Ratings: 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - High score in practicality, 160.5 pts overall

Shaun · Nov 21, 2020 01:53 PM

In this week's Ratings test, we're analysing the 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV by evaluating all aspects from driving performance to purchase and cost.

Perodua Aruz

Driving Performance – 26/50 pts, overtaking can be a chore

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Facts and Figures
Engine 1.5L 4-cylinder NA
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Power 102 PS @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 133 Nm @ 4,200 rpm
Weight 1,310 kg
0-100 km/h 15.7 seconds
100-0 km/h 37.2 metres

With just 102 PS and 133 Nm on tap, the Perodua Aruz is not the byword for performance. Overtaking on highways will require a bit of planning as it takes a while to build speed.

0-100 km/h takes 15.7 seconds, which is the second slowest car we've tested after the Perodua Axia. In comparison, the Honda BR-V takes 11.6 seconds to get from 0-100 km/h.

2019 Perodua Aruz front

Braking distance however, was rather impressive. The Aruz takes just 37.2 metres to come to a standstill from 100 km/h.

The light steering also eases the maneuvering process in the Aruz, and couple that with the tight turning radius, makes parking much easier. 

A 4-speed automatic transmission is the sole option we get, and it does a decent job of shifting gears. Shifts are smooth, though kick-down could be more responsive.

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Driving Performance Breakdown
Engine Acceleration 2 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 2 / 5
Throttle Response 3 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3
             Smoothness 3 / 5
      Sport/Manual Mode 0 / 3
Steering   Accuracy 1.5 / 3
Response 1 / 3
 Weight & Feel 1.5 / 3
Braking Distance 2.5 / 3
 Feel 1.5 / 3
Handling  Chassis Balance 2 / 3
 Grip 2 / 3
 Load Reaction 2 / 3
Total   26 / 50 pts

Ride Comfort – 33/50 pts, noisy at highway speeds

The suspension is best described as ‘under damped’ and ride comfort is on the firmer side of things. However, it does ride better under heavier load as the Perodua Aruz's suspension is designed with a full load (7 passengers) in mind.

The front seats provide decent side support but the seat itself is on the smaller side, just like the Perodua Myvi. 

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Noise Level
60 km/h 60 dB
90 km/h 64 dB
110 km/h 70 dB

At city speeds, noise level in the Aruz is relatively low. At highway speeds, it does get rather noisy as the engine revs above 3,000 rpm.

2019 Perodua Aruz rear seats

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Ride Comfort Breakdown
Sound Proofing 7 / 10
Suspension 6 / 10
Passenger Comfort 7 / 10
Seat Support 3.5 / 5
Ergonomics 3.5 / 5
Engine Refinement 6 / 10
Total points 33 / 50 pts

Quality and Features – 26/50 pts, infotainment system needs to be updated

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Exterior Material Use
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thin
Struts Manual
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction One Piece
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual

Panel gaps were remarkably consistent throughout, except for the 1.0 mm deviation at the rear quarter panels. Paint thickness consistency averaged in the 110s of µm.

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Panel Gaps
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3.5 3.5 0
Front Fender 4.0 4.0 0
Front to Rear Door 5.0 5.0 0
Rear Door to Quarter Panel 3.5 4.5 1.0
Tailgate 5.0 5.0 0
2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Paint Thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 114
Front Fender 100 104
Front Door 117 119
Rear Door 119 120
Quarter Panel 106 106
Tailgate 108
Roof 114
Average paint thickness: 112

Like any other Perodua model, the interior is mostly hard plastics – from the dashboard to the door trim.

With that said, the Aruz does get some leather wrapping on the door trim, which helps to improve the cabin atmosphere.

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Cabin Material Use
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover N/A
Dashboard Upper Section Hard Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Hard Plastic
  Middle Section Leather
  Lower Section Hard Plastic

The infotainment system does not have the most pleasing user interface and isn't particularly responsive, plus the media infomation isn't displayed when connected to Bluetooth. What's more, there are no physical volume buttons or control knob.

The Perodua Aruz gets Advanced Safety Assist 2.0 (ASA 2.0), which includes AEB with pedestrian detection (adults only), Front Departure Alert, and Pedal Misoperation Control.

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Quality & Features Breakdown
Exterior Paint Finish 4 / 4
Panel Gaps 4 / 4
Assembly Quality 1 / 2
Interior Build Quality 4 / 5
Materials Used 3 / 5
Features Safety 6 / 10
ADAS 2 / 5
Luxury 2 / 5
Convenience 2 / 5
Infotainment 1 / 5
Total   29 / 50 pts

Space and Practicality – 35/50 pts, 3rd-row seat not for adults

Space in the second row is decent for a car of this segment. There's about 2 tennis balls of kneeroom and 1 tennis ball of headroom for a 175 cm adult.

The third row seats, however, is rather tight. There is virtually no additional kneeroom or headroom for adults.

There are 2 cupholders in the door bins, but neither is large enough to fit 1.5-litre bottles. No centre armrest storage space here. Instead, there are 3 cupholders. Boot space is rated at 213 litres with the 3rd-row seats up.

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Interior Space Breakdown
Front Row 7 / 10
Middle/Back Row 6 / 10
Third Row 3 / 5
Boot Space 3 / 5
Practicality 4 / 5
Storage Space 4 / 5
Visibility 4 / 5
Storage Flexibility 4 / 5
Total 35 / 50 pts

Fuel consumption – 14.5/20 pts, acceptable for a 7-seater

After completing a 103 km journey broken down to 60% highway and 40% city driving, the amount of fuel required to brim the tank is 7.73 litres.

Which gives a calculated figure of 7.9-litre/100 km, an acceptable figure considering the size and weight of the Aruz.

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
Fuel Consumption 11 / 15
Eco Mode 2 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 1.5 / 3
Total points 14.5 / 20 pts

Purchase and Cost – 23/30 pts, good value proposition

The Perodua Aruz is priced at RM 77,900 (with SST). Price without SST is RM 73,226, valid until 31 December 2020.

Considering its price point and features such as 6 airbags and AEB, the Perodua Aruz offer good value proposition to families looking for a compact 7-seater SUV.

2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV - Purchase & Cost
Purchase Car Price 12 / 15
Warranty 3 / 5
Cost Maintenance 4 / 5
Fuel Cost 4 / 5
Total   23 / 30 pts

Conclusion – 160.5/250 pts overall

The 2019 Perodua Aruz 1.5 AV is a well-rounded family SUV. It's practical, decently comfortable, relatively fuel-efficient, and it offers good value. Downside is the engine performance and infotainment system.

If you don't travel long distances frequently and you're looking for a compact 7-seater SUV for your family, then you should shortlist the Perodua Aruz.

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