Perodua Myvi: Know its alternatives
The popularity of Perodua’s B segment hatchback, Myvi can be measured with the overwhelming response received for the latest version. It has been updated mildly, though the changes made are superficial. The recent update hasn’t changed much in the hatchback, and it continues to carry the same specifications from the pre-update version. The current line-up is available in five grades with a choice of a manual and an automatic gearbox.
A highly popular model from the native car giant, Myvi is now retailed in overseas markets including Singapore and Mauritius. Touted as a premium family B segment model, Myvi has a large cabin with ample room for passengers on both ends. Besides, the flexible seating configuration allows carving out generous space for storing luggage. Featuring powerful engines under the skin, the B segment hatchback delivers an impressive fuel economy, making it one of the best mileage cars in the segment.
The table below shows the Perodua Myvi specifications and mileage figures -
Accredited to sporty looks, a spacious cabin with decent space for storing luggage and an impressive safety suite including Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0, the Perodua Myvi price starts from RM 42,790, while the range-topping grade is available for RM 54,090. Given the features, Perodua’s B segment hatchback is an affordable model in the segment with a high value, backed by low maintenance and running cost. And while it qualifies as one of the top choices in the B segment, there are some other models that could be considered by the buyers.
What are the top alternatives to the Perodua Myvi in the B segment?
There is no doubt about Perodua Myvi’s credibility in the segment. While it is a popular choice and a major model for the car giant, there are other options that could be considered by the consumers in this price range. Proton Iriz, an extremely popular hatchback from the local player is on the top of the list of the Perodua Myvi top alternatives. Proton Saga, Kia Picanto and Honda Jazz are some of the other names that pop out as top choices in this price bracket.
Another local player in Malaysia with high credibility is the Proton, and Iriz is a volume product with heavy monthly sales. It is one of the most competitively priced hatchbacks in the segment which is priced from RM 36,700 onwards. Under the hood, it comes with a 1.3L, 94 bhp, 120 Nm unit, and slightly more powerful 1.6L engine tune to put out 107 bhp against 150 Nm torque. Speaking of cabin comfort, the rear is good enough for two adults and a kid. As for features, some of the features that stand out are listed below.
- 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit
- Trapezoidal vertical AC vents
- Push-button start
- Keyless entry
- Powered wing mirrors
- Retractable side mirrors
- Remote trunk release
- Reverse camera
- Navigation system
- Voice commands
- Smartphone integration
As for safety, Iriz specs sheet gets ABS with EBD, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, reverse parking camera with sensors, hill hold assist, ISOFIX mounts for child seats an engine immobilizer as standard.
The Proton Saga has had a long run in the Malaysian market, and it is still going strong despite rising competition in the segment. A great value product, the Saga is priced from RM 32,800, though it is not as premium as Perodua Myvi, the model is spacious on the inside with a large 420L of cargo volume for storing luggage. The power source on the Saga is the 1.3L unit with 96 bhp and 120 Nm torque, and it can be availed with a 5-speed manual as well as a CVT unit. The list of the feature is not as rich as Myvi, however, it does come with the basic amenities such as-
- 2 DIN audio unit
- Bluetooth connectivity
- USB plug points
- Integrated reverse camera in rear view mirror
- Steering mounted audio controls
Awarded a 4-star rating by ASEAN NCAP, it packs ABS with EBD and brake assist along with electronic stability control, hill hold assist, traction control, dual front airbags, ISOFIX mounts, etc. based on variants.
Even though Kia Picanto belongs to the A-segment, it still competes with the Perodua Myvi in terms of credibility. Accredited to a comprehensive feature list and efficient engine options, it stands out in the segment and locks horns with models one segment above. Speaking of mechanicals, it comes with two engine choices including a 67 bhp, 1.0L, three-cylinder unit and a 84 bhp, 1.2L four-cylinder engine. While the three-cylinder engine is available with a conventional 5-speed unit, the four-cylinder unit is paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission only. Here is a list of other comfort & connectivity features that are featured in the Picanto specs sheet.
- Powered side mirrors
- Height adjustable driver’s seat
- Foldable rear view mirrors
- Floating type touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
The safety suite on the petite Picanto is also impressive featuring ABS with EBD and brake assist along with front, side and curtain airbags. It additionally gets electronic stability control, traction control, reverse parking sensors and hill start assist.
The much higher priced Honda Jazz is also a popular alternative to the Perodua Myvi. Benefitting from Honda’s reliability, the Jazz is powered by the 1.5L i-VTEC petrol engine with 120 bhp and 145 Nm torque. The fuel-efficient engine is paired to a CVT transmission only. There is a hybrid variant which gains an additional electric motor. As for the list of equipment, it gets the following advanced amenities.
- Control buttons on steering wheel
- Push start button
- Automatic air conditioner with electrostatic touch control panel
- Centre console storage with armrest
- Height adjustable driver’s seat
- Power adjustable doors
- 7-inch display audio system
- 7-9 cup-holders
Honda has armed its premium hatchback to the gill with active and passive safety features including ABS, six airbags, vehicle stability assist, emergency stop signal, hill start assist, 3-point ELR seatbelts, etc.
The table below gives a peek into the starting and highest price for all the models -
|Price||Perodua Myvi||Proton Iriz||Proton Saga||Kia Picanto||Honda Jazz|
|Starting price||RM 42, 790||RM 36,700||RM 32,800||RM 49,888||RM 70,242|
|Highest price||RM 54,090||RM 50,700||RM 39,800||RM 59,888||RM 87,707|
These are some of the top alternatives to the Perodua Myvi that you can consider buying.