The Perodua Myvi is attractive and affordable, has good space inside and comes with a decent level of equipment.
You can see where the pennies have been saved: the interior is drab, there's not much in the way of safety kit and refinement is poor.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Myvi comes with 86bhp 1.3-litre petrol engine. It’s zippy around town and can also keep up with faster traffic without any problems. However, you have to stir the five-speed gearbox to bring it up to cruising speed or to overtake. The EZi auto slows things down considerably.
Ride & Handling
The Myvi hasn’t got much grip, so sharp or high-speed corners need to be taken with care. The steering is also a bit too light, but the Perodua is responsive and predictable. It has a fairly comfortable ride, although the Myvi can pop up like a Jack-in-the-box over bumps at speed.
Considering you have to use the gearbox so much, it’s a shame that there’s so much vibration through the gearlever. While the car is refined around town, engine and wind noise – particularly around the large door mirrors – builds up at motorway speeds. As a result, the Perodua can be somewhat tedious in this environment, and it is a long way off the standards set by rivals.