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.