Cars Perodua Myvi vs Perodua Ativa

Published on March 30th, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Perodua Ativa Or Perodua Myvi. Which To Buy This Morning

Perodua Myvi buyers might pay a little more cash for the Ativa……..

There is an all new Perodua compact vehicle in their showroom right now and it is called Ativa. This is perhaps the hottest Malaysian car to launch for 2021 and will be a serious threat towards the sales of the lower variant Proton X50, Honda City, Nissan Almera, Toyota Yaris and others in this price range. 

Saying that though, there is perhaps also not an insignificant possibility that this new compact crossover might just persuade some prospective Perodua Myvi buyers to move over towards this larger, taller compact crossover from Toyota Japan. The Ativa shares its engineering with the hugely popular Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky in Japan.  

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Granted, price-wise at least, it is possibly more logical to compare the new Ativa with the Aruz within Perodua’s lineup. Seeing that both cars are high-riding SUV-type vehicles that are within that RM65k to RM75k price range.

Nevertheless, there will undoubtedly also be a number of buyers who would have originally made a bee-line for the Perodua Myvi as a second car/kid’s car/market runabout now considering cross shopping between the two.  

While the Ativa may be a pricier proposition over the Myvi, all this new tech and extra kit might just tempt some over to this upcoming compact crossover. Moreover, with the crossover craze in full swing these days, there are naturally those who desire that added ride height of the Ativa over the Myvi, and are willing to pay the additional little monthly instalment for it. 

So is the Ativa worth that hike in price over the Myvi for a slightly bigger, techier Perodua? That is the question to be answered here below.

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Exterior Specs

Starting first with the obvious, the Ativa is dimensionally a larger car than the Myvi. The Ativa crossover is a healthy 10 cm longer (3,995 mm vs 3,895 mm) and 10.5 cm taller (1,620 mm vs 1,515 mm) over the Myvi. 

However, the Ativa is 4 cm narrower (1,695 mm vs 1,735 mm) than the Myvi. To add to that, this crossover is strangely (marginally) lighter than its hatchback counterpart. Weighing in at just 980 kg only as compared to the 1,015 kg for the Myvi. 

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Performance Specs

Speaking of firsts, the Ativa will be the first Perodua to feature a turbocharger, as under the hood of this compact crossover lies a Toyota-derived 1.0 litre turbo three pot that outputs 98 PS and 140 Nm of torque. Sending this reasonable amount of power to the front wheels meanwhile will be the responsibility of a 7-speed DirectShift CVT with manual mode, incidentally yet another first for the Malaysian automaker. 

Nevertheless, while all this new tech certainly looks nice on the front of a brochure, the Myvi’s 1.5 litre power plant shows that it may not actually be all that big a deal. That is because the well-proven naturally-aspirated four-cylinder that is mated to an equally well proven 4-speed automatic transmission under the hood of this hatchback actually makes slightly more power than the Ativa, at 104 PS and 136 Nm of torque. 

Despite its extra cylinder too, the Myvi incredulously drinks less fuel than that of the Ativa (20.1 km/l vs 17.8 km/l). Though this could possibly be attributed to the standard Eco-idle stop start system fitted to the Perodua hatchback which is missing from the Ativa.

Just for the kicker, it is expected that the servicing costs for the Myvi cheaper simply thanks to its simpler powertrain. Thereby roundly proving that (on paper at least) simple may be sometimes the best way to go. 

Interior Specs

Seeing as the Ativa isn’t actually that much bigger dimensionally as compared to the Myvi, there doesn’t look to be that much difference space-wise between these two compact cars within the cabin. The only major trump card for the Ativa here is perhaps its larger boot at 369 litres compared to the Myvi’s 277 litres. 

On the subject of the boot, judging by the Japanese versions of this compact crossover at least, there also appears to be some nifty practicality features out the back which includes a 60:40 split folding rear seat arrangement, as well as a cavernous underfloor storage compartment that enables the Ativa to carry tall items in the boot. 

Now moving onto interior tech, it is fair to say that the Myvi ain’t exactly lacking in this particular department. The top spec variant especially is loaded with features that are not even standard on more expensive cars like automatic climate control and keyless go. 

Then again, the newer (and more expensive) Ativa is perhaps more does feature more gadgets and gizmos within the cabin than the now 3-year old Myvi, with the higher two variants coming as standard with a 7-inch TFT multi-info display and a 9-inch floating central infotainment touchscreen with voice recognition capabilities. Interestingly however, it remains to be seen whether this rebadged Daihatsu will feature the Myvi’s Malaysian-ised interior features like the integrated toll-card reader and handbag hook. 

Safety Specs

Continuing on the tech specs Ativa, this crossover brings with it yet more active safety tech. Most impressively of which is the adaptive cruise control that is featured on the top spec AV variant, along with Lane Keep Control (LKC), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) that comes as part of its Advanced Safety Assist (A.S.A) safety suite. 

Do note that for the lower two X and H variants on the other hand, active driver assist features are only limited to Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP). The lowest X spec Ativas do without front corner sensors and a reverse camera too. 

The higher trim Myvi features sufficient active safety assist functions too as part of its A.S.A 2.0 safety suite. Bringing with it Pre-Collision Warning (PCW) and Pre-Collision Braking (PCB), as well as Front Departure Alert (FDA) and Pedal Misoperation Control. 

Price Specs

Costing from RM 41,292 for the stripper-spec Myvi to RM 52,697 for the top-spec car with all the aforementioned bells and whistles, there is undoubtedly a big price difference between it and the Ativa which starts from RM 61,500 and goes to the heady-heights of RM 72,000. Saying that, there will still be some who will walk into the Perodua dealership wanting the Myvi and drive out with an Ativa.

Final Thoughts

So going back to the question as to whether or not the Ativa worth that hike in price over the Myvi? The answer is a resounding: perhaps…?

A RM 15k to RM 20k price difference between the Myvi and the Ativa is still massive any way you cut it, even when spread out over a 9-year loan for instance. However, going by the specs at least, the Ativa does offer quite a lot of goodies for that increased outlay over the Myvi. 

At the end of the day therefore, it all depends on the buyer’s preference and financial position when walking into the Perodua showroom. If you have the money to stretch for the Ativa, go ahead as all the extra features offered with the higher price are indeed a nice to haves. 

That is not to say that the Myvi is its poorer sibling though, as for the money at least, the Perodua hatchback is perhaps a marginally better value proposition in my book. It may be more technologically primitive when compared to the Ativa, but it does about 95 percent of what the more expensive compact crossover for 60 percent of the price. 

Research and Text by Joshua Chin

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