A modest 58bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine powers the Kenari. That’s enough for it to feel nippy in town, and a precise five-speed manual gearbox helps it chase the smallest of gaps in traffic. However, try using it anywhere outside the city limits and it soon starts to feel way out of its depth.
Perodua KENARI MPV ride & handling
The Kenari has a poise that belies its small size and boxy looks. It tackles most surfaces competently, while the light steering and compact dimensions make it perfectly suited to town driving. However, crosswinds on the motorway can catch the slab sides and push the car off course.
Perodua KENARI MPV refinement
The high sides and large door mirrors kick up a lot of wind noise at higher speeds, and this is when the little engine pipes up, too. Road noise isn't a problem, though, and only larger potholes make the car shudder. Most of the controls are light and accurate, but the steering requires a lot of arm-twirling.