tones, and a birthday or anniversary reminder so you never miss an important date again. One thing that’s still missing, is a temperature gauge.

    The steering wheel is of a new design, identical to the Rocky and Raize. There’s more than 20 buttons on it, and the only blank button you can see is for the auto parking feature in the Japanese models. The leather on the steering wheel feels pretty good, and it has white contrast stitching – rather classy for a Perodua.

    You’ll also see a few more blank buttons on the right hand side, but the big empty plate is actually reserved for the headlight leveller on the Ativa X. The H and AV have auto-levelling, so there’s no need for this. One of the top buttons is used for the rear foglight, which we don’t get at all. Seeing how a lot of drivers misuse this feature though, that’s not such a bad thing.

    Moving on, the seats on the top-spec Ativa AV are wrapped in black and red leather, while the sides of the front seats have a suede-like material. It’s certainly unique and eye-catching, and there’s effort shown here to offer the consumers something different. Note the Perodua tags on them? Well, they look like a shirt worn inside out to us. Weird.

    Both the front seats are manually adjustable, and surprisingly for a new Perodua, there is no handbag hook, or even teh tarik hooks to be found in the cabin. Another Perodua feature missing is the integrated SmartTag reader, perhaps dropped because the company thought RFID would be fully operational by now.

    On the bright side, Perodua now fits a DVR or dash cam, together with Llumar security window tint as standard on the Ativa AV, so you don’t have to spend extra money at accessory shops. Equipment wise, the only glaring omission now is auto wipers, especially since the lights are already automatic.

    So overall, we think nice of the interior. It is a nice place to be in – it’s cool, fresh and actually quite sporty at the same time. Build quality is also quite good, slightly better than what you’ve seen in the Myvi, but if you’re comparing this against the Proton X50, this is a few levels below that.

    Everything you see here are all hard plastics, there are no soft, plush materials here, except for the centre armrest (a first for Perodua), as well as few bits on the door cards. Everything else, as is usual for Perodua, are all hard plastics. But then again, at this price range, you cannot really complain about it.

    The one thing that is a big upgrade for Peroduas is the front seats. Finally, the front seats are very comfortable, very supportive, fit for long distance journeys.

    Now on to the major drawbacks. The steering wheel is only adjustable for tilt, but not reach. There is no telescopic adjustment available here. That’s slightly better than the fixed steering on the Axia and Bezza, but really, much taller drivers will want to have reach adjustment, they’ll have a hard time finding an ideal seating position in this car. For long distance journeys, that is going to be a pain.

    The centre screen does look good. It’s big, it’s pretty responsive, but there is a major problem with this one. It only has SmartLink, which is the same one in the Myvi, not very useful and there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Proton missed the boat with not having it on the X50, and Perodua would have had a huge advantage if they had fitted it on the Ativa here. That’s a shame, for Perodua and us consumers.

    As for rear space, it’s not too bad but unlike most other Perodua models, it’s not amazing nor surprisingly big. Over here, it’s just about the size as you would expect, which in a way is slightly disappointing. By Perodua’s own measurement, there’s actually less space here compared to the Myvi by about three to four centimetres. You can’t really feel it, but it’s not overwhelming in terms of space.

    Compared to the Proton X50, it does feel a little bit more cramped, but the difference is not that big. This is the smaller car on the outside after all. A bigger fault is the lack of rear aircon vents. The cabin isn’t that big, so it wouldn’t take that long for it to cool down from the front air-con, but not having dedicated rear vents is still a minor fault for all Malaysian cars.

    One more thing, the rear backrest can be reclined by a little bit, but even then it’s not all that comfortable. Plus, the seats themselves are very flat, not very comfortable, thus not very supportive for long journeys.

    Moving on to the boot. The Ativa does not have a power tailgate, but at least it does have a keyless sensor back here. Inside, it has a two-level boot floor, offering 303 litres at the upper level, increasing to 369 litres with the lower level accounted for. That’s over 30% more volume than the Myvi, and slightly larger than the Proton X50’s boot too.

    The tonneau cover is a soft, sunshade kind of cloth, similar to the one used on the Honda HR-V. It does its job of covering your items from prying eyes, but since it’s soft, you can’t put anything on it. When not in use, it can be twist-folded and stored under the boot floor.

    Of course, the rear seats can be folded down at a 60:40 split, although it doesn’t quite fold completely flat. Also worth noting is the lack of usable hooks in the boot, but at least there are four metal tie hooks for netting at the corners.

    Under the floor is a major upgrade over the Japanese models. The Ativa comes with a full-size spare tyre, and not only that, it gets the same alloy wheel and tyre combination too. We lose out on the under-floor storage, but knowing Malaysian roads, this is a far better option.

    So, of course, we don’t get the JDM pair’s tyre repair kit, although the compartment in the boot is still there (but now empty). As usual for a Perodua, the jack is hidden under the front passenger seat.

    For the engine, the Ativa has Perodua’s very first forced induction motor, a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. This 1KR-VET engine is rated at 98 PS at 6,000 rpm, and 140 Nm of torque between 2,400 and 4,000 rpm. Perodua says with this downsized turbocharged engine, it’s able to provide performance exceeding that of a naturally-aspirated 1.5 litre engine.

    There’s also a Power button on the steering wheel that primes both the engine and transmission to offer the maximum power output, meant for quick overtaking manoeuvres. When activated, the instrument cluster glows orange, too. Perodua claims an impressive 18.9 km/l fuel consumption figure for the Ativa, which is good enough to be classified as an EEV. You’ll also save some money on road tax, which is just RM20 per year here.

    The auto start-stop system, or Eco-Idle as Perodua calls it, has been improved for the Ativa too. It can now switch the engine off at up to 9 km/h when coming to a stop, compared to 7 km/h in the Myvi. But of course, you can switch this feature off, like a lot of Perodua owners do.

    This engine is in the same family as the 1.0 litre 1KR-VE in the Perodua Axia and Bezza, and it shares the same aluminium block, VVT-I variable valve timing, double overhead cams, timing chain and four valves per cylinder. But newly developed alongside the DNGA platform, the Ativa’s engine uses a single-scroll turbo, front-mounted intercooler, twin intake ports for the multi-point injection system and multi-spark ignition.

    What it could really do with, though, is an engine cover, but it’s also not anywhere near as messy as the Nissan Almera‘s similar 1.0 litre turbo engine bay. It’s also worth noting that despite being turbocharged, the Ativa maintains the same 10,000 km or six-month service interval, compared to every 7,000 km for the Almera.


    From left: Perodua Ativa, Nissan Almera

    Also a Perodua-first is the use of a continuously variable transmission, or CVT. This isn’t any CVT, though, as it’s Daihatsu’s brand new D-CVT that was specifically developed for the DNGA platform. It stands for Dual Mode CVT, and it’s claimed to be the world’s first split-gear system of its kind.

    This is not the same as Toyota’s Direct Shift CVT, but uses a similar concept of combining a CVT’s usual belt drive with a gear drive, for improved fuel efficiency, acceleration feel and quietness. Compared to a regular CVT, the D-CVT is said to offer less energy loss to belt friction, and lower whining noise under hard acceleration.

    By shifting to the gear system on higher loads, Daihatsu claims it has a much wider range of ratios. While a conventional CVT typically has a ratio spread that’s similar to a six-speed automatic gearbox, the D-CVT is closer to an eight-speed auto. With higher gears effectively, the car can cruise at lower rpm levels, by as much as 550 rpm lower at 100 km/h compared to a standard CVT.

    There’s no paddle shifters for the driver, but the gear lever has a sequential mode with seven virtual ratios. It also uses a small torque converter unit at low speeds, similar to Toyota and Honda CVTs, so it should offer a smoother drive than those that use a clutch pack, like the Punch CVT in Proton cars.

    The drawback is, because it’s designed primarily for compact cars, the small and light D-CVT has a maximum torque limit of just 150 Nm, which is not much more than the’s Ativa’s 140 Nm output. So those looking to modify your cars, beware.

    One interesting point is that despite being brand new to Perodua, both the turbocharged engine and CVT gearbox are made right here in Malaysia. In fact, Perodua says the Ativa already has 95% local content, the highest among its recent new models at launch.

    Finally, safety, and this is where the Ativa absolutely shines. All variants get six airbags, electronic stability control, rear seat belt reminder and most importantly, autonomous emergency braking or AEB as standard across the range. That’s unheard of in this price range, and once again Perodua is lifting the safety standards for the entire industry here in Malaysia.

    That’s absolutely the way it should be. Basic safety should be for all, not just the privileged. As a quick comparison, the Proton X50 only offers four airbags on the base Standard variant, and AEB is only fitted to the most expensive model at over RM100k.

    The Ativa’s Advanced Safety Assist or ASA 3.0, standard across the range, has also been upgraded. It now includes Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, while the pre-collision warning and braking systems can now detect bicycles and motorcycles, on top of cars and pedestrians in version 2.0. It can now detect cars at night, too!

    The AEB system can also operate at higher speeds, now up to 120 km/h compared to just 80 km/h from before. Another change is the removal of the three-time limit cap for the AEB system. Now, AEB can be triggered as many times as necessary, without having to restart the car.

    Moving on to the Ativa AV adds on blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. The last two combine together to offer Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, and at just RM70k, it’s by far the cheapest car in Malaysia to offer this advanced feature. Just five years ago, only high end luxury cars costing 10 times more expensive had similar technologies.

    Having said that, Perodua says its adaptive cruise control system only works between 30 to 125 km/h, so if you go faster than that, you are on your own. It also means that it wouldn’t work in traffic jams, so the Proton X50 Flagship is a little bit more advanced still.

    So that’s it for our first look of the new Perodua Ativa. What do you think of this car’s looks, price and package? And would you get this over the Perodua Myvi and of course the Proton X50? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

    Our full coverage of the launch of the Perodua Ativa

    Full photo gallery of the Perodua Ativa, here.

     
     
  • 2021 Perodua Ativa scores five stars in ASEAN NCAP; first model to be tested under 2021-2025 protocol

    The ASEAN New Car Assessment programme (ASEAN NCAP) has conducted crash and safety systems tests on the Perodua Ativa, which was just launched today and has scored five stars across all four tested categories – adult occupant protection (AOP), child occupant protection (COP), safety assist and motorcyclist safety (consisting of blind spot monitoring and pedestrian protection sub-categories).

    Here, the points weighting for AOP, COP, safety assist and motorcyclist safety systems are 40%, 20%, 20% and 20% for each assessment category respectively. In these, the Perodua Ativa scored 37.48, 17.36, 18.57 and 10.00 points. ASEAN NCAP notes that the Ativa is the first model in the region to be tested under the latest 2021-2025 protocol.

    Data from the frontal offset test showed good protection for both front seat occupants, and protection given to the passenger’s chest and both occupants’ lower legs was deemed adequate. Meanwhile, data from the side impact test showed adequate protection for the driver’s chest in this regard. The SUV scored 14.08 in frontal impact, 7.90 in side impact and 8.00 for head protection technology.

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    Child occupant protection saw the Ativa attain a weighted score of 17.36 points from a possible 20, with the SUV scoring 24.00 in the dynamic test, 9.00 in the vehicle-based test and 11.26 in the device installation test. The restraint system used for the 18-month-old representation was the rearward-facing Maxi Cosi Cabriofix installed via Isofix and supportleg, while the system used for the three-year-old representation was the Joie Stages ISOFIX, similarly via Isofix and supportleg.

    In the child occupant dynamic tests, the Perodua Ativa scored 8.00 in the frontal impact and 4.00 for the side impact test for a total of 12.00 for the 18-month-old representation, while the three-year-old child representation for the test scored identically.

    In the safety assist category, the Ativa scored 6.00 for effective braking and avoidance, 4.50 for seatbelt reminders, 6.00 for autonomous emergency braking, 3.00 for advanced SATs to reach a category total of 19.50.

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    In the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) assessment that is introduced for the 2021-2025 ASEAN NCAP testing protocol, the Ativa was assessed for the functionality and effectiveness of AEB City and AEB Inter-Urban systems installed. Both systems are available in the Ativa as standard across all variants, and has been confirmed that the technologies have functioned according to ASEAN NCAP requirements.

    Blind spot technology assessment was introduced in the 2017-2020 protocol, and the latest 2021-2025 protocol continues assessment for the technology under the new Motorcyclist Safety pillar. Here, the Ativa scored 4.00 for blind spot detection, 0.00 for rear visualisation, 2.00 for headlights, 2.00 for pedestrian and 0.00 for advanced MST, for a total motorcyclist safety score of 8.00.

    Fitted with blind spot detection on both sides of the vehicle as optional equipment, the Ativa is deemed to have functioned according to ASEAN NCAP requirements on both sides of the vehicle.

    Tested for the SUV vehicle category, the Perodua Ativa scored 83.40 points overall, making it eligible for an overall five-star ASEAN NCAP rating. The national carmaker’s latest SUV model made its debut today, starting from RM61,500 for the 1.0L Turbo X, ranging up to the top RM72,000 for the Turbo AV with the two-tone (black roof) special metallic paint finish. Prices are on-the-road without insurance and without sales tax.

    Our full coverage of the launch of the Perodua Ativa

    Full photos of all the Perodua Ativa variants here.

     
     
  • Perodua Ativa will not be offered with all-wheel-drive, features 95% local parts content; more than Myvi

    Perodua will not be selling AWD versions of the Ativa in the future, even if there are equivalent versions from Daihatsu and Toyota – namely, the Rocky and the Raize – that may feature the driveline configuration, and will instead retain the 2WD layout as standard, Perodua management confirmed earlier this week.

    This is despite models such as the Japan-market Raize and Rocky being available with the option of four driven wheels, denoted by the ‘4WD’ designation. The 1KR-VET 1.0 litre, three-cylinder powerplant in the Raize and Rocky produces 98 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 rpm to 4,000 rpm, and like the Perodua Ativa, the Japanese duo both use a D-CVT continuously variable transmission.

    Meanwhile, the Ativa consists of 95% local content, Perodua said, which is the highest of any Perodua ‘since inception’, according to the company, who is very proud of the work done with its vendors to arrive at this local content figure. noting that the figure for the new SUV surpasses that of the Myvi, which consisted of 90% local content when it was launched.

    The Perodua Ativa starts from RM61,500 for the 1.0L Turbo X, RM66,100 for the Turbo H, RM71,200 for the Turbo AV, while Special Metallic paint adds RM500 to the listed prices for each variant. The range is topped at RM72,000 for the Turbo AV with the two-tone (black roof) special metallic paint finish. Prices are on-the-road without insurance and without sales tax.

    Our full coverage of the launch of the Perodua Ativa

    More photos of the Perodua Ativa after the jump.

     
     
  • 2021 Perodua Ativa – GearUp accessories detailed

    The 2021 Perodua Ativa was launched earlier today, and its official debut has also seen the introduction of GearUp accessories available for the SUV, which goes on sale in three variant forms, a base X, priced at RM61,500, a mid-range H, which goes for RM66,100, and a range-topping AV, priced at RM71,200, or RM72,000 with the full two-tone paint option (pearl white/red with black roof).

    You’ll be able to see the GearUp kit on the Ativa at dealers, as they are being highlighted on AV examples (as was the case with the spied unit seen over the weekend), but let’s explore what’s available for the car.

    The GearUp list for the Ativa is led by a Blaze bodykit, which retails for RM2,500. This is made up of a front bumper extension that extends the lower intake, with black trim continuing from the bumper to form a “C.” The inclusion of serrated silver-finished fins on the lower apron adds further visual prominence to the front end.

    The package also contains side skirts with chrome accents towards the rear end of the length, while the rear continues on that seen at the front, with a similarly-themed lower extension, complete with small, faux “exhaust” outlines in silver.

    An aggressive-looking rear spoiler completes the Blaze set, which looks unique and nothing like that offered for the Daihatsu Rocky. For a more detailed look at the differences between the two cars, read our comparison of the two vehicles.

    Other GearUp accessories available for the car are Blaze seat covers, which feature a two-tone accent trim with red contrast stitching. Since the AV comes with two-tone seats, the Blaze covers – which go for RM800 – are specific add-ons for the H and X variants.

    Further add-ons include LED scuff plates for the front and rear, and these go for RM260, although a wire harness extension, which is required for illumination, needs to be purchased separately and costs RM40. There is also interior floor lighting for the front and rear, priced at RM240. Again, this also needs a separate wire harness extension, as above.

    Next, we get a rear bumper protector (RM140), a luggage net (RM30), front bonnet cut-out, self-adhesive insulators (RM80) and a Utility package. The last consists of door visors (RM160), luggage tray (RM100) and coil mats (RM140), which when bundled will only cost RM360.

    Other general accessories available for the SUV in the GearUp catalogue include a toddler child car seat (RM975), a GearUp tyre pressure monitoring system (RM430) and digital video recorder (RM500).

    Our full coverage of the launch of the Perodua Ativa

    GALLERY: 2021 Perodua Ativa AV with GearUp accessories

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  • 2021 Perodua Ativa SUV – we point out all the differences from Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize

    With the Perodua Ativa finally launched today, there will definitely be plenty of questions surrounding the national carmaker’s new compact SUV. As I’m sure you’ll all have known by now, the Ativa is based on the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize, and doubtless you’ll want to find out what all the differences are between the three cars. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

    Certainly, there are the obvious aesthetic changes, but there are also some small but significant tweaks in other areas. The easiest way to spot an Ativa from either of its two siblings is through the front fascia. The V-shaped grille is much larger than either the six-point opening on the Daihatsu or the slim gloss black strip on the Toyota, joining the unchanged trapezoidal LED headlights.

    Like the Rocky, the Ativa’s grille is filled with slats, but in keeping with Malaysia’s (perceived) appetite for chrome, there are two chrome strips (one on the base X trim) at the top and bottom of the Perodua badge linking the headlights, giving a look mildly similar to the first facelift of the Axia. The air intake arrangement is closer to the Rocky’s than it is to the Raize’s, which has a massive downturned lower grille.

    The centre inlet is smaller and it’s flanked by triangular fog light surrounds, with inverted L-shaped accents bookending the bumper corners. These accents are mirrored at the rear of the car, where they integrate the reflectors; the Rocky and Raize get large fake vents instead.

    One notable design cue that the Ativa gets and the other two lack is the silver skid plate on the front and rear bumpers. The other two counter by having bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights, with the Ativa only getting LED positioning lights in the headlights on the top models, doubling as sequential indicators.

    The Ativa’s larger 17-inch two-tone wheel option is also different – while the Daihatsu and Toyota get simpler six- and five-spoke designs respectively, the Perodua has a ten-spoke design with five of those being painted black. For me, it’s a needlessly complex design, but that’s just my opinion.

    Also different are the base 16-inch rollers on the Ativa X, which have a more stylish split-spoke design rather than the turbine look of the others. The tailgate garnish, which is black on the Japanese cars, also receives a secondary chrome strip – again tailored to local tastes.

    The tyre sizes are also unique to the Ativa, being slightly taller and wider at 205/65R16 and 205/60R17, versus 195/65R16 and 195/60R17 for the Rocky and Raize. The car also rides on regular Goodyear Assurance Triplemax 2 and Bridgestone Turanza T005A tyres, whereas the others get Dunlop Enasave EC300+ and Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 eco tyres, which offer less grip and worse refinement.

    The Perodua’s door mirrors, on the other hand, are borrowed from the Aruz and are much sleeker than the cheap-looking items on the Daihatsu and Toyota. They are better integrated with the stalks that hold them and feature longer and slimmer indicators. The A-pillar mounts also incorporate the aero fins that were also introduced on the Rocky and Raize this month, reducing wind noise at the mirrors.

    Before we get inside, we must talk about the Ativa’s keyless entry system. Yes, all models have it, but the new touch-sensitive lock/unlock sensor (yay!) is only fitted on the driver’s door, in typical Perodua fashion. On the other hand, the Rocky and Raize get the sensor on the passenger side as well, making it much more practical. Fortunately, the tailgate also has a keyless unlock function, as it should.

    Inside, the three cars are largely identical. All of them get the same basic dashboard design with hexagonal air vents and a freestanding head unit, plus a modern-looking three-spoke steering wheel. However, there are some detail changes here too – some aesthetic, some functional.

    For a start, the Rocky and Raize’s rotary climate control knobs have been ditched in favour of a flat digital control panel. There’s no automatic function, but you do get the two memory buttons first seen on the latest Myvi. The Ativa also gets dedicated door lock and unlock buttons on the centre console next to the handbrake – a handy passenger-friendly feature that both the Daihatsu and Toyota lack.

    Then there are some changes to the specs of the car. The biggest downside for the Ativa is that it comes with a locally-sourced infotainment system on the H and AV models. It has the same touchscreen size as the Rocky and Raize at nine inches, but the interface looks a little aftermarket and the English leaves much to be desired (I’m looking at you, “setting” menu).

    It also lacks the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality of the other two (the last of which was recently introduced), making do with the Smart Link mirroring feature. Thankfully, the seven-inch digital instrument display on these models are carried over from the Daihatsu and Toyota, replete with customisable themes and the novel birthday and anniversary reminders.

    The AV also gets different upholstery compared to its Japanese brethren. Whereas those get a faux leather and fabric combination, the Ativa’s seats are mostly covered in fake cow hide, accented with fake suede. The design has also been tweaked, with greater use of red accents and a Perodua label under the headrests. The X and H models come with fabric upholstery and silver stitching.

    As we mentioned, the steering wheel is identical save for the badging, but even the top AV has a blank button on the left spoke. On the Rocky and Raize, this button is used for the available 360-degree camera system and a parking assist function, both of which are unavailable on the Ativa. On the plus side, the Perodua is fitted with a full-sized spare tyre on all models – the other two don’t even come with a space saver.

    These cost-cutting changes are likely the reason why the Ativa has managed to undercut the Rocky and Raize in Japan. Prices start at RM61,500 for the X variant, rising up to RM66,100 for the H and RM71,200 for the top AV. The Rocky, on the other hand, ranges from 1.705 million yen (RM64,600) to 2.145 million yen (RM81,200), and the Ativa comes with better equipment variant by variant.

    Thankfully, parking assist is about the only driver assistance feature that the Perodua lacks. All models come as standard with autonomous emergency braking (now with cyclist detection and a higher operating speed of up to 120 km/h), lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC), Front Departure Alert (FDA) and automatic high beam. Many of these are already firsts for Perodua.

    But it’s the AV model that piles on the new functions – how do Level 2 semi-autonomous driving (incorporating adaptive cruise control and lane centring assist), blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert sound? The range-topper also adds matrix LED headlights (with sequential indicators!), which block off portions of the high beam to avoid dazzling other motorists.

    No changes to the mechanicals either, with all models being powered by a 1.0 litre 1KR-VET turbocharged three-cylinder engine, producing 98 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm. The D-CVT with seven virtual ratios is the only transmission choice, and while the Rocky and Raize are available with all-wheel drive, the Ativa is front-wheel drive only.

    According to our man Danny Tan, the Perodua also has a stiffer suspension setup, catering to Malaysia’s more gung-ho drivers. The Ativa also rides 15 mm taller than the others to better suit ASEAN’s rougher roads, with a ground clearance of 200 mm instead of 185.

    For full details, read our comprehensive launch story and our first impressions review. What do you think – does the Ativa strike a good compromise between equipment and price? Sound off in the comments section after the jump. You can also browse full specifications and equipment on CarBase.my. For now, here is the spec-by-spec comparison between the Ativa variants:

    2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0T X – RM61,500

    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.0 litre 1KR-VET VVT-i DOHC engine
    • 998 cc turbocharged three-cylinder petrol
    • 98 PS at 6,000 rpm, 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm
    • D-CVT with seven virtual ratios
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Automatic engine stop/start
    • 18.9 km per litre fuel consumption
    • Ventilated discs brakes (front), drums (rear)
    • MacPherson strut suspension (front), torsion beam (rear)

    Exterior

    • LED reflector headlights with automatic high beam
    • Silver upper grille bar, chrome lower bar
    • 16-inch silver alloy wheels with Goodyear Assurance Triplemax 2 205/65-section tyres
    • Power-adjustable black door mirrors with manual fold
    • Body-coloured door handles
    • Black A- and B-pillars
    • LED taillights
    • Shark fin antenna
    • Silver tailgate garnish
    • Glittering Silver, Granite Grey and Cobalt Blue colour options

    Interior

    • Keyless entry
    • Push-button start
    • Urethane steering wheel with Power button
    • Silver centre air vent trim
    • Black door pulls and grab handles
    • Digital air-conditioning controls with memory buttons
    • Centre door lock/unlock buttons
    • Fabric upholstery
    • Analogue instrument cluster with multi-info display
    • Radio with Bluetooth connectivity
    • Four speakers
    • Two front USB ports
    • 60:40 split-folding and reclining rear seats
    • Two-step boot floor (303 to 369 litres)
    • Full-sized spare tyre

    Safety

    • Six airbags (front, side, front and rear curtain)
    • ABS with EBD and brake assist
    • Stability control
    • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection (now up to 120 km/h)
    • Lane Departure Warning and Protection
    • Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC)
    • Front Departure Alert (FDA)
    • Front and rear seat belt reminders
    • Rear ISOFIX child seat anchors
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating

    2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0T H – RM66,100

    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • Automatic LED headlights with sequential indicators, cornering lights and Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB)
    • LED front fog lights
    • Dual chrome grille bars
    • Silver front and rear skid plates
    • 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with Bridgestone Turanza T005A 205/60-section tyres
    • Automatic power-folding door mirrors
    • Chrome tailgate garnish
    • Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red colour options (RM500)

    Interior

    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Steering wheel audio controls
    • Silver corner air vent trim
    • Silver centre console trim
    • Silver door grab handles with red trim
    • Soft-touch centre armrest and door trim
    • Seven-inch digital instrument display
    • Nine-inch infotainment touchscreen with Smart Link screen mirroring
    • One front HDMI port
    • Two rear USB ports

    Safety

    • Front parking sensors
    • Reverse camera

    2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0T AV – RM71,200

    Adds on:

    Exterior

    • Chrome door handles
    • Black roof option for Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red (RM800)

    Interior

    • Red corner air vent highlights
    • Chrome door pulls
    • Chrome gearlever surround, silver gearknob trim
    • Chrome handbrake button
    • Red centre console storage compartments
    • Faux leather and suede upholstery with red highlights and headrest strip
    • Six speakers
    • Driving video recorder
    • Llumar security window tint

    Safety

    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Lane centring assist
    • Blind spot monitoring
    • Rear cross traffic alert

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    GALLERY: 2021 Perodua Ativa AV