Expert Review

CarBase.my reviews Malaysian cars on sale - the most detailed reviews covering performance, handling, comfort, space, safety and value for money.

RM 1,785.97 /month
RM 133,888.00 to
RM 159,888.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
18 June 2019
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

As a family car, there is no faulting the updated 2019 Nissan X-Trail range. It's one of the quietest and most comfortable SUVs in its class, and for the first time comes with Nissan Connect and Nissan Intelligent Mobility. The 2.0 litre models feel lacklustre when compared to their turbocharged rivals, but that can be overlooked if you value convenience and comfort over performance.

For
  • Refined, quiet cabin
  • Supremely comfortable seats
  • Nissan Intelligent Mobility with AEB!
Against
  • Lacklustre performance for 2.0 litre models
  • Cabin feels outdated when compared against rivals
RM 1,705.76 /month
RM 127,874.84 to
RM 139,195.59
Find this car
Date Reviewed
19 February 2019
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

The C27 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid, for what it's worth, is an incredibly well-thought-out MPV for the family. It is sufficiently powerful to ferry seven adults in sheer comfort, and the cabin is littered with seven powered USB ports for everyone's peace of mind. Other improved aspects of the car include a better sprung suspension, more refined and efficient powertrain, quieter cabin and the inclusion of six airbags and ESC, both of which are mandatory in this day and age.

For
  • Super comfortable seats
  • Premium-feeling cabin
  • Exceptional features for driver and passengers
  • Powertrain is more refined
Against
  • Still uses old-school foot parking brake
  • Car still feels slightly underpowered on full load
Sedan
B-Segment
RM 1,029.79 /month
RM 77,200.00 to
RM 87,300.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
29 January 2019
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

With an increased emphasis on comfort, the new Toyota Vios is a more mature and accomplished effort than its predecessor. It may not possess the most dynamic handling characteristics, but its supple ride and impressive refinement makes it a more liveable everyday companion compared to its rivals, and a long overdue increase in safety kit puts it at the sharp end of the segment. However, the lack of oomph is at odds with the Vios' sporty image, and the almost offensive styling may alienate more than a few loyal buyers.

For
  • Class-leading ride and refinement
  • Seven airbags as standard
  • Smooth, responsive CVT
Against
  • Engine remains underpowered
  • Slow, lifeless steering
  • Tends to be affected by crosswinds at highway speeds
  • Polarising looks bound to drive some customers away
SUV
C-Segment
RM 1,331.26 /month
RM 99,800.00 to
RM 123,800.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
10 January 2019
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

Lament the circa-RM100k starting price all you want - the Proton X70 is well worth the price of admission. Spacious and well-built, it has an air of quality that is on par with the best in its class, while its ride and refinement puts even premium brands to shame. Only the imprecise steering and the responsive but flawed GKUI infotainment system count against it.

For
  • Premium, high-quality interior
  • Top-notch ride and refinement
  • Excellent safety kit for the price
  • Undercuts comparable SUVs considerably
Against
  • Slow steering
  • Slightly sluggish gearbox
  • GKUI system lacks final polish
Pickup
Truck/4X4
RM 1,212.38 /month
RM 90,888.00 to
RM 144,888.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
4 January 2019
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value
by Matthew Tong

After many years of service, the Ford Ranger T6 has received its second facelift exercise, which gets significantly more enhancements that go beyond the typical exterior/interior refresh. The most notable upgrade is the addition of a brand new 2.0 litre bi-turbo engine, which powers the range-topping Wildtrak 4x4 and of course, the one and only Ranger Raptor. If you want a pick-up truck that's in a class of its own, look no further than the wide-bodied Raptor.

For
  • New engine is impressively smooth and quiet
  • Best-in-class cabin refinement
  • Unrivalled off-road performance (Ranger Raptor)
  • Slick-shifting 10-speed automatic gearbox
  • Extensive safety kit - seven airbags, AEB!
Against
  • Rear seats are a tad too upright
SUV
C-Segment
RM 1,495.84 /month
RM 112,138.00 to
RM 125,868.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
22 March 2018
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

The XV is one of the most popular Subaru models in the region, and the second-generation model is almost entirely new from the ground up. Thanks to a new stiffer platform, the crossover is much improved over its predecessor, exhibiting greater ride and handling characteristics with enhanced comfort and safety. Besides tyre roar and the shoddy infotainment system, the XV and its high quality cabin will certainly impress most people.

For
  • Impressive damping qualities, more comfortable than most rivals
  • Familiar design, but revised to great effect
  • Top level interior build quality
  • Handy all-wheel drive system, useful in harsh weather conditions
Against
  • Subpar infotainment system, feels out of place
  • Dated factory-fitted tyres
  • Small boot space
SUV
C-Segment
RM 1,844.93 /month
RM 138,308.00 to
RM 167,700.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
20 March 2018
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value
by Anthony Lim

For a long time, especially with the third-gen, this one pretty much defined the mid-size Japanese SUV segment. Then, competitors caught up and overtook it, and it wasn't until the fifth-gen arrived last year that the Honda CR-V shot back to the forefront. It has been right up there since, and it's easy to see why - it's a wonderfully packaged offering that gets everything right in all the relevant places.

For
  • 1.5 litre turbo mill provides the CR-V with plenty of pep
  • Interior space remains class-leading
  • Well specified across the range, and Honda Sensing safety suite is a big plus point
  • Great all-rounder
Against
  • Better than the previous-gen, but NVH levels aren't class-leading
  • Trace of associated CVT whine
  • Some rivals offer a sharper, more responsive drive
Hatchback
B-Segment
RM 557.69 /month
RM 41,807.74 to
RM 55,300.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
9 March 2018
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value
by Danny Tan

After one million units sold, the "love of the nation" received a full reboot for the third-generation. The homegrown effort betters the car it replaces in every aspect, but features - some unprecedented at this price point, some ingenious - are a particularly strong point. Still not the best driving or most refined B-segment hatchback, but unbeatable content and value for money means it's a sure winner.

For
  • Top level safety, unprecedented safety kit
  • Ingenious local features that aren't gimmicks
  • Improved refinement and dynamics
  • Unbeatable content, value for money
Against
  • Improved, but NVH levels could still be lower
  • 4AT does a basic level job, and that's about it
  • Rear end design
Hatchback
A-Segment
RM 628.01 /month
RM 47,079.43 to
RM 57,888.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
9 March 2018
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

As the only non-national car under RM50,000, the Kia Picanto is a solid alternative to the Perodua Myvi and Proton Iriz. It's well equipped and has a quality of ride and refinement that is head and shoulders above its peers, all while being better to drive than the previous model - only the lack of interior space is a letdown. It also now comes with autonomous emergency braking, which makes it one of only two vehicles in the price range to have it (the other being the Myvi).

For
  • Ultra-modern styling, well-built interior
  • Ride and refinement puts it in a different category altogether
  • Cheapest car with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Against
  • Rear space a little small for the price
  • Engine can feel gutless at times
RM 1,762.24 /month
RM 132,109.00 to
RM 171,000.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
9 March 2018
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

For a price tag that is just south of RM140,000, the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0L 4WD is a safe bet if you're looking for a capable SUV that delivers on its promise of providing seating for up to seven people. The all-wheel drive system is an added level of assurance while behind wheel, although the decently-equipped interior does appear a little dated.

For
  • Good value for a seven-seat SUV
  • Comfortable ride for long-distance journeys
  • Practical enough for most needs
Against
  • Interior is a little dated
  • Lack of rear air-con vents and charging ports
  • Engine feels strained when pushed
Sedan
A-Segment
RM 446.91 /month
RM 33,503.02 to
RM 49,176.89
Find this car
Date Reviewed
9 August 2016
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

The new Perodua Bezza takes the national carmaker to new heights - it's the company's first sedan, and comes with many new toys and safety features. But for better or for worse, it feels very much like a Perodua to drive - even though it feels like the company's most complete car to date. There are plenty of cars on the market that are much nicer and better to drive, but if all you want is a traditional sedan with a big boot, your search ends here.

For
  • Strong 1.3 litre Dual VVT-i engine
  • Plenty of space, big boot
  • Stability control on top-spec Advance
  • Standard-fit ABS on all models
Against
  • Unrefined manual gearbox
  • Excessive road noise at speed
  • Steering is slow and imprecise
RM 1,631.23 /month
RM 122,288.00 to
RM 211,729.20
Find this car
Date Reviewed
29 April 2016
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

The Subaru Forester is a good all-rounder that feels just as home on the city streets as it does off-road. Featuring the familiar Subaru DNA of a boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, the Forester also comes with an impressive safety package and a comfortable ride. However, it does command a slight premium over its rivals and isn't the best when it comes to handling.

For
  • Good off-road capabilities
  • Impressive safety package
  • Comfortable ride
Against
  • Interior isn't the most premium
  • CVT not the most responsive
  • No around-view monitor
Hatchback
A-Segment
RM 301.76 /month
RM 22,621.78 to
RM 41,497.37
Find this car
Date Reviewed
15 October 2015
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

In isolation, the Perodua Axia is not exactly a bad car for the first-time buyer - certainly better than the Viva that came before it. But despite the low, low entry price, it doesn't offer that much value for money, and it feels low-rent everywhere you look. Given the strong, if slightly costlier, competition from both Proton and foreign brands, it's best to look elsewhere.

For
  • Wipes the floor with the rest of the class in terms of fuel efficiency
  • 1.0 litre three-pot engine has decent low-end punch
  • Exemplary ride comfort
  • Spacious cabin hides plenty of nifty practical touches
Against
  • Cheap-feeling plastics, shoddy build quality
  • Steering is vague, surprisingly heavy at low speeds
  • Engine is loud and uncouth
  • No ABS on base model
Hatchback
B-Segment
RM 996.04 /month
RM 74,670.00 to
RM 92,886.30
Find this car
Date Reviewed
13 March 2015
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

The new Mazda 2 is striking to look at and has an interior that feels more expensive than it has any right to be, with an impressive amount of kit on offer. It handles nicely too, but the small cabin, firm ride and slightly anaemic 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G engine does take the shine off things.

For
  • Premium-feeling interior
  • High kit count, including lots of feel-good toys
  • Balanced and agile handling
Against
  • Cramped rear accomodation, small boot
  • Ride can be a little harsh at speed
  • 1.5 litre petrol engine struggles under high loads
Hatchback
B-Segment
RM 1,112.51 /month
RM 83,401.32 to
RM 93,888.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
11 June 2014
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

If you value the joy of driving, the sprightly Fiesta is just the sort of car that will get you grinning. Its contemporary looks aid its cause, with an outlook that will appeal to the young and young-at heart. The face of the facelift is a hit or miss visually, and the hatch is still preferable to the sedan, but the Fiesta still makes a case for itself three years on. The EcoBoost 1.0L is the pick of the lot.

For
  • Segment-leading handling and dynamics, drives well above its class.
  • Well-equipped (but the competition is catching up).
  • 1.0 litre EcoBoost is a gem of an engine
Against
  • Six-speed dry dual-clutch system not the smoothest in slow urban conditions.
  • Rear occupant space is a bit cramped.
  • Interior plastics could be better, but look hardy.
  • Average rear visibility.
Hatchback
B-Segment
RM 1,000.31 /month
RM 74,990.00 to
RM 90,628.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
20 May 2014
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

As an entry point to Volkswagen ownership, the Polo does well enough. Compared to sub-RM100k B-segment rivals, as you should, the Polo is competitive in spec and decent to drive. Just don't put it side-by-side with the 1.2 TSI.

For
  • Keen CKD pricing means Malaysia now has a starter VW hatchback.
  • Proven powertrain acquits itself well, and top marks for comfort and refinement.
  • Feels more substantial than Asian B-segment rivals on the move.
Against
  • Being nearly RM30k cheaper than the TSI means sacrifices have to be made in materials and features - if you've been in the CBU car before, you'll feel it.
  • Not as fun to drive as the ads claim.
SUV
Executive
RM 6,606.05 /month
RM 495,233.03 to
RM 599,900.00
Find this car
Date Reviewed
1 January 1970
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value

Going from being one of the heaviest cars in the segment to one of the lightest is no easy task, but Audi has pulled it off with its Q7 - a gist of the model's extreme makeover from one generation to the next. A behemoth from the outside, the Q7 does fall short of spaciousness inside, but score top marks for quality, performance, features and safety.

For
  • Handsome, attention-grabbing style
  • Premium build quality
  • New equipment and features
Against
  • Poor cabin spaciousness
  • Too soft air suspension - even in Sport mode
  • Poor handling