2021 Perodua Ativa vs Nissan Almera – which 1.0L turbo is better?
Arif · Mar 3, 2021 08:15 PM
Long awaited since last year, the Perodua Ativa is finally launched in Malaysia. This is the most exciting car in 2021 for Malaysia, and the biggest leap forward for Perodua. Powered by a 1.0-litre turbo engine, the Ativa reminds us very much of the Nissan Almera.
One an SUV and the other a sedan, both the Perodua Ativa and Nissan Almera are two very different cars. Body type aside, the powertrain for both cars sound exactly the same on paper – 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo engine paired to a CVT.
With the powertrain being somewhat similar, let's see how these two cars compare against each other.
Firstly, price. Both cars differ significantly with the range topping Nissan Almera VLT’s price starting at RM 91,310 and the range topping Perodua Ativa 1.0 AV starts at RM 72,000. Here, the obvious winner is the Perodua Ativa.
Secondly, powertrain. The Nissan Almera offers just a tad more power than the Perodua Ativa. The Almera produces a maximum power output of 100 PS while the Perodua Ativa only manages 98 PS, 2 PS shy of a three-digit figure.
The Almera is also torquier with a maximum torque of 152 Nm @4,000 rpm while the Ativa maxes out at 140 Nm. By the figures, the Almera’s HR10DET 3-cylinder turbo outperforms the Perodua Ativa’s 1KR-VET engine.
Transmission wise, both cars utilise CVT, although the Perodua Ativa’s D-CVT (Dual-mode CVT) has some tricks up its sleeve.
The Perodua Ativa's D-CVT has a set of planetary gears that engage during medium to high-speed driving to provide a more direct connection, hence improving efficiency.
The Nissan Almera’s CVT is more conventional without any fancy tricks up its sleeve.
We’ve tested the 0-100 km/h time of the Nissan Almera previously and clocked 11.7 seconds. The 1.0-litre turbo Almera is actually faster than the naturally aspirated 1.5-litre Toyota Vios.
Although slightly less powerful, the Ativa AV weighs 1,035 kg, which is lighter than the Nissan Almera at 1,114 kg. We have yet to test the Ativa’s 0-100 km/h time, and we’ll do that as soon as we receive our order.
The Nissan Almera is currently at the top of our list of tested fuel consumption with a recorded 5.8 l/100km. The claimed figure for the Ativa’s fuel consumption is 5.29 l/100km. If the claimed figures prove to be true in our tests, we might just have a new “most fuel-efficient car” in our list.
In terms of driver assistance, the Perodua Ativa does have some attractive offerings compared to the Nissan Almera. The range topping Almera is equipped with cruise control, but the Ativa steps up the game by offering Active Cruise Control (ACC).
Perodua Ativa 1.0 AV
Nissan Almera 1.0 VLT
The Perodua Ativa also offers adaptive LED headlights, which is something not usually offered for cars of its price.
In terms of practicality, the Nissan Almera offers 482 litres of boot space. With all 5 seats occupied, the Ativa only offers 369 litres of boot space.
You can get more space with the rear seats folded down, but the same can be said for most cars. The Almera wins here, although its boot space is basically the smallest among B-segment saloons.
Choosing between the Nissan Almera and the Perodua Ativa is probably not a decision most of us would have to do. The price itself is strong determining factor. It is just interesting to put two 1.0-litre 3-cyclinder turbo cars side by side to see how they match up against each other.
Whatever segment the Perodua Ativa may belong to, it is bound to take some market share away from the regular B-segment saloons, hatchbacks and SUVs. You might want to give the Perodua Ativa a try yourself to see how good it really is.
Previously an engineer in an automotive manufacturing company and a highway concessionaire. A part-time research student on biofuels and diesel engines. Obsessed with vehicle electrification and the future of transportation.