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Saga vs Bezza – Yang Mana Satu Lebih Baik?
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Saga vs Bezza – Yang Mana Satu Lebih Baik?

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Sedang mencari kereta sedan tempatan yang berpatutan sebagai kereta pertama anda? Banyak habiskan masa buat kajian namun masih buntu? Jangan risau, kami faham. 


Bagi sesetengah pihak, kereta merupakan satu keperluan berbanding kemahuan. Penting untuk mengutamakan ciri ciri seperti keselesaan, keselamatan dan ketahanan untuk kegunaan harian. 

So, Saga vs Bezza

Proton Saga atau Perodua Bezza

Yang mana satu pilihan terbaik bagi mereka yang mencari kenderaan pertama? Bagi mereka yang baru mula bekerja dan sedang mencari kereta sedan keluaran tempatan sebagai kereta pertama, Perodua Bezza 2020 dan Proton Saga 2019 merupakan pilihan yang terbaik berdasarkan spesifikasi dan harga yang ditawarkan.

Untuk perbandingan kali ini, kami akan membandingkan kedua jentera ini mengikut spesifikasi mereka yang tertinggi dalam keluaran mereka, iaitu Proton Saga 1.3 Premium dan Perodua Bezza 1.3 AV. 

1. Harga

Saga VS Bezza - kereta sedan mampu milik terbaik

Bagi Perodua Bezza 1.3 AV, harganya agak lebih mahal berbanding pesaingnya, Saga dengan RM48,356. Sementara itu, Proton Saga 1.3 Premium hanya bernilai RM 39,800. Perbezaan RM8000 lebih tu besar juga kalau nak dikira dalam ekonomi masa kini. Namun anda boleh mendapatkan kedua model ini dengan harga yang lebih murah. Tetapi, spesifikasinya tak kelas pertama la. Tepuk dada, tanya selera mengikut spesifikasi yang anda mahu. 

2. Spesifikasi

2019 Proton Saga engine

Model  Saga   Bezza 
Jenis Enjin 1.3 Liter, 16 Valve DOHC, VVT 1.3 liter, 1NR-VE
Injap DOHC dengan DUAL VVT DOHC dengan DUAL VVT-i
Anjakan (cc) 1332 1329
Silinder 4 4
Transmisi 4 Kelajuan Auto 4 Kelajuan Auto
Tangki minyak (liter) 40 36
Output maksimum 95 PS / 70kw / 5,750rpm 95 PS / 70kw / 6,000rpm
Tork Maksimum 120nm / 4,000rpm 121nm / 4,000rpm

Perodua Bezza 2020 Engine

Kalau kita lihat berdasarkan dari segi enjin dan prestasi, tak banyak beza pun sebenarnya. Perodua Bezza menghasilkan 1 Nm tork lebih dibandingkan dengan Proton Saga tapi kami tak pasti walaupun anda pelumba Formula 1 seperti Lewis Hamilton yang anda dapat merasakan perbezaan tork itu di atas jalan. 

Saga VS Bezza - kereta sedan mampu milik terbaik

Yang lebihnya pada Perodua Bezza 2020 ni, jimat minyak! Bezza merupakan kenderaan tempatan jimat tenaga (EEV) pertama yang menampilkan ciri auto start – stop. Dengan sistem Eco Idle, penggunaan minyak pada Bezza adalah lebih jimat dengan 4.5-liter/100 km ataupun 22 km/liter berbanding Saga dengan hanya 6.7-liter/100 km atau 14.9 km/liter.

3. Keselamatan

2020 Perodua Bezza ASA

Sebenarnya point keselamatan ni patut diletakkan di nombor satu, bukannya nombor tiga sebab safety is important!

Tapi walau apa apa pun, dalam kategori ini, Bezza memang juara. Kenapa? Sebab Bezza ada Advance Safety Assist 2.0. Apa ASA tu? 2.0 pulak tu? Akan datang ada 3.0 ke?

Kita terangkan satu per satu. Dalam bahasa mudah, sepasang kamera telah dipasangkan di cermin depan bagi mengesan halangan di bahagian hadapan kereta. Bila ada halangan, kereta ini akan memberikan Amaran Pra-Pelanggaran kepada pemandu. Bagaimana? Dengan memberikan amaran bunyi. Bukan itu sahaja, kereta ini turut akan mengaktifkan Brek Pra-Pelanggaran apabila system mengesan ada risiko pelanggaran.

Kalau tertekan minyak dengan kuat secara tak sengaja, ASA 2.0 akan mengambil alih sistem kereta anda dan menghentikan kereta daripada melompat dan menghentam dinding di hadapan. Untuk orang yang kelam kabut dan gelabah, sistem ini amat berguna! Kadang kadang kita mengelamun sebab lampu isyarat lama sangat nak tukar hijau, kita hilang focus terhadap kereta depan yang dah lama jalan. Dengan ASA 2.0, selepas berhenti di lampu isyarat, kalau kereta yang berada dalam lingkungan 10m di hadapan dah jalan, kereta akan memberi amaran kepada pemandu. 

Yang jelas Proton Saga agak ketinggalan dalam aspek kesalamatan dibandingkan dengan Perodua Bezza. Saga mempunyai ciri keselamatan asas yang sama seperti Bezza seperti ABS, EBD, VSC dan Brake Assist. Perodua dah guna ASA 2.0 ni pada jentera keluaran mereka pada harga mampu milik. Hebat!

4. Design (dalaman dan luaran)

Kalau nak cerita tentang design, ia merupakan sesuatu yang subjektif. Apa yang cantik dimata kita tak semestinya cantik dimata orang lain.

Dari segi luaran, Bezza kelihatan agak sedikit tegap dan tinggi berbanding Saga. Ini bukanlah sesuatu yang mengejutkan kerana Bezza menerima penambah baikan ataupun ‘Facelift’ tahun lepas. Dalam versi ini, Bezza tampil dengan lampu LED hadapan yang baru, bumper dan gril baru (depan dan belakang), rim aluminium dwi tona bersaiz 15 inci baru. Pendek kata memang lebih baik la daripada design Bezza sebelum ini. Untuk Saga pula, model ini tiba dengan bumper dan gril (depan dan belakang) yang baru dan LED Daytime Running Lights. 

Dari segi dalaman, Bezza menampilkan ciri ciri yang lebih moden berbanding Saga. Bezza menggunakan kunci (keyless), dilengkapi dengan tempat duduk kulit yang selesa yang disertakan bersama penyangkut beg. Namun untuk Proton Saga, ia masih menggunakan kunci. Tetapi, untuk keselesaan dalaman secara keseluruhan, Proton Saga mendahului dengan tempat duduk bersaiz penuh yang disediakan di bahagian hadapan dan bunyi enjin yang lebih senyap.

Yang lagi penting, stereng Saga boleh dilaraskan mengikut ketinggian yang anda mahu. Bezza hanya mampu melihat kerana ia tidak hadir dengan kelebihan tersebut. Sekali lagi diingatkan, keselesaan itu bergantung kepada individu itu juga. Jadi pergilah test drive kedua-dua kereta ini sebelum memilih!

Model Saga Bezza
Panjang (mm)        4,331     4,170   
Lebar (mm) 1,689 1,620
Tinggi (mm) 1,491 1,525
Berat (kg) 1,065   940

Jika kita berkata tentang kereta sedan, keluasan but belakang semestinya menjadi keutamaan. Bezza mempunyai keluasan sebanyak 508 liter, jauh lebih baik berbanding Saga dengan 420 liter. Kalau ada banyak barang untuk diisi, Bezza merupakan pilihan terbaik. Tetapi jika keselesaan dan keluasan tempat duduk menjadi pilihan utama anda, pilihlah Saga.

Jadi kesimpulannya, kedua duanya merupakan model yang baik yang boleh anda dapati dengan harga yang berpatutan. Jika anda ingin membeli kereta pertama dan mendaftar sebagai pemandu Grab, Bezza amatlah berguna dengan sistem keselamatan ASA 2.0 mereka dan lebih menjimatkan minyak. Ini menjelaskan kenapa harga Bezza agak sedikit mahal berbanding Saga. Namun, kawalan pemanduannya turut kurang baik berbanding Proton Saga dimana handling tersohor Proton menyerlah. 

Sistem audio (Android) yang jauh lebih baik turut menambah lagi keselesaan Saga. Kekurangannya? Tiada ASA 2.0 dan ruang simpanan belakang yang kecil berbanding Bezza. Tapi harganya juga jauh lebih murah!

Persoalannya, sedan mana yang menjadi pilihan hati anda? Renung-renungkan dan selamat memilih!

NCAP Believes There's A Huge Global Disparity In The Safety Of Cars
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NCAP Believes There's A Huge Global Disparity In The Safety Of Cars

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Is it a global conspiracy, or just a necessary disparity in production techniques? Let's discuss.


In a recent article by Autocar, Global NCAP stated that similar cars in different markets perform differently in crash tests - and even insinuated that local testing standards in different regions vary in terms of stringency and strictness. Their evidence lies in the fact that certain global models - for example, the Renault Kwid - score just two stars in Global NCAP testing.

Renault Kwid

That being said, the variant of the Kwid sold in Africa and India are even worse than the one sold in Brazil (which scored two stars), as these models don't have as much structural reinforcement in the A-pillars of the chassis. All of these points are pretty alarming, as is the figure that over 90% of the 1.3 million annual road deaths globally are attributed to cars sold in lower-income markets (i.e. structurally weak cars).

2020 Subaru BRZ

But let's take a look at things for a moment. First of all, there is a bit of a logical leap required because the driving conditions in these countries can be significantly different. Malaysia has a particularly high accident rate, and at much higher speeds than other countries because - well, Malaysian drivers. But going to a marginally stronger car isn't going to resolve this, short of everyone buying a Volvo and throwing caution to the wind. 

Cars In the streets

The second is that NCAP testing also tends to favour cars with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and to get a full five-star rating in many cases require you to have these systems in place - a big leap from just the all-round airbags and electronic driver aids that used to be the gold standard. You can see it in the fact that almost every car across every market segment has some form of ADAS installed.

Unfortunately, these ADAS systems are heavily reliant on the driving conditions and the drivers being somewhat predictable or falling into line. It works in countries with more disciplined drivers such as the United States or Germany, but in Malaysia, we hardly have properly painted lane lines, we have drivers who erratically change lanes, and we have ever changing road and weather conditions. ADAS systems would be a half measure here.

What is most important is to educate drivers properly, to severely revamp the driving syllabus, and to look at improving drivers holistically - not just in terms of road manners, but understanding and car control. The average Swedish teenager has far better car control in any condition than even seasoned drivers here, who slow down to a snail's pace in the wet. This discipline and fidelity mean that even ADAS is only needed as a backup when the driver is truly distracted or impaired.

Volvo safety

Ultimately, there's no doubt that cars sold in different markets are simply built differently. You can feel it with the levels of refinement, the materials used, and obviously, this also filters down into the very construction of a car. But rather than complain about it or force automakers to improve construction (which drives prices up even higher), we should look at making drivers safer.

Audi 2020

It's also highly unlikely that we can move people into newer cars - especially with the economy taking such a large hit and people struggling to get by. Even if you were to improve the safety standards of cars you can currently buy, you aren't going to do much for the vast majority of people who will inevitably buy cars secondhand, from a time before ADAS was even an acronym. 

Review: 2021 Mercedes Benz GLB 200 - A Small SUV That Is Big On Practicality
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Review: 2021 Mercedes Benz GLB 200 - A Small SUV That Is Big On Practicality

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The GLB 200 might be the entry-level GLB, but it doesn't feel anywhere entry level in my opinion.


Just as you think that Mercedes Benz cannot produce more SUVs, they come out with another one, filling yet again another small void in their expansive SUV line up.

Sitting between the GLA and GLC, the GLB is Mercedes' new smallish SUV that is probably more practical than the two Mercedes models it is sandwiched in between. 

2021 GLB 200

There are three variants of the GLB available in Malaysia, the GLB 200 Progressive Line, GLB 250 4Matic AMG Line and an AMG model, the GLB 35 4Matic. 

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia gave us the entry-level GLB 200 Progressive Line for a review, and it really did provide us with the opportunity to see why MB thinks that we need this car in the world.
 
Many have said that the GLB is a baby G-Wagon, but we beg to differ because its more of a baby GLS than anything else. It looks like it's a direct descendant of Mercedes' biggest SUV but just a miniature version.

2021 GLB 200 side profile

Who is the GLB for? People who love the idea of owning a smallish Mercedes SUV that can carry more than five people yet it won't cost them an arm and a leg to buy one. How did Mercedes get the price to be so low? Well, despite its rugged SUV styling and looks, it is built on the same front-wheel-drive platform as the GLA, which is actually a platform that is heavily borrowed from Mercedes' most entry-level car, the A-Class hatchback.

2021 GLB 200 7 seater

Platform aside, the GLB is longer than the two models mentioned as it is 10cm longer between the front and rear wheels, to make space for that third-row of seats that sits flush into the floor when it is not needed. Looking at the dimensions, the GLB is nearly as big as the GLC thanks to its height and squared-off styling.

2021 GLB 200 rear

No matter what your opinion on the size is, there's no denying that the GLB is one handsome car, even in the entry-level GLB 200 form. The exterior styling does project strength and ruggedness while the interior just oozes class and sophistication. 

The cockpit of all smaller Mercedes-Benz's is mostly identical, but the GLB has this added touch of SUV machismo to it. A combination of shiny metal looking trim and heavy-duty looking plastic flanks the steering wheel and widescreen infotainment/meter cluster display. It's pretty futuristic to look at, and the controls are all quite intuitive. 

2021 GLB 200 interior

Saying that however, there's just nothing special about the cockpit, but then again, we have been spoilt by the suaveness and luxury its bigger brothers provide. 

The front seats are supportive and comfortable while the second-row seats are best used by two passengers instead of three - as the hump in the middle is really not suitable for adults on long journeys. But of course, the piece de resistance of the GLB is the third-row seats so what are they like? 

In all honesty, they are more for kids than anyone else. You can fit adults back there sure, but you'd have to play a bit of border control to get the legroom just right between the second (it can be adjusted forward and backwards) and the third-row. For us little Asians, headroom is adequate in the third row, but taller adults might hit their head on the headliner if it gets bumpy. But then again, despite its small misgivings, the two extra seats at the rear is a useful feature, something that a family person like me would hold dear to his heart.

2021 GLB 200 rear seats

Driving the GLB 200, you'd think that the SUV would have a typical 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, but the GLB 200 is powered by a 1.33-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 163 hp and 250 Nm of torque, paired to a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. 

Power is sufficient even when the car is fully laden, but it is a bit jerky during initial acceleration - an inherent dual-clutch character. Once it gets going though, it's as smooth as any Mercedes. Mercedes' turbocharged engines are superb and this one is no different despite its smaller displacement.

Seeing that the GLB 200 comes with comfort suspension, you'd think that the SUV would handle badly, but it's quite alright, you know. The car feels tight, doesn't wallow as much as I thought it would and has a good planted feeling. The steering feels a bit light, but you'd probably love that when manoeuvring around town when it has to navigate through tight parking spots and city streets.

2021 GLB rear view

Since it is an SUV, what is it like in the rough? Despite not having the GLB 250's all-wheel drive (4MATIC) and Off-Road Engineering package, which adds an additional drive mode to the Dynamic Select system, it does pretty much handle itself. 

We had the opportunity to take it on some gravel tracks and some horrible old roads. Despite slipping a little bit on an incline on the gravel path, traction control did its job and provided good grip. The suspension also seems to handle big holes in the road well and never really caused any concerns when going through old secluded laneways.

To be honest the best bit of the GLB 200 on top of all the good stuff it already has, is its fuel consumption. With a fuel economy of  7.2 L/100km, it just feels that the fuel is going to last forever. We went everywhere fully laden and it still sipped fuel despite carrying all that weight around. 

2021 GLB front view

With all of that being said would we recommend the GLB to anyone? If you're a family person who might need to occasionally ferry extra family members around on top of your own, then yes, the GLB is a perfect SUV for you. 

If you're just a normal person who likes a brutish looking car and likes a lot of space so that your car can be practical when called upon, then yes, the GLB is for you. 

But if you plan to carry seven adults everywhere, then there are more spacious cars out there. If budget is also a problem, then there are cheaper cars out there than can probably deliver the same if not better results. 

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Price: RM 269,118.15 OTR (5% Sales Tax) w/o Insurance
  • Engine: 1.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Transmission: 7G-DCT 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Horsepower: 163 
  • Torque: 250 Nm 
  • Fuel Consumption: 7.2L/100km (combined)
  • Safety and Assistance: Reverse camera, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, Active brake assist, PRE-SAFE® system, HANDS-FREE ACCESS, KEYLESS-GO, Kneebag, TPMS, EASY-PACK Tailgate, Anti-theft alarm system, TIREFIT, Rear selt belt status indicator

 

 

ATTENTION Peugeot Owners in Malaysia!
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ATTENTION Peugeot Owners in Malaysia!

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Berjaya Auto Alliance Sdn Bhd (BAASB), the new custodian of the Peugeot brand in Malaysia wants all current Peugeot owners to update your information.


This is part of its efforts to streamline its system to improve the customer ownership experience in the future. Owners can update their information on the official Peugeot website, www.peugeot.com.my, which commenced on 1st January 2021.

2020 Peugeot 5008

It is hoped through this exercise, information such as service reminders, warranty periods, service campaigns, news, and additional support could be made more accessible for Peugeot owners. You are required to provide proof of your vehicle registration card, service, and warranty booklets, by logging onto the website and completing the information updates. All information collected is protected in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) law of Malaysia. 

A good start and initiative so far by BAASB to improve the Peugeot ownership experience here locally. 

For more information, customers can log on to www.peugeot.com.my or drop an email at customersupport@baasb.com.my. Customers can also contact the updated Peugeot Customer Support number at 03-7627 8818, which operates from Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 6.00pm.

Malaysian Cyclists Want Exclusive Use Of The Motorcycle Lane On Weekends
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Malaysian Cyclists Want Exclusive Use Of The Motorcycle Lane On Weekends

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Of all the ways to start the year, this might be one of the worst.


Why is that cyclists feel they are entitled to more and more of our existing road infrastructure? Astro Awani reported that a Bukit Jelutong community organizer by the name of Faz Adhili is demanding that the government reserve motorcycle lanes on main highways for exclusive cyclist use on the weekends.

The rationale for this is that traffic should be lower, and therefore it would be fine for cyclists to pretty much have a weekly takeover. The problem is it is already a grey area for motorcycles to be on the main highway when there is a motorcycle lane, and to add to that cyclists definitely shouldn't be on highways either. 

Many statements from the government have also indicated that they are getting tired of this entitlement and arrogance from cyclists, saying that they may propose a registration system for bicycles on par with those of cars. If anything, regulations are tightening for road cyclists in the coming years.

Cycling Highway Malaysia

But as a solid counterpoint, my colleague Adam Aubrey - a fan of two-wheeled machines, both motorized and not - has his own views:

In my many years of cycling either abroad or in Malaysia, never have I ever wanted to be on the same road as fast moving vehicles. Instead, my friends and I would look for the quietest of routes so that we can enjoy our healthy hobby. We have travelled to many states in Malaysia and have had a wonderful time cycling all over Malaysia without being harassed nor have we annoyed motorised vehicles. 

The reason why there is a war against cyclists at the moment is probably down to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic which has limited the movement of people has probably caused an influx of cyclists to carry out their activity in the capital where the infrastructure is not suitable for serious group cycling. With the addition of new cyclists who have just picked up the hobby, many have headed towards roads not suitable for cycling, just so that they can clock some of that much needed kilometres that cyclists love.

road bike malaysia cycling

They also used to be able to express themselves at closed road cycling events, but due to mass gathering restrictions, no events are allowed at the moment. Unfortunately, enforcement agencies do not understand what is going on and have slapped some silly rules which they think will help cyclists and motorists. Making lights and bells mandatory will not solve the issue.

There's also an opinion that cyclists should be licensed and registered in the same way motorists are so that they can be accountable in an event of an accident, but shouldn't preventing the accident be the main point? To build a cycling-friendly infrastructure will take decades so perhaps during this pandemic period we should just tell motorists to share the roads with cyclists and tell cyclists to be more mindful and cycle on roads that are safer for themselves- because, at the end of the day, cyclists are more at risk of injuries than those on motorised vehicles. 

Until some reasonable rulings are put in place, unfortunately, no one will be happy. Motorbikes used to be the de facto road users that everyone loves to hate but now it's the turn of the other two wheeled machine. Maybe car drivers just hate anything with two wheels and treat them more like pests than anything else.