As you all know by now, the all-new Perodua Axia has been launched with four variants available. The G variants start from RM38,600, the X from RM40,000, the SE from RM44,000 and the AV from RM49,500.
Compared to before, the Axia does come with a higher asking price whichever variant you look. The previous generation AV variant was priced from around RM41,000 (post SST exemption) while the new AV variant is at RM49,500.
For that, you do get new toys like a digital air-con panel, larger displays and improved safety features, depending on which variant you go for but there’s more. Beneath the surface and beyond the naked eye, the new Axia does come with several tweaks and additions.
More boot space
Aside from being 15 mm lower than before at 1,495 mm, with 20 mm less ground clearance, it is 115 mm longer and 45 mm wider than before. Perodua says the interior is 40 mm wider but with the extra length and wheelbase you don’t actually get more rear legroom.
What you do get is a slightly larger boot. It’s now 47 mm longer, with boot space increased by five litres to 265 litres.
Better driving position
Tilt steering adjustments are now (finally) available in the Perodua Axia but rather than just giving a simple feature that should’ve been standard from a decade ago, the company has gone a step further in offering the most optimal driving position possible.
Perodua says it has changed the angle of the Axia’s steering column to allow the upper rim of the steering wheel to be closer to the driver. From the diagram, it appears that the driver is seated lower too. That’s not all, Perodua also moved the accelerator pedal to a position that allows the right leg to be extended in a natural position while driving.
Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA)
The new Axia is built on the latest DNGA platform; the same platform the new Alza and Ativa is built on. The platform focuses on optimum driving position, vehicle stability and a lighter body with higher rigidity. Complementing this, Perodua also fitted softer front and rear springs and bushes to the new Axia to better absorb impacts from uneven road surfaces.