Well, it’s about time!

> The Pero­dua Bezza is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the quiet bud­get sa­loon ‘seg­ment’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

and we are all well aware by now that Pero­dua cars are gen­er­ally con­sid­ered as re­li­able and well-made, with hardly any se­ri­ous com­plaint about its af­ter­sales ser­vice, parts avail­abil­ity and their prices.

There are five vari­ants to choose from, and out of those, there are 10 choices, when you sep­a­rate them into solid and metal­lic colours (prices are the same for solid and metal­lic, by the way). There are six colours. The five vari­ants are 1-litre “Stan­dard G” with man­ual and au­to­matic trans­mis­sion (see story be­low), 1.3-litre “Premium X” with man­ual, and au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, and 1.3-litre “Ad­vance” with only au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. (1.3 Ad­vance). It comes with a RM44,800 price tag (on-the-road, with GST, in­clu­sive of in­sur­ance).

Un­der the bon­net This Bezza is pow­ered by a four-cylin­der, 16-valve 1,329cc en­gine with Dual VVT-i (Vari­able Valve Tim­ing with in­tel­li­gence). In short, Dual VVT-i is a tech­nol­ogy that makes the en­gine more ef­fi­cient and more eco-friendly. Pero­dua claims the 1.3 (auto) can do 21km per litre. Quite a de­cent con­sump­tion, even if you take away a few kilo­me­tres off, due to real-world driv­ing and con­di­tions.

Safety, con­ve­nience, gad­gets The Bezza 1.3 Premium X has a 4-star safety rat­ing by Asean NCAP (1.3 Ad­vance is rated 5-star). It is equipped with anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem (ABS) and elec­tronic brake-force dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD), two airbags, smart en­try and push start/stop but­ton, cen­tral lock but­ton, re­verse sen­sor, ISOFIX with top teth­ers, head­lamp “On” re­minder/buzzer, so­lar and se­cu­rity win­dow film, two cup hold­ers in front, a bot­tle holder at all doors, eight lug­gage net hooks and un­der-lug­gage com­part­ment.

The au­dio sys­tem with multi-info dis­play and four speak­ers ac­com­mo­dates USB and Blue­tooth, the driver’s side power win­dow has jam pro­tec­tion and re­quires just one touch for open­ing and clos­ing, the driver’s side seat is height-ad­justable, and there is a mo­bile phone slot at the rear con­sole (with USB port), among oth­ers.

Which one? As men­tioned ear­lier, there are two au­to­matic 1.3 Bez­zas. If you are se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing this one (1.3 Premium X), try your best to find about RM6,000 more for the 1.3 Ad­vance. The lat­ter has many bet­ter things other vari­ants don’t, and a huge chunk of them are very use­ful, safety-re­lated fea­tures. It is the only vari­ant with 5-star Asean NCAP rat­ing, the only vari­ant with Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (VSC), Trac­tion Con­trol, Hill Start As­sist and Brake As­sist, on top of the stan­dard ABS and EBD. Also, there are many other ex­tra good­ies in it.

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