Perodua’s first ever 7-seater SUV is the most affordable people carrier currently on sale in Malaysia but affordability is not its only game. Jam-packed with advanced driver assistance features, it’s an exceptional value proposition compared to rivals of its segment, but is it actually any good?

Powered by a modest 1.5-litre four-cylinder DVVT-i engine and four-speed automatic combo, the rear-wheel-drive Aruz has 102 hp and 133 Nm to lug seven around. Other than the high rpm it holds at highway cruising speed, the four-speed automatic is sufficient in getting the job done while returning a claimed fuel economy of 6.4L/100km.

All variants of the Aruz comes with six airbags and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) as standard and the 1.5 Advance variant as tested here has the additional Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 system which includes Pre-Collision Warning (between 4 km/h to 100 km/h) and Pre-Collision Braking (4 km/h to 80 km/h) with pedestrian detection (4 km/h to 50 km/h), front departure alert and pedal misoperation control.


Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV

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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.