2022 Perodua Alza: Best bang for your buck – Test Drive

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WITHOUT any doubt, the new Perodua Alza was the most talked-about car for the year 2022. This was evident from the discussions among netizens on social media and the significant traffic and engagement generated whenever we post anything about this model.

This phenomenon was not a surprising one, considering that the first-generation Alza has been on the market since November 2009, so it’s only natural that many were eagerly anticipating the arrival of its successor.

In July 2022, the second-generation Alza was finally launched, featuring comprehensive updates covering not only the exterior and interior design but also the platform, engine, and technology.

The majority of the motoring media were actually invited to take a closer look at the model several weeks before its launch date. However, this writer only had the opportunity to familiarise himself with it during a recent media test drive trip to Kota Bharu, Kelantan.

It was a trip to look forward to, not only because of the somewhat ‘unusual’ destination but also to personally check out the seven-seater MPV people have been raving about since it was first teased in June 2022.

In terms of design, the new Alza is clearly more stylish and fresh compared to its predecessor. Some might say it looks a bit cluttered, but this writer feels the aggressive lines give the Alza a rather modern look capable of enticing a younger group of buyers.

The journey started from the Perodua headquarters in Rawang, passing through Batang Kali to reach the Karak Highway. From there, the convoy followed the East Coast Expressway 1 and 2 before exiting via the Kuala Terengganu exit. The total journey distance was about 650 km.

Three drivers were assigned to each car, meaning this writer only had the chance to take over the steering wheel after a lunch break in Kuantan.

The 200-km drive was done entirely on the straight stretches of the LPT, which felt a little dull after a while. But the highway’s bumpy and uneven surfaces turned out to be a proving ground for the Alza’s Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform, which performed superbly throughout the journey.

It is fair to say that the performance shown by the 2NR-VE 1.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine was quite commandable despite the lack of a turbocharger. More importantly, the combination of the engine with the D-CVT transmission felt seamless as the RPM was maintained at around 2,000 to 2,100 at speeds of 110 km/h and above.

In short, for highway driving situations, the RPM remained below the 2,500 mark even when the vehicle exceeded the national speed limit. This shows that the Alza is the perfect car for those who want a comfortable and fuel-efficient people carrier.

Speaking of fuel efficiency, the fuel consumption level shown on the display dropped sharply due to aggressive driving by our fellow media friends, but with light-footed driving (and some patience), this writer managed to achieve a reading of 19 km/l before reaching the Kuala Terengganu exit. This is not far from the figure claimed by Perodua, which is 22 km/l.

When it comes to ride and handling, the DNGA platform felt comfortable despite facing the bumpy and uneven conditions of LPT2. Some degree of vibration managed to seep into the cabin, but it wasn’t to the extent of causing discomfort.

The use of the new platform also resulted in a larger rear space, which is exactly what most Alza buyers look for. For this writer, who stands at 167 cm tall, there was still ample legroom even when the driver’s seat was pushed back. The backrest angle was also not too upright.

The third-row seats, as expected, are more suitable for children due to their relatively small size. However, when not in use, they can be folded flat to achieve maximum cargo space of nearly 500 liters.

If that’s not enough, the new Alza also comes with a host of creature comforts including rear air conditioning vents located on the ceiling, complete with a control panel, two USB charging ports and cup holders in the second and third-row seats.

In conclusion, this writer thinks that the Alza is the best bang for your buck if you are looking to buy an affordable, fuss-free family car. But what it lacks in performance it more than makes up for in practicality, comfort, and features.

Perodua Alza Specifications

Price: From RM62,500 to RM75,500
Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder Dual-VVTi
Gearbox: D-CVT
Power: 105 hp
Torque: 138 Nm

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