Perodua on Saturday has officially opened bookings for the upcoming Bezza with a booking fee of only RM300, at all 181 of its sales showrooms nationwide.
It comes in five variants – Standard G with manual and automatic transmissions, Premium X with manual and automatic transmissions, and Advance with automatic transmission – priced at RM37,300, RM39,300, RM42,800, RM44,800 and RM50,800 respectively.
Even with the optional Gear Up package, priced between RM900 and RM2,600, we believe Perodua’s first sedan is value for money with its plethora of features, including smart entry, push to start, brake assist, traction control, speed sensing wipers, hill start assist, ABS, EBD and many more.
Perodua president and CEO Datuk Dr Aminar Rashid Salleh expects the Bezza to be one of the company’s best volume sellers with a sales target of 7,600 units per month this year, although he said he expects 10,000 units to be registered in the first three months of sales, and 15,000 units to be booked in the same period.
“Based on the feedback from our customers, we learned that after reaching a certain stage in life, they needed a vehicle that could accommodate their traveling needs, and we believe the Perodua Bezza would meet those needs,” he said.
The A segment compact sedan is the first Perodua vehicle with an upper body fully designed by Malaysians, with 95% local content and RM300 million development cost.
Besides that, Perodua will also be selling OEM child seats at an affordable price starting with the Bezza.
We had the opportunity to try it out at an exclusive media preview on Saturday, and we can tell you we like what we saw.
Unfortunately, we’re unable to share full pictures of the car before the launch, so you’re going to have to take our word on this – it’s a really good looking car.
With the optional Gear Up kit, it has an aggressive look about it, we dare say almost like a Honda City with the full Modulo kit.
The 508-litre boot is one of the biggest in its class, and looking at it we estimate two people could probably fit in there, no problem.
The energy efficient sedan is Perodua’s first, powered by either a 1.0-litre 1KR-VE engine with VVT-i or a 1.3-litre 1NR-VE engine with Dual VVT-i, matched with either a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed electronic automatic transmission (E-AT).
We won’t elaborate too much on the specs, since we’ve highlighted them before, so read on for a short first impression of the Bezza.
We managed to try the 1.0-litre manual and 1.3-litre manual, and we were truly impressed; although we were slightly disappointed we didn’t have the time to try out the 1.3-litre automatic transmission.
For a seemingly small car, the inside was spacious, with plenty of legroom in the front and back, as well as generous headroom and shoulder space.
Four average-sized adults can fit comfortably in the car, and possibly up to five can squeeze in without too much discomfort although it could get cramped on long distance drives.
Performance-wise, we thought it was satisfying, and we wished we had more time behind the wheel.
Even the 1.0-litre variant gave a good driving experience and didn’t feel like a 1.0-litre at all; we expected it to be underpowered, but it wasn’t much different from the 1.3-litre.
The engine sounded a little rough, but it wasn’t bad to the point of annoying, and it wouldn’t drown out conversations or the radio in the car.
At 100km/h, we felt like it could go faster and further, and shifting of gears was smooth, making us want to push it to the limit which we couldn’t do due to rules set by Perodua on its test track.
The turning radius was also impressive, as we were capable of easily making a tight U-turn without having to adjust the steering too much or worry about oversteer or understeer.
On rough roads, the suspension was good and the occupants of the car didn’t get bumped around like one would expect to.
One particular feature in the car that we like is that you can connect your phone to the multimedia unit on the Advance variant, and your screen will be duplicated, so you will be able to use Waze through the car’s in-built screen.
If you’re looking for a second car, or you’re a first time car buyer, we’re confident the Bezza would be able to suit your needs.
We went in not expecting to be too impressed, but we were.