Easy and stress-free everyday driving

Lyna Mohammad

Members of the media got a closer look at the all-new Perodua Myvi 1.3G during a recent test drive opportunity hosted by local authorised dealer/distributor GHK Motors Sdn Bhd.

Right after a brief technical presentation by Marketing Executive Ahmad Faezul Imtiaz at the Mulia Hotel in Anggerek Desa, my colleagues and I decided to conduct the test drive to the entry area of the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge in Kampong Sungai Besar.

Colleague, Muiz, was the first to get behind the wheel of the Myvi and we set off straight to the Mentiri Highway via Jalan Kebangsaan and Sungai Akar.

As I sat in the front passenger seat, I noticed that the space between the driver and passenger is generous. Despite having four passengers, there was still plenty of leg room, while flexible and comfortable seats gave us ease and comfort. This is what I would describe as small on the outside but big on the inside. The new Myvi impressed while on the highway and going uphill with its noise reduction and acceleration power, showcasing a smooth and quiet drive.

Powered by the latest EEV (Energy Efficient Vehicle) 1NR-VE 1.3L engine – aluminium and lightweight made with timing-chain, four-cylinder DOHC with Dual VVT-I – the Myvi comes with four speeds in automatic transmission and the EEV engine also provides impeccable fuel efficiency of 20.3km/l. The 1.3-litre four-cylinder lump pushes out 94bhp and 121Nm of torque by giving the 985kg Myvi a zippy and perky drive and it has superb suspension, which it showed while we drove on few bumpy roads along the way.

The all-new Perodua Myvi 1.3G. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI

Ticking all the right boxes for a perfect budget car, the Perodua Myvi is Malaysia’s top favourite compact hatchback and redefines the mass segment with its aesthetics, equipment list, reliability and a chic-look styling and cabin.

An asymmetrical-themed interior gives the Myvi a personalised look with high quality detailing. The radio and multimedia are USB compatible while the air-conditioning controls are digital for easy control and mode setting.

There is also Smart Entry System and, best of all, a ‘Push Start’ button!

This, to me, is impressive considering the segment and pricing. It provides a great convenience for the driver and makes it an absolute winner for me at this price range.

Having driven a B-segment car myself, I personally think the car has its own magic touch with the cute and adorable look, while also pretty edgy and sharper with bold lines. The LED headlights accentuate the front end of the car even further.

The vehicle feels quite light while driving on normal speed, particularly for city driving, and the power steering and the car’s perfect contours make for effortless driving.

Perodua Sales Consultant Rahman, who accompanied us for the test drive, pointed out that the Myvi is designed with short-wheel base of 2,500mm hence manoeuverability at 4.8m turning radius is with ease.

After hearing this, we stopped by another spot to let another colleague, Syahmi, take over the wheel and make a few testing turns.

Surely enough, unlike other cars where you need to make a slight adjustment when making U-turns, turning with the Myvi was effortless.

We then got to see how the Myvi offers a good amount of extra room during a photoshoot at Sungai Besar. The rear seats can be folded down to 60:40 to give more access and flexibility for much needed storage space while the boot space measures up to 277L and can fit up to four travel bags.

Imtiaz in his earlier presentation highlighted that the dynamic design of Perodua Myvi is a product of the collaboration, featuring an upper body designed by Malaysia while the underbody is of Japanese Technology.

The side door is curvy in design for better aerodynamics while both the front and rear LED lamps are made with an additional combination of reflectors on the rear. The ‘follow me home’ function provides a pool of light from front lamp for 30 seconds to guide the driver and passengers to the house door safely.

Aside from that, Myvi has 14-inch alloy rims including a spare rim and tyre, side turn signal and electric auto side mirror adjuster to help with parking in narrow spaces.

“It’s a car which will definitely be worth your attention. The Myvi scores a full five-stars in safety rating of the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP). The safety features include four airbags – two for the driver and passenger and the front two sides of the front seats – while the window door is also equipped with an anti-jam protector,” said Imtiaz.

Other safety features worth noting include the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), which enables hazard lights to flash at high speed when brakes are applied abruptly at high speed. This warns other vehicles and prevents collision. The hazard lights switch to a normal flashing speed if the vehicle stops completely, preventing the possibility of rear-end collision.

There are also common safety features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution system (EBD), Braking Assistance (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction control and Reverse sensor.

If you are looking for something comfortable to drive and not cost much as far as maintenance and fuel expenses are concerned, you may want to zero in on the Myvi.

The new Myvi is a supermini vehicle offering space, comfort and amazing manoeuvring capabilities for easy and stress-free everyday driving.