Perodua Aruz D38L (2019-Present) Expert Review
23 September 2022
The Aruz is a large, spacious and mostly comfortable family SUV, but its appeal is now limited next to the excellence of the new Alza. Only for those who must have an SUV bodystyle in this price range.
Engine is strong enough to haul this seven-seat SUV, no problem - can naik Genting, don't worry. But it's loud, and the four-speed automatic does feel old-school now. Fuel consumption is decent, but is thirsty next to the Alza.
Ride & Handling
It's a tall ladder-frame SUV with soft suspension, and it really feels it. Body roll through corners is significant, especially with passengers on board. But, its turning circle is very tight, making it easy to park and manoeuvre around town.
Again its more utilitarian roots do show here. It's ride is relatively bouncy, less controlled than the new Alza. But, the driver sits up high with a great view out, making it easier to drive despite its larger overall size.
Six airbags and ESC are fitted as standard, although active safety features including AEB is only on the AV. Worth looking into the top variant for the added safety alone.
The Aruz is definitely big and spacious, with enough space to be a genuine seven seater. Boot size is more than decent too - fold the seats down and it becomes as practical as a van.
The Aruz was an easy recommendation before the new Alza was launched. Now however, it's a tough ask as the Alza is newer, more advanced, far more comfortable and cheaper to boot. Still, if you must have an SUV with seven seats, the Aruz remains a good buy.