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Finally, the Perodua Ativa has been officially launched in Malaysia. Instead of the customary big event, Perodua unveiled the D55L SUV via a virtual launch this evening, finally confirming the Ativa name in the proc...
Perodua Ativa merupakan SUV segmen-A yang dilancarkan di Malaysia pada Mac 2021. Ia adalah model yang dibangunkan bersama Perodua dan Daihatsu menggunakan platform Daihatsu New Global Archtecture (DNGA) sebagai kemb...
We've covered the Perodua Ativa rather extensively on this website, as I'm sure you've noticed by now. It's what we do here at , more so with new national car launches. Regular readers would know we handled the Prot...
Life. Never straightforward, is it? Even if yours is as straight as an arrow, the universe will find a way to make it um, more interesting. Cue Covid, which upended the world and its ways.
If you told me in 2019...
1. The Ativa is a pocket SUV that gets you from A to Z, through muddy puddles and KL floods and rough terrains going up to your favorite off-road cycling site. And it does it in comfort without rattling your bones or breaking a sweat.
2. It has a tall roofline which gives a very roomy feel. This also has a psychological effect on occupants especially on long distance journeys such as your weekend drive to Raub for durian.
3. The air conditioning is brilliant. Often reminds me of the first generation Proton Saga which left us kids freezing in the back seat.
4. Fuel economy is subjective, depending pretty much on how far you push the pedal. It is acceptable for a mini SUV. I find fueling the car with RON97 does give it better mileage and obviously, a tad more power over the RON95.
5. The digital dash has all the right displays at the right positions. Some may not like the horizontal disc shape RPM meter as some people - like me (oldies) prefer an analog looking digital RPM meter to remind us where the redline is.
6. Seats are comfortable, it is of the right size and easy to maintain.
1. Drive it uphill and it screams murder. The engine's scream can scare everyone, even for someone who is used to 8,500rpm civic FD2R owners
2. Plasticky feel in the cabin, especially the side handle where guys like me would rest my knee on. There are some sharp edges that could have been molded better.
3. You can hear almost anything and everything that happens underneath the car. I am guessing the noise cancellation is not superior to Myvi, which is priced cheaper.
4. A miserable rear view camera reminds me of my earlier Nokia camera phone.
5. Plastik bungkus hook is gone. I cannot "gantung" my teh ais bungkus.
6. No DRLs as standard.
1. DCT gearbox over the CVT. Better performance and perhaps better fuel consumption, albeit slightly more expensive.
2. Soft plastic would be nice in the cabin.
3. Improved sound insulation especially on the floorboard and doors
4. Surround cameras.
5. "Teh Ais Bungkus" plastic hook should make a comeback
6. DRLs on the top models should be standard and not an option with bodykit
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