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Perodua Bezza 1.0L GXtra Is Lighter Than A Lotus Elise

Adrian Chia · Aug 20, 2019 03:00 PM

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  • The Bezza 1.0 GXtra (AT) has a kerb weight of 880 kg
  • A Lotus Elise Sport 220 weights 924 kg
  • Most fuel-efficient compact sedan in Malaysia

The Perodua Bezza 1.0L is well known for its fuel-efficient characteristics with a manufacturer claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.38L/100km (automatic variant). Let us break it down to you how they’ve achieved it without even equipping the Bezza auto start/stop feature.

Firstly, the Bezza 1.0L is an ultra-lightweight machine. Tipping the scale at 880 kg for the automatic variant, it’s even lighter than a Lotus Elise Sport 220 which weighs in at 924 kgs. Even the range-topping Bezza 1.3L Advance is only 930 kgs.

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By keeping the weight down low, the Bezza is able to get up to speed much more efficiently, conserving precious fuel in the process. The low kerb weight is complemented by the tiny 14-inch alloys (wrapped in 175/65 profile tyres) which help keep rolling resistance low.

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Finally, under the hood of the Bezza GXtra is a 1KR-VE 1.0-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder VVT-i petrol engine that was engineered for returning stellar fuel economy. The all-aluminium block comes with VVT-i technology that varies the intake valves timing depending on the engine load for increased performance or maximum fuel economy.

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Although only 1.0-litre in engine capacity, the mill churns out a respectable 68 hp and 91 Nm paired to either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual option. Remember, the Bezza’s positioning is a compact family sedan that’s easy on fuel and affordable to maintain, so outputs don’t really matter here.

If you need a spacious, practical and fuel-efficient ultra-lightweight sedan, go for the Bezza. But if you’re looking for a tiny, impractical but incredibly engaging lightweight sports car, the Lotus Elise is what you want.

Adrian Chia

Editor

Psychology graduate with over 4 years in the automotive industry, 3 in front of the camera. Occasionally seen at his family owned tyre shop. Will only buy cars that passes the big bottle test.

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