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Perodua Alza – Top alternatives

  • Jun 12, 2019
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The Perodua Alza is a straight up, no-nonsense and practical compact family MPV, and has now been in the Malaysian market for nearly a decade. In all that time, the Perodua Alza has been posting strong sales numbers and has become one of the best-selling cars in the brand’s line-up. While the general shape and dimensions of the Alza haven’t been altered much over the years, Perodua has given it a couple of facelifts.


Perodua Alza


 


The most recent facelift for the B-segment MPV came in 2018 when it received several updates, both on the outside and within the cabin. The updates undoubtedly helped bring this compact seven-seater up to speed, as by that point, the Alza was beginning to look rather long in the tooth. However, one of the key strengths of the Perodua Alza has been its affordable price tag - starting from just RM 51,490, while the top variant begins at RM 62,690. But, if you don’t want a Perodua Alza, and you’re on the lookout for something else, what are your options? We have chalked out three of them.


Perodua Alza alternatives


In the meantime, let’s go over some of Alza’s basic mechanicals. Under the bonnet sits a 1.5-litre four-pot that makes 102 hp and 136 Nm of torque. It’s paired either to a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual (in the base trim). In terms of its features and safety equipment, the Perodua Alza gets 15-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps, leather seats, infotainment system with built-in navigation & ‘Smart Link’ connectivity for Android devices, and parking sensors with reversing camera. As for the safety tech, there are dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, and ISOFIX points.


Alternative 1 – Proton Ertiga


If all you need is a bare-bone, reliable compact MPV with seating for seven and a manual gearbox, then the Proton Ertiga is worth a look. At RM 56,773, the entry-level variant of the Ertiga is even more affordable than the equivalent Alza. The Ertiga is also longer and stands taller than its rival, while some may even find its exterior styling to be better than that of the Alza. Inside, the Ertiga’s cabin is pretty straightforward, and there aren’t many fancy gadgets or premium materials to be found in here. However, the layout of all the dials, switches, and instruments are better than in the Alza, and for the most part, the build quality is satisfactory as well.


Proton Ertiga side


The Proton Ertiga is powered by a 1.4-litre four-popper that produces 91 hp and 130 Nm of torque and can be had with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the trim level, you can get features such as 15-inch alloys, manual AC with roof-mounted rear vents, 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, USB and DVD support and six speakers, multifunction steering wheel, and rear parking sensors. Other features include two airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX points.


Alternative 2 – Proton Exora


2019 Exora


Priced at between RM 59,800 and RM 66,800, the Proton Exora is a great alternative to the Alza. It’s a larger MPV and is longer, wider and taller than its Perodua counterpart. This not only gives it more presence but also makes it feel a tad bigger on the inside, too. Its more powerful 1.6-litre four-pot mill generates 138 hp and 205 Nm of torque and comes mated to a smooth CVT gearbox. Unlike the Alza, the Exora certainly rides nicer, boasts better build quality, and is loaded with far more features and equipment as well. There are LED daytime running lights, leather upholstery, cruise control, 10 cup holders, and a 7-inch touch-infotainment system with voice command, navigation, online music streaming, weather forecast, smartphone connectivity, plus 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity. You also benefit from electronic stability control, apart from the usual safety nannies.


Alternative 3 – Perodua Aruz


Perodua Aruz exterior


If you want to skip on the whole MPV charade, the Perodua Aruz is a brilliant option. While the Aruz can cost up to RM 77,900 for the fully-loaded top variant, the entry-level trim is all you’ll really need. And it’s priced at RM 72,900 - just 10,000 ringgit more than the range-topping Alza. For your extra bit of cash, the Perodua Aruz offers you more than just an SUV-like design, which is one of the reasons why you’d look at it, to begin with. Apart from its sharp, more sculpted exterior, the Aruz also brings along an equally useable third-row.


Perodau Aruz Cabin


The Aruz packs some great equipment as well. Some of these include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlamps, power-retractable wing mirrors, smart entry with push-button start, built-in toll reader, automatic climate control, six-speaker audio system, all-around parking sensors with rearview camera, and a touchscreen multimedia head unit with support for Bluetooth, USB and MP3. Spend 5,000 ringgit more, and you can have leather interior upholstery and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation, HDMI support, and Android connectivity. Thankfully, the five-star rated Perodua Aruz comes as standard with six airbags, hill-start assist, vehicle stability and traction control programmes, plus ABS with EBD and brake assist.

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