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First drive: Perodua Myvi SXi – on sale now

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Entering the super-mini segment is not an easy task, but Malaysian maker Perodua realizes the public’s perception and is keen to dispel it.

Indeed, when our Myvi arrived on test we were summoned to speak to the delivery driver.

“Most people wouldn’t check this on a Perodua, but the rear seats fold flat,” he said proudly. “And don’t leave your keys in the car, close the door and walk away because the car will lock itself and you’ll need to call us to get them back.”

Standard specification includes air-con, body-coloured bumpers, electrically-adjustable mirrors and electric front and rear windows.

The tilt-adjustable steering column makes it easy to get comfortable, too.

Safety equipment includes seatbelt pre-tensioners, driver and passenger airbags and side impact protection beams.

Some buyers may be put off by the lack of a Euro NCAP safety rating but, according to Parker’s, the Myvi is almost identical to the Daihatsu Sirion, which was awarded four stars.

Out on the road the car is capable, though the steering feels slightly woolly. Its fuel consumption makes it cheap to run, an important factor for the budget buyer.

Perodua has a 2007 target of 1,000 sales for the Myvi, with 326 achieved since its launch last September.

Price: £7,799
Engine: 1.3-litre DOHC DVVT
Performance: 0-62mph 11.3sec, top speed 106mph
Efficiency: 58.8mpg, 137g/km CO2
CAP RV 3yr/30k: £1,875 (28%)
Rivals: Daihatsu Sirion, Kia Picanto, Ford Ka, Citroën C1, Fiat Panda
Strength: Low price tag
Weakness: No Euro NCAP safety rating
Opportunity: Buyers looking for an alternative supermini
Threat: Better brand cars for the same price
USP: £1,000 cashback offer until the end of June

Driven: Perodua Kenari EZ – on sale now

Cheerful, but not particularly cheap

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