If you ask most car buyers in Malaysia what type of car they’re looking for, chances are their checklist will fit the description of a B-segment car. And that’s because B-segment vehicles sit in the sweet spot of affordability, practicality, and refinement making them the most popular choice among buyers.
If you’re looking for an affordable car that’s feature-packed without sacrificing comfort and safety, the B-segment is a good place to start looking into.
What Is a B-Segment Car?
Malaysia generally follows the European segmentation of passenger cars starting from the A- to D-segment and beyond. A-segment cars are considered the smallest, which in Malaysia, include vehicles like the Perodua Axia and Proton Saga.
B-segment cars sit between the A- and C-segments, making them the second smallest cars by size. That being said, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to car sizing and its segments, so the range can differ.
Other factors that influence a car’s segment are its levels of refinement and cost. If A-segment cars are considered budget-friendly options for students and fresh graduates, then B-segment cars are those that are feature-packed and offer a good level of comfort while still being affordable. And while they’re not as refined as C-segment cars like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, B-segment cars are widely more favored thanks to their excellent value for money.
So, here are the best B-segment cars in Malaysia.
1. Perodua Myvi
A 2019 Perodua Myvi AV 1.5 sold for RM52,000 on CARSOME
The Perodua Myvi is arguably Malaysia’s favorite car. This B-segment car is attractive, spacious, practical, and easy to drive on Malaysia’s crowded streets. You can find the Myvi with a 1.3L or 1.5L engine that are both powerful enough while having a fuel consumption of as low as 21.3 km/L making it great for daily commutes and balik kampung trips.
Although it’s a hatchback, the Myvi has a spacious interior and a 277L boot that’s expandable via its foldable rear seats that’s great for single adults and even small families. There’s also an anti-theft hook to hold your valuables so you have more security against snatch thieves. Other than the base variant, all Myvis come with some degree of Perodua’s A.S.A (Advanced Safety Assist) that includes features like Pre-Collision Braking, Pedal Misoperation Control, and Lane Keep Control.
Basic safety features such as Traction Control and Hill-start Assist are standard on all variants which means you won’t compromise safety no matter which variant you choose. The Myvi starts from RM46,500 for the base 1.3G (without PSDA) up to RM59,900 for the range-topping 1.5L AV.
2. Honda City
A 2021 Honda City E sold for RM78,500 on CARSOME
If you’re looking for a refined, all-rounder B-segment sedan, the Honda City won’t disappoint you. Besides ticking all the boxes of what you would want in a B-segment car, the City is currently the only one in the segment with a hybrid option.
It comes in naturally aspirated (NA) versions with a 1.5L engine and a hybrid 1.5L RS version that has the engine paired with a lithium-ion battery and a powerful electric motor capable of producing 253 Nm of torque. This torque figure is comparable to a 2.5L engine, so you can expect punchy acceleration in the hybrid version. The hybrid powertrain gives an impressive fuel consumption of 27.8 km/L versus 18.5 km/L on the NA variants.
Being a Honda, you can expect the City to have a refined and ergonomic interior for both driver and passengers contributing to a very comfortable ride. It also has rear aircon vents, a spacious 519L boot, and USB charging ports at the front and rear.
Standard safety features include Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist, and Emergency Stop Signal, while the Honda SENSING advanced safety features are only available on the RS hybrid version. The price of a Honda City ranges from RM77,600 for the base 1.5L S up to RM108,800 for the 1.5L RS hybrid.
3. Proton X50
A 2022 Proton X50 Standard sold for RM84,400 on CARSOME
If you want the affordability of a B-segment car in a high-riding, rugged package, then it’s worth considering the Proton X50. It’s one of the best-selling SUVs in Malaysia, even clinching the title of overall best-selling vehicle in July 2022. It comes with a powerful turbocharged 1.5L engine paired with a smooth seven-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission).
This B-segment SUV offers a slew of attractive features including multiple drive modes, remote engine start, rear aircon vents, and an infotainment system with voice command, as well as 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity. With its ample space and impressive finishing, the X50’s cabin is also a very comfortable place to be in.
Standard safety features on all variants include Auto Brake Hold, Hill Hold Assist, and Hill Descent Control, while only the top-of-the-line Flagship variant has advanced driver assistance features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist. The Proton X50 starts from RM86,300 for the 1.5T Standard to RM113,300 for the 1.5 TGDI Flagship, making it a solid B-segment SUV with premium features and finishing.
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4. Perodua Alza
The new generation Perodua Alza that was launched in 2022 is a long-awaited update to Perodua’s beloved B-segment MPV. Based on the Toyota Veloz, the Alza is now bigger and more refined, being designed with passenger comfort in mind. It has a 137L luggage capacity in its seven-seater configuration and 498L with the third-row seats folded down, making it great for long road trips.
It also has ceiling-mounted rear aircon vents, rear armrests, three USB ports, and up to two 12V power sockets for your passengers to charge their mobile devices. This B-segment car is also the first Perodua to feature a 360-degree camera (only on the range-topping 1.5L AV), electric parking brake with auto hold, and rear disc brakes.
Although the Alza ranges from an affordable RM62,500 for the base 1.5L X to RM75,500 for the 1.5L AV, it’s still equipped with A.S.A. In fact, even the 1.5L X has Pre-Collision Warning with Braking, Front Departure Alert, and Lane Departure Warning with Prevention. With its versatility and wealth of features, the Perodua Alza is easily one of the best B-segment family cars in Malaysia.
5. Proton Persona
A 2017 Proton Persona Standard sold for RM33,600 on CARSOME
The Proton Persona stands out in this list of B-segment cars as it’s the cheapest car here while providing exceptional space. Being a sedan, the Persona has ample cabin space and a large 510L boot, so if you’re looking for an affordable family sedan, definitely consider the Persona.
It’s powered by a 1.6L engine, so power is no issue here. Couple that with Proton’s ride and handling, and you have a car that’s planted and engaging to drive around corners. However, the Persona is not as well equipped as its other competitors on this list when it comes to creature comforts. Its standard features include ECO Drive Assist, Intelligent Entry with push start button, and an N95 cabin filter.
Only the Premium variant gets an infotainment system that supports voice command, 4G, Wi-Fi, and several online services. That being said, all variants have six USB ports with five of them being for charging. In terms of safety, the Persona doesn’t have advanced driver assistance but does come with standard features such as Traction Control and Hill Hold Assist.
Priced from RM47,800 for the 1.6L Standard up to RM58,300 for the 1.6L Premium, the Proton Persona is a great B-segment car if what you need is a no-nonsense spacious family sedan.
Get a Quality B-Segment Car on CARSOME
These B-segment cars are some of the best value-for-money vehicles in the market and are a great fit for a wide range of buyers. Just be sure to consider your needs, budget, and lifestyle, and you’re sure to pick the right one for you.
If you’re looking for a pre-owned B-segment car, check out CARSOME. Besides putting all our cars through a strict 175-point inspection, we also professionally refurbish them to ensure they’re in top condition.
Additionally, each CARSOME Certified car comes with a fixed price and no hidden fees, a five-day money-back guarantee, and a one-year warranty for extra peace of mind.
Devan is a long-time writer who has dabbled in different fields from media to marketing. He enjoys some virtual driving on Forza Horizon and likes reading about various topics including cars.