Perodua is a company that thrives on making the people’s car since they started the company. With the recent boom of SUV sales around the globe, Perodua definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on the boat, and this is the reason the Perodua Aruz is being created to fill the gap in the market. We take the new Perodua Aruz for a spin and find out how it feels on Malaysian roads.

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From the outside, the Perodua Aruz is a tall and narrow vehicle, but Perodua uses wide LED front and rear lights to give an illusion that the car is rather wide. The LED headlights and taillights brings a modern touch to the car. 215/60 R17 tyres and rims to further enhance the look of the Aruz, this is also the biggest rim size that Perodua ever fitted on any of their vehicles.

Practicality is the name of the game for the Perodua Aruz interior, so let’s start with the boot. The Perodua Aruz is a 7 seater vehicle, which means there is a fairly small of 213L of boot space for such a big vehicle. With the 3rd row seats folded, you do get up to 514L of boot space to ferry all your items around.

 The Aruz is a car design for the average sized Malaysians, and the size of the seats shows. The third row of the Aruz allows you to fit adults, but going over long journey with them can be a little squeeze. As a utilitarian vehicle, the second row can ferry people in comfort and it has the rear AC vent to keep the cabin cool, but the seat back is a little upright. The front seats of the Aruz is suited for smaller size people, for someone with a bigger size, I do feel that I’m seating a little too tall in driver seat. There is a USB charging port for rear passenger to charger their mobile devices, and the Perodua in house developed handbag hook to allow their customers to keep their handbags from prying eyes.

Getting behind the wheel, you are greeted with a fairly basic dashboard. Hard plastics is a common materials to be used in vehicles at these price point, design for durability and long term usage. Holding on to the steering wheel, it has fairly thin rim for the steering wheel. Looking past the steering wheel, there is the easy to read instrument cluster with an analogue tachometer and speedometer and a center information screen.

The 6 speakers around the Aruz is linked up to a multimedia system with navigation, ‘Smart Link’ (for Android), and HDMI headunit. The advantage in having simple system allow the owners to upgrade it when they wanted. The AC system in the Aruz is the same system as in the Myvi with memory function. The center console of the Aruz consist of a gated shifter, manual handbrake, and 3 cup holders to occupy most of the center console.

Perodua equipped the Aruz with a whole host of safety system. The safety system that are standard across the 2 different variant are 6 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), and 2 rear ISOFIX mounts. For the advance variant, you do get the Advance Safety Assist (A.S.A.) 2.0 that Perodua prides on.

Powering the Perodua Aruz is the shared power unit and drivetrain as the Toyota Rush. You get the same 1.5L inline 4 that produces 75kW of power from 6,000rpm and 133Nm of torque at 4,200rpm mated to a conventional 4 speed transmission. The engine have enough grunt to bring the car up to speed, but don’t expect intense acceleration, you need to be patient when driving the Aruz. The transmission on the Aruz may not be the fastest or smoothest transmission out there, but the transmission ratio is well spaced, good enough to carry out day to day task.

The suspension comes with the Aruz are front McPherson Strut and rear live rear axle. The suspension soaks up bump with ease, don’t try to push the car through corners as the body roll will start to show as the Aruz is a fairly tall vehicle. The electric power steering is sufficient to turn the car into corners, but we don’t recommend you to take the Aruz to do spirited driving, it’s not safe due to the height of the vehicle.

Perodua fitted the Aruz with the usual front disc rear drum setup. The brakes is sufficient to bring such a big vehicle to a stop. NVH level in the Aruz is in the acceptable level. Driving around town, you won’t have a problem talking to your passengers, as the speeds pick up, the wind noise will start sipping in after 120km/h and above. Under hard acceleration, the engine noise is quite prominent.

The Perodua Aruz is a vehicle design for the average Malaysians, and also design to bring Malaysians from point A to point B without any fuss or hassle. Bigger size Malaysians might need to look somewhere else to find a more comfortable car. Priced at RM 77,900, the Perodua Aruz is definitely a bargain 7 seater. With the price, you’ll get 5 years or 150,000km warranty whichever comes 1st. the available colour for the Perodua Aruz are Amazon Green, Granite Grey, Glittering Silver, Ivory White, and this outstanding Electric Blue.