One of the most popular vehicles in Malaysia has received a well needed update for 2019. The Perodua Axia has been a staple in the Perodua line-up, and with this release comes a number of features to keep the Axia in line with the times, as well as a new STYLE variant that sits in the middle of the range.
Pricing is as follows:
- Axia E – RM 24,090
- Axia G – RM 33,490
- Axia GXtra – RM 34,990
- Axia STYLE – RM 38,890
- Axia SE – RM 38,890
- Axia AV – RM 43,190
Let’s try to break it down. Powertrains are common across the range – with a 1.0-litre, 3 cylinder naturally aspirated engine pushing 67 hp and 91 Nm of torque, paired with a 4 speed automatic or 5 speed manual. Claimed fuel efficiency is 22.5 km/litre for the E variant, 20.8 km/litre for the STYLE variant, and 21.6 km/litre for the remaining variants.
The AV variant is the priciest but this is to be expected as it comes packed with all the bells and whistles of lesser variants, with Advanced Safety Assist 2.0 being the cherry on top of the cake. Pedestrian Detection up to 50 km/h, Pre-Collision Warning up to 100 km/h, Pre-Collision Braking up to 80 km/h, Front Departure Alert, and Pedal Misoperation Control are all a part of this active safety package, and makes the AV a worthy consideration – and the cheapest car on sale that comes with active safety systems.
Working down from there, variants down to the GXtra receive Vehicle Stability Control, and all variants except the base spec E model come with ABS. ISOFIX is common across the range for ease of proper installation of a child seat – in line with Perodua’s numerous child seat initiatives.
As for the specific STYLE variant, the changes are through cosmetics – hence the name. It’s got a sportier front bumper, roof mouldings, side skirts, and larger rims. It almost looks like a crossover save for its fairly passenger-car ride height, but it’s very indicative of the direction consumers are headed in when it comes to picking a car.
Equipment progression through the range is as you would expect. For RM 24,090, the Axia E comes with
- 5-speed manual (only one in the range)
- Painted Front Grille Finishing
- Projector Headlights
- Body Colour Door Handles
- 14-Inch Steel Rims
- LED Tail Lamps
- Fabric Seats
- Power Windows
- Dual SRS Airbags
Moving up to the Axia G at RM 33,490, Perodua adds
- Electric Side Mirrors
- 14-Inch Alloy Rims
- Rear Wipers
- Audio Head Unit
- Two Front Speakers
- Seat Back Pockets
- Central Locking
- ABS with EBD
- Central Locking With Remote
The Axia GXtra at RM 34,990 goes a little further with
- Retractable Electric Side Mirrors
- Rear Defogger
- Mid-range Fabric Trim
- Two Rear Speakers
- Adjustable Seat Height (for the driver)
- Grab Handles
- Reverse Sensors
- Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control
- Anti-Snatch Hook
Now we’re getting higher up in the range. The Axia SE justifies its RM 38,890 price with
- High-end Projectors
- Turn Signals (for the wing mirrors)
- Semi-bucket Seats (sort of)
- Rear Spoiler
- Blacked-out B Pillars
- Keyless Entry and Start
- Front Corner Sensors
- Solar and Security Window Film
- Bluetooth Connectivity
At the same RM 38,890 price is the Axia STYLE, which as mentioned before is largely an exercise in snazzier bumpers and trim, as well as 15 inch alloy rims. While similar in spec to the SE, it does without the mirror-mounted turn signals and front corner signals, as well as the solar and security film, but it does get clear LED tail lamps.
And of course, topping out the range at RM 43,190 is the Axia AV, with the final additions of
- Multimedia System with Navigation, ‘Smart Link’, Bluetooth, USB, and HDMI
- Leather Wrapped Steering with Audio Controls
- ASA 2.0
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