Ver­dict

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Face-off -

All three mod­els pro­vide value for money propo­si­tions de­pend­ing on what you are look­ing for in a com­pact peo­ple car­rier.

The Pro­ton Er­tiga Ex­ec­u­tive Plus with a price tag of RM64,800, might not have the styling and fea­tures that are as “mouth-wa­ter­ing” as the Honda BR-V or the Toy­ota Sienta’s, buy­ers can save up to RM35,000 by opt­ing for the na­tional brand.

What the Er­tiga im­presses us are its brisk ac­cel­er­a­tion, driv­ing dy­nam­ics and han­dling even though its smaller 1.4-litre en­gine de­liv­ers 91hp (92PS), way be­low the BR-V’s 120PS and the Sienta’s 107PS.

It’s four-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion sur­prises by de­liv­er­ing punchy ac­cel­er­a­tion to en­able it to eas­ily keep up with the BR-V, the most pow­er­ful ve­hi­cle of the three.

We could only sus­pect that the con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion of the BR-V and Sienta was tuned for a more se­date and fuel sav­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

If you are not both­ered by the Er­tiga’s plain-in-com­par­i­son ap­pear­ance, which Pro­ton said it is work­ing on some facelifts, this ve­hi­cle should please the not-so-fussy buy­ers with a small bud­get.

Mind you that the Sienta and BR-V have seven seats while the Er­tiga has only six.

But if you have more cash to splurge like RM92,800 for the BR-V and RM99,900 for Sienta, you will get ve­hi­cles which have not only bolder looks but also a long list of com­fort and safety fea­tures.

Cur­rently one of the most sought af­ter cars in the Malaysian mar­ket, the BR-V has al­ready made a deep im­pres­sion as one of the cars to own.

The sports util­ity ve­hi­cle body style of the BR-V is cer­tainly the key to its pop­u­lar­ity while a mod­ern in­te­rior with plenty of stor­age ar­eas add to its over­all ap­peal.

Like the Sienta, the BR-V also gets ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol, large cen­tre touch­screen dis­play with re­verse cam­era, key­less en­try with push start/stop but­ton which are fea­tures that con­sumers want even in ve­hi­cles cost­ing just be­low RM100,000.

While the BR-V is the clear favourite in this shootout, the Sienta, for which costs RM7,000 more, is a wor­thy con­sid­er­a­tion as it in­cludes ex­tra fea­tures such LED head­lamps, driver knee airbag, all-round disc brakes, front dig­i­tal video recorder, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, two power rear slid­ing doors and se­cu­rity and so­lar film, among oth­ers.

Er­tig , Sienta and BR-V.

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