Well, it’s about time!
> The Perodua Bezza is a welcome addition to the quiet budget saloon ‘segment’
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.