In recent years, the MPV segment has received tremendous growth as demands for this sort of vehicle has increased. Drivers whom are used to driving sedan cars are considering to upgrade to MPV as they provide better space and more seats, which can ferry more people with extra comfortability for a long journey.
As it is the New Year, you may be considering to upgrade your current ride to a bigger car. Below are the Top 4 MPV below RM 100,000 that you can consider to purchase.
Nissan Grand Livina 1.6 & 1.8
The Nissan Grand Livina was first introduced to the Malaysian market in 2006 and it was considered as one of the famous choice then. The key selling point for Grand Livina was ample space of an MPV, drives like a normal sedan. With its lower ride height compared to other MPV in the market, the Grand Livina allows of ease of access getting up and down the car.
Powered by Nissan’s HR (for 1.6) and MR (for 1.8) series engine, this engine proves to be very frugal and silent operation which provides low roaring noise intruding into the cabin. The 1.6 is available in either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, whereas the 1.8 only comes available with 4-speed automatic transmission. Also, to further compliment the frugal fuel consumption, both the engines uses Drive-By-Wire technology which uses electric throttle body rather than cable throttle body.
On the inside, the Grand Livina provides ample space for its passenger even during long distance driving. The 3rd row seats are also relatively larger than its competitors so adults can fit there comfortably. The dashboard provides an airy feel to its passenger with large window to further compliment the space available.
Safety-wise, the Grand Livina comes with a host of safety features as standard equipment, such as ABS with Brake Assist, and Electronic Brake Distribution. Unfortunately, it does not come with Electronic Stability Control and there is only 2 airbags across the range.
The Grand Livina’s price starts from RM 83,974.92 for the 1.6 MT variant, and goes all the way up to RM 96,574.42 for the 1.8 AT variant.
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Perodua Alza 1.5
What is most likely Malaysia’s go-to car when it comes to compact MPVs, the Perodua Alza was first introduced in November 2009 with a Standard and Premium variant. Its key selling point is similar to the Grand Livina, with it being able to provide the ample space of an MPV, but still easy enough to drive around. However, the Alza is the more affordable option. Many people considered the Alza as a ‘Myvi on steroids’ not because of its strength but rather, its appearance.
The Alza is powered by a 1.5 DVVT engine, which doesn’t sound like much but it proves to be sufficient as the Alza is seen all over the streets in Malaysia. Paired to either a conventional 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission, the Alza offers excellent fuel consumption with estimated fuel efficiency range of 450 km per tank.
On the inside, Perodua has made changes to the facelift Alza, where the 3rd row seat is now 50:50 ratio split folding compared to the one-piece 3rd row folding seat on the pre-facelift Alza. Another plus point for the Alza is the 2nd row seats can be moved forward and backwards to expand the legroom for 3rd row passengers.
Safety wise, the Alza S comes with only 2 SRS Airbags and ISOFIX child restraint system. ABS, EBD and Brake Assist are only available on the SE and Advanced variant. Sadly, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) does not come as standard for Alza which is a shame as other manufacturers are pushing to fit ESC as standard equipment.
The Perodua Alza is priced from RM57,927.25 for the 1.5 S MT variant all the way up to RM63,389.45 for the 1.5 Advanced AT variant.
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Proton Exora 1.6 CPS & CFE
Known to be Proton’s second attempt at conquering the MPV market, the Proton Exora made its debut in April 2009, months before the Alza was released. It was designed as a more affordable solution for families that are looking around for MPVs without sacrificing interior space. At the point of its release, there were no MPVs or compact MPVs that can offer this type of package in a similar price range.
The Exora is powered by either 1.6 Campro CPS or a 1.6 Campro CFE engine, in which the former is paired to either a conventional 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission, while the latter is paired only to a 7-speed CVT transmission. The main difference between the two is that the CFE engine is turbocharged, which is said to be similar to a regular 2.0L engine in terms of performance. Fuel efficiency is decent in the Exora, with the CVT version giving the best results.
On the interior, it’s definitely bigger than the Alza in all 3 dimensions. Every single seat inside the Exora is spaced so well that you’d be able to bring a family of 7 to ‘balik kampung’ without much discomfort throughout the journey. If you’re ferrying kids around, you’d practically have your own mini-bus by using the Exora.
In terms of safety, ABS with EBD is a standard safety equipment for all variants of the Exora. Most of the variants will come with 2 airbags, with the exception of the 1.6 CFE Super Premium CVT variant, which has 4 airbags instead. Electronic Stability Control is only available on the Premium and Super Premium Variant.
The Proton Exora 1.6 CPS Standard AT is priced from RM54,195.77 for the 1.6 CPS Standard MT variant, to RM78,505.22 for the 1.6 CFE Super Premium CVT variant.
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Toyota Avanza 1.3 & 1.5
What is considered Toyota’s experiment on mixing an SUV with an MPV, the Toyota Avanza is a unique looking vehicle that defied the conventional MPV design and decided to go for a more urban-family appearance. It made its Malaysian debut in 2003, with its name taken from the Italian word ‘Avanzato’, which means ‘Advance’. Its unique selling point is in its unconventional design, where you’ll have both an MPV and a family car, without the need to buy 2 separate cars.
The Avanza is powered by either a 1.3L VVT-i engine, with the 5-speed manual transmission as its only option, or a 1.5L VVT-i engine, which is paired to a conventional 4-speed automatic transmission. Initial acceleration is a wee bit sluggish but given that it’s supposed to accommodate a lot of people inside, it is forgiveable. Engine noise is on the low side and it’s known to be frugal on fuel consumption.
Interior-wise, it’s relatively closer to the Alza and Grand Livina in terms of spaciousness. It is still possible to seat 7 people inside comfortably but the Exora would be more comfortable if you’re going to fit in that many people. The dashboard doesn’t have a very heavy plastic feeling, which gives the car a more solid feel.
Safety-wise, 2 airbags, ISOFIX child restraint system, and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution is standard for all variants. Unfortunately, Electronic Stability Control is absent in all variants of the Avanza.
The Toyota Avanza is priced from RM66,980.37 for the 1.3 E MT variant, all the way up to RM78,354.05 for the 1.5 S AT variant.
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Hopefully, you'll have a clearer image as to which MPV to opt for. If you have a big family, or just simply ferry people around a lot, rest assured that all 4 of these MPVs will be able to provide you the necessary space and comfort without breaking the bank. In fact, some of these MPVs are more than capable to replace your everyday car as they're easy to drive around with and are pretty light on fuel.
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