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Perodua Aruz: Is it priced right?

  • Jan 07, 2019
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Perodua Aruz is the car that’s making a sensation in the Malaysian auto market. It’s like the market is in one of the best phases, where we are showered with best of cars back to back. Starting from Ford Ranger Raptor, followed by Borgward BX5, and Proton X70 launch. Now, with the start of 2019, another great product is getting ready for its Malaysian debut. It’s the Perodua Aruz, the first SUV from the Malaysian born auto brand. Does this fact ring any bell with you? Well, the Aruz like the Proton X70 is Perodua’s first entry in the sports utility segment, making the two immediate competitors in a sense. However, after looking at the Aruz and its price range, we thought otherwise. Why? Well, for starters they belong two different segments of SUV (Proton X70 is a C-segment SUV) and so the price range differs by a huge margin.


Perodua Aruz front


Before diving any further, let’s first discuss the Perodua Aruz price and variants on offer. So, recently the company announced that the Aruz would be available in two variant options - X and AV. Their prices are -


Perodua Aruz Price 2


The question now is - Are the above mentioned Aruz prices justified? The only way to answer this question is to compare Aruz’s feature kit with that of its competitors. Speaking of which the Perodua Aruz rivals with the likes of Toyota Rush and Honda BR-V.


What’s interesting here is to note that both these cars are on the higher side of the price spectrum compared to the Aruz. This fact gives the Perodua Aruz a heads up in the price race. However, it is still to be seen whether for its bargaining price it offers amenities matching or even close to its competitors. Because if it does then there is no better car in the segment than the Aruz.


So, without any delay let’s figure out what’s on offer starting with the power figures.


The Aruz features a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder gasoline mill that churns out 104 hp of power and 136 Nm of torque. This is the same mill found under the Myvi hood and likewise is mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox. The specs are same for Toyota Rush. As for Honda BR-V specs, it gets a 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC mill that generates 119 hp and 145 Nm, which is a bit on the higher side.


Perodua Aruz Details 2


Moving on to the equipment, the Perodua SUV has on offer, it includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, manual single-zone air-con system, rear AC vents, built-in Touch n Go reader, 7-inch head-up unit, keyless entry and start, and a power socket for all rows. While these are standard features, the range-topping Aruz trim gets automatic headlamps with on/off functionality, a head-up unit with HDMI input, leather seats, digital video recorder, and leather-wrapped controls. Not at all bad for a car sitting in this price range. And if we compare this list with that of Toyota Rush and Honda BR-V, all three would stand shoulder to shoulder.


Perodua Aruz Details 1


It is time now to discuss the safety front and see whether or not Perodua has compromised here pertaining to its low price point. In its standard safety kit are included six airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, second-row with ISOFIX child seat anchors. While the Toyota Rush tallies the list, the BR-V offers two-airbags as standard with rest of the elements common. What’s also interesting is that while both the top variants of Rush and Aruz feature an Advanced Safety Assist 2.0 suite, the BR-V completely misses out on this advance tech.


Conclusion


The Perodua Aruz is without a doubt a great steal in the segment. And even if we talk cross-segment, it’s a superb pick over cars like Honda City, Nissan Almera, and Kia Cerato all of which are priced close to this new SUV (given the fact you are ready to trade a sedan for an SUV).

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