August 15, 2014

Perodua Axia Open for Booking - From RM24,900!

 From RM24,900? It's like Perodua Kancil all over again, but the all-new Perodua Axia is much more better equipped, better looking and not to mention a larger cabin too! Malaysia's first Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) is now open for booking with a booking fee from as low as RM250. 

Perodua Axia comes with 4 variants, where the entry-level E grade is only available with manual transmission while the top-of-the-line AV grade comes with only automatic transmission. Can't drive a stick? Have to start your options from the G grade. Measuring at 3640mm long, 1620mm wide and 1510mm tall, the Axia position itself in between the Viva and Myvi, not sure Viva will be sold along with the Axia in the future or not though. With 260 litres of boot space, that's larger than a Myvi's!

Perodua Axia is powered by a 1.0litre 1KR-DE2 engine which produces 66hp at 6000rpm and 90Nm of torque at a low 3600rpm. Together with the help of Electric Power Steering (EPS), the manual transmission Axia is able to achieve fuel consumption figure of 21.6km/l, a very impressive figure. 

SE and Advance grade are for those who need more features and style, as they will receive a sportier front bumper design, side skirting with chrome finishing and rear spoiler. It shocked me that the SE grade will have front parking sensor, a first in its class. It might be cool to have, but is it necessary to have a front parking sensor for a sub 4-meter long compact car? Advance grade is a little over-specced, unless you have a crush for leather seats and touchscreen multimedia audio system. 

Safety wise, 2 airbags are standard across the range, kudos to Perodua. ABS with EBD and BA are only available from SE grade onwards. Perodua claims the Axia is able to achieve 4-star in ASEAN NCAP crash test, presumably the Axia has gone through the crash testing in its facility. 

While Perodua decided to stop its 3 years free service campaign, it has been compensated to the Axia with a 5-year warranty! Talk about value for money!

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