2022 Perodua Alza – full video evaluation of the 7-seater MPV; is that this the very best automobile beneath RM100k, full cease?
You’ve learn our evaluation of the 2022 Perodua Alza and if we sound impressed there, it’s extra of the identical on this complete video evaluation. Right here, Hafriz Shah factors out the issues he likes in regards to the second-generation Alza, in addition to the bits that he doesn’t agree with. And there are a number of of these. This video isn’t brief, nevertheless it accommodates all that you must learn about 2022’s most vital new automobile.
Whereas the Alza isn’t excellent, the adverse factors are within the finer particulars and Perodua has carried out nicely within the issues that matter probably the most in an reasonably priced household MPV – area and practicality, security and effectivity/gasoline financial system. We’ve come to anticipate these issues from the market chief of late, however the Alza throws in a shock bonus – we’ll clarify within the video.
Launched in July, the D27A replaces the unique JDM-based Alza that’s now 13 years old, a number of lifetimes within the automobile world. At 4,425 mm lengthy and 1,730 mm extensive, its footprint is 205 mm longer and 35 mm wider than the outdated Alza, even when the two,750 mm wheelbase is unchanged.
The bigger physique yields extra inside room for each people and cargo – inside size with the second row seats pushed furthest again is 2,765 mm, which is a major 115 mm greater than earlier than. The 35 mm further width of the physique absolutely interprets to inside width, too.
The outdated Alza was barely there as a three-row MPV and had solely 83 litres of boot area with all seats raised. Now, it’s a usable 137 litres (+54L, good for a few duffel luggage). With the third row bench folded (50:50), cargo area is now 498 litres, a large 150L enchancment.
The Alza has been merged with the Toyota Avanza/Veloz and the Daihatsu Xenia, and all sit on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) front-wheel-drive platform. Every has its personal distinctive face, so the Alza will look completely different from the Veloz that can launch in Malaysia quickly. We’ve detailed the Alza-Veloz differences in a separate post here.
Face apart, the Alza, with its distinctive suspension tune and low floor clearance of 160 mm, sits 30 mm decrease than the Malaysian-spec Veloz (190 mm, already decrease than Indonesia’s 205 mm). This intentionally low GC was chosen for straightforward entry and exit for younger and outdated family members, however a low centre of gravity additionally improves dynamics.
Beneath the hood is the Perodua-made Dual VVT-i NR engine that additionally powers the Myvi, Vios/Yaris and the upcoming Veloz. 105 hp and 138 Nm doesn’t sound like a lot, particularly for an MPV, however at 1,170 kg, the Alza is barely 20 kg heavier than the highest spec Vios regardless of having extra steel, seats and options. For added context, the sporty Mazda 3 Hatchback, which additionally comes with a 1.5L NA engine, suggestions the scales at 1,368 kg, almost 200 kg extra. That’s all the way down to the DNGA, which additionally delivers a five-star ASEAN NCAP performance.
P2 says that the brand new engine offers 40% higher gasoline effectivity plus improved efficiency. Eco Idle (auto start-stop) is normal. The Euro 4 four-pot is paired to the D-CVT gearbox that made its native debut with the turbocharged Ativa last year. The world’s first split gear CVT system then appeared in the Myvi facelift, paired with NA NR engines. Right here, like on the Ativa, the D-CVT has handbook mode, which the Myvi misses out on.
New to the model is Drive Modes (H and AV). Regular, Eco and Energy modes are selectable by way of a ‘DRIVE’ steering button on the precise spoke, the place the ‘PWR’ button is on the Ativa and Myvi. Quick press for Energy, lengthy press for Eco. The latter offers heightened response whereas the latter optimises gasoline financial system.
Talking of FC, it’s 22 km/l in what P2 calls the Malaysian Driving Cycle, which supposedly displays native circumstances. It’s 18.9 km/l within the extra acquainted NEDC. Perodua claims that an Alza wants lower than RM40 of RON 95 petrol to journey from KL to Penang (358 km), primarily based on the present RM2.05 per litre. We couldn’t get near 22 km/l, however our common was a good determine – extra within the video.
Within the package division, the Alza will get all gear of the Ativa, with the bonus of some new-to-Perodua options. Six airbags and ASA are normal from the bottom mannequin (no compromise relating to security), and there’s additionally the digital meter panel, ACC + LKC (this pack all the time comes with BSM and RCTA) and the Lexus-level Adaptive Driving Beam LED headlamps.
New-to-brand options embrace the digital parking brake (EPB) with auto brake maintain (necessitates rear disc brakes), a 360-degree panoramic view monitor (may be manually turned on by way of steering button) and a brand new infotainment system that appears higher and has Android Auto and the just-approved Apple CarPlay. The ACC now has low velocity comply with or site visitors jam help.
The extent of package is astounding and is means past what non-national B-segment sedans and hatchbacks supply for the cash. By no means thoughts Proton, which base X50 goes for RM86,300 and has simply 4 airbags. P1’s most cost-effective automobile with ADAS is the X50 Flagship at RM113,300. The identical may be mentioned of the Veloz in fact, however at an estimated RM95k, the T-badged MPV is much less of a price proposition.
The brand new 2022 Perodua Alza is priced at RM62,500 for the bottom X, RM68,000 for the mid-spec H and RM75,500 for the AV. Costs are on-the-road excluding insurance coverage, with gross sales tax. The AV you see right here has the GearUp Prime bodykit with LED daytime working lights, in addition to fake leather-based seat covers and different minor equipment – full GearUp catalogue here. For extra on the Alza, try our spec-by spec comparison post and written review.
GALLERY: 2022 Perodua Alza AV with GearUp bodykit, equipment