September has been a busy month for the local automotive scene, mainly due to the intense rivalry between Proton and Perodua which resulted in a barrage of prelaunch pictures being teased online. But here we have the country’s first Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) in all its glory, so let’s get straight to the point.

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QUICK FACTS

Name
Perodua Axia 1.0L Standard E
Perodua Axia 1.0L Standard G
Segment
A-Segment
A-Segment
Engine 998cc DOHC, Electronic Fuel Injection 998cc DOHC, Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission 5-speed Manual 5-speed Manual / 4-speed Auto
Max Power 66hp @ 6,000 rpm 66hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque 90Nm @ 3,600 rpm 90Nm @ 3,600 rpm
Price from RM 24,600.00 from RM 29,800.00 / RM 32,800.00

 

Name
Perodua Axia 1.0L Special Edition (SE)
Perodua Axia 1.0L Advance (AV)
Segment
A-Segment
A-Segment
Engine 998cc DOHC, Electronic Fuel Injection 998cc DOHC, Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission 5-speed Manual / 4-speed Auto 4-speed Auto
Max Power 66hp @ 6,000 rpm 66hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque 90Nm @ 3,600 rpm 90Nm @ 3,600 rpm
Price from RM 36,800.00 / RM 39,800.00 from RM 42,130.00

 

The Axia is Perodua’s 10th model, and also their first EEV vehicle. It has received more than 13,500 bookings form the public since 15 August. “We are humbled by the overwhelming response from the public and we will honour that trust by giving you the best we at Perodua can offer,” said Perodua’s President and CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh.

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EXTERIOR
This EEV looks strikingly similar to its older brother – the Myvi Lagi Best – at first glance, and possibly from different angles from the front. Datuk Aminar said, “At least 90 percent of the Axia was designed locally, and this is to meet Malaysian’s demands as well.”

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The Axia comes in four variants – Standard E, Standard G, SE and Advance trim. The standard trims get halogen headlights, subtler looking fascia and red-lense LED tail lights. Fog lights are omitted, however. Rims on the Standard E and G measure at 14-inch, shod with 175/65 R14 series tyres.

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The SE and Advance trim get halogen projector headlights, chrome grille, fog lamps and clear-type LED tail lamps. Rims are 14-inch, twin-five spoke wrapped with 175/65 R14 series tyres.

INTERIOR
The inside of the Axia is impressive, with plenty of space and versatility. There is plenty of compartments, just the way Malaysians would love. Two interesting features not seen in any cars out there would be the built-in tissue compartment and anti-snatch hook that’s integrated to the inner side of the front seats.

Spacious Interior

Sunvisor with Ticket Holder & Mirror (D)

 

The SE variant gets fabric semi-bucket type seats, whereas the top trim gets the leather semi-bucket type seats. The base E and G variants get standard fabric seats. Seats are flexible and the front seats can be flat-out retracted. Boot space is larger than the Myvi, measuring in at 260 litres.

Anti Snatch Hook

PERFORMANCE
Powering the Axia is the new all-aluminium 1KR engine that is lighter, more economical and quieter at the same time. All variants get the same 1.0-litre Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) engine that makes 66 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm. The numbers here aren’t all that flattering, but the engine features Electronic Fuel Injection and returns 21.6 km/l with the five-speed manual, and 20.1 km/l with the four-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission.

Engine Compartment

The claimed fuel consumption figures have helped the Axia earned its EEV incentives, but there’s one thing to bear in mind. The engine uses fully-synthetic engine oil (0W-20 API SN) which helps in reducing fuel consumption. However, if a different type of oil is used, the engine will not be damaged, but will only suffer from increased fuel consumption.

PRICE
At a media preview late last month, Datuk Aminar didn’t rule out the possibility of a price reduction – and that’s precisely what happened at the launch. Every variant of the Axia, including the base model, gets a price reduction as seen in the picture below.

Axia price list

WHAT ELSE?
During the press conference held earlier, Datuk Aminar announced that the Perodua Axia will be given a 5-year or 150,000 km warranty as a sign of confidence with their latest model. Also, this warranty program extends onto their Myvi and Alza models. However, the 3-year free service package will be traded off in favour of the new 5-year warranty programme.

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Matthew H. Tong
A straightforward, fun-loving guy who appreciates the superficiality of a car's appeal, but his admiration for anything on four wheels gives him no reason to neglect the makings of a car. He still believes that fun comes with three pedals and a stick.