We all know that Singapore is one of the most expensive places to buy cars, thanks to the Certificate of Entitlement mechanism which can sometimes cost more than the car itself. But still, every once in a while, you’ll see a price figure so absurd that it still stuns you a little bit.
That’s the case with the Perodua Aruz, which has just been launched in Singapore as its first export destination. So how much does it cost to buy the budget-oriented seven-seater (topping out at RM78k with SST here in Malaysia at launch) in the tiny island nation? How does SGD92,999 (~RM286,409) sound?
Just for some perspective, the Malaysian supercar, Perodua Myvi is priced at SGD69,800 (~RM215k) for the range-topping 1.5AV variant in Singapore, while the all-new Honda Jazz – that’s not available anywhere else in ASEAN – comes in at SGD98,999 (RM305k) for the base variant.
The Perodua Aruz comes in a single 1.5X variant over in Singapore. Just like in Malaysia, it’s powered by the same 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that makes 102 hp and 133 Nm of torque, paired to a four-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment on the Singapore-spec Perodua Aruz include 17-inch two-tone wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and start, touch-screen infotainment system with reverse camera display, as well as fabric seats (60:40 split-folding second row, 50:50 split-folding third row configurations).
As for safety, because the Perodua Aruz is offered in the sole 1.5X variant in Singapore, they won’t get to enjoy the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 that’s only available in the AV. Standard safety kit include six airbags, vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control, ABS with EBD and brake assist, emergency stop signal, and hill start assist.
The Perodua Aruz in Singapore is available in four exterior colours, Granite Grey Metallic, Electric Blue Metallic, Glittering Silver Metallic, and Ivory White. Included in the purchase price is also a five-year or 100,000 km warranty.
Perodua is represented by Perocom Auto in Singapore (since 1997!) at their sole outlet in Ubi, and has sold the Kancil, Kembara, Kelisa, first- and third-generation Myvis, Viva, Axia, and Bezza in the island nation before the Aruz.
Besides Singapore, Perodua also exports to Brunei, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Fiji, and Indonesia (where the Myvi is sold as the Daihatsu Sirion).