Perodua goes upmarket
21 September 2006

Remember Perodua? The Malaysian car company doesn't make the headlines very often, and when it does it's invariably as the maker of the cheapest new car on sale in the UK – the £5592 Kelisa 1.0.

Well now it's gone upmarket, with the new Myvi, which starts at a whopping £7799. Essentially a rebadged version of the Daihatsu Sirion, the Myvi is a Fiesta-sized five-door hatchback that looks like pretty decent value. That's especially true for the car's launch period, during which Perodua is offering £1000 cashback, making the Myvi a bargain £6799.

For your money, you get a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder DOHV VVT engine producing 86bhp, front airbags, electronic brakeforce distribution, power steering, remote central locking, a CD player and air conditioning. That's pretty good value considering a Sirion with the same engine starts at £8090. There's also an automatic version of the Myvi available for £8499 (or £7499 to start with).

With a 0-60mph time of 11.3 seconds for the manual car, the Myvi SXi isn't likely to set your pulse racing, but with fuel economy of 58.8mpg it could be one of the cheapest-to-run cars on the market.

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