ESC stands for Electronic Stability Control. It's computer-controlled feature that prevents the car from skidding.
ESC is proven to be the most successful active safety device since it’s introduction, with research data showing a 50 percent of road accidents on cars with ESC.
Initially only available in high-end cars, ESC is now available in even the cheapest Perodua, with the Bezza being the first.
But the Bezza is not the only affordable car in our market with ESC. Here are 5 of the most affordable cars you can get that comes complete with ESC.
RM 34,990 (Monthly repayment RM 362*)
For Perodua, ESC is known as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). Since the Axia’s latest update earlier in 2019, you can get VSC on all variants except the lowest G and E variants.
In fact, since the launch of the Bezza in 2016, all Perodua models that came after the sedan were equipped with VSC as standard.
RM 39,800 (Monthly repayment RM 412*)
The third generation Saga also saw the Premium variant getting fitted with ESC. The Saga is the last of Proton's models to get fitted with ESC, as the Iriz, Exora and X70 has ESC fitted as standard across the variants.
RM 49,888 (Montly repayment RM 517*)
Kia’s representative in the A-segment market has always been a sleeper hit. Since its introduction in 2016, the new Picanto also came with 6 airbags and ESC. The latest update put the Picanto higher up on the safety laddle and made it even more enticing then its closest A-segment competitors.
RM 62,000 (Monthly repayment RM 590*)
Yes, Haval’s H1 has always come complete with ESC, or Electric Stability Program (ESP) as the company knows it. When Haval launched the H1, it quickly became the mini SUV that everybody had missed when the Perodua Nautica ended production.
RM 70,888 (Monthly repayment RM 734*)
The Yaris 1.5J is the highest priced on this list and also the safest car here. Not only does the car come with Vehicle Stability Control (Toyota’s version of ESC), it also comes with Blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and 7-airbags.
So there you have it, five of the cheapest cars in Malaysia with ESC. However, remember ESC is not magic. There are limits to what it can do, and it's only as good as the tyres fitted on your car, and your own discipline in driving safely.
* Calculation is made based on 10 percent downpayment and 2.7 percent interest rate