Video: Has the Perodua Ativa dethroned the Myvi? – Long term review #12

Arif · May 23, 2021 10:54 AM

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Back when the Perodua Ativa was still referred to as the D55L, some of us were already contemplating whether to wait for it or to just buy the good old Perodua Myvi.

Even now, some of us are still deciding between the two cars since both are attractively priced compact cars for the family.

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Both cars are similarly sized with the Ativa having a taller ride height and bigger wheels. 

Learning that my brother-in-law just purchased a brand-new Perodua Myvi, we decided to put both cars next to each other for a quick comparison. 

Price - Myvi remains the budget choice

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Variant price comparison
  Perodua Ativa Perodua Myvi
G (Auto) - RM 43,029
X RM 61,500 RM 46,959*
H RM 66,600 RM 50,530
AV RM 72,000* RM 52,697

*Ativa AV with two-tone paint, Myvi X with ASA 2.0

Even the cheapest Ativa is more expensive than the range-topping Perodua Myvi by about RM 9,000. Albeit still being a Perodua, the Ativa is a more premium compact car.

Here’s what things looks like with a 10% down payment and a 2.7% interest rate per annum over a 9-year loan period:

Monthly payment comparison
  Perodua Ativa Perodua Myvi
G (Auto) - RM 446
X RM 637 RM 486*
H RM 755 RM 523
AV RM 816 RM 546

*with ASA 2.0

The base spec Ativa will cost you about RM 90 more in monthly payments compared to the Perodua Myvi AV. In the case of the range-topping variants, the Ativa AV will cost RM270 more than the Myvi AV in monthly payments.

Can the Ativa justify its higher price? Here’s Adrian to tell you how we feel about it:

Performance - Myvi for power, Ativa for torque

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – the Ativa’s CVT is smooth.

However, is the 1.0-litre engine more powerful than the good old naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre engine in the Myvi?

Performance Overview
  Perodua Ativa 1.0 T AV Perodua Myvi 1.5L AV
Engine 1.0-L Turbo 3-cylinder 1.5-L 4-cylinder NA
Transmission CVT Automatic 4-speed Automatic
Max. Power 98 PS @ 6,000 rpm 103 PS @ 6,000 rpm
Max. Torque 140 Nm @ 2,100-4,000 rpm 137 PS @ 4,200 rpm
Kerb Weight 1,035 kg 1,015 kg
0-100 km/h 13.2 seconds (tested) 11.5 seconds (claimed)

Looks like the answer is no. The Ativa’s peak power is only 98 PS which is less powerful than the Perodua Myvi's 103 PS.

Where the Ativa wins is in the maximum torque figure which is 3 Nm more than the Myvi’s.

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The manufacturer figures suggest that the Myvi will wipe the floor with the Ativa in a century sprint.

However, out of respect for my brother-in-law and his brand-new Perodua Myvi, we didn’t floor the car in a drag race. We'll get a press car arranged for this purpose.

Fuel consumption - To be confirmed

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We have not conducted a standard WapCar fuel consumption test on the Perodua Myvi.

However, what we can say is that this particular Myvi has been driven for 4,725 km and the onboard fuel consumption meter (which has never been reset) reports an 8.3-litre/100km reading.

It's not an accurate figure by our standards, but a ballpark figure at least.

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This particular Myvi's FC meter has never been reset since the day it was delivered.

Our Ativa's onboard fuel consumption meter records an averager reading of 7.5 litre/100km.

It seems like the Myvi guzzles more fuel, but we'll conduct our standard WapCar test soon to confirm this. 

Driving Experience - Ativa is more refined

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Perodua Myvi Interior

The Myvi feels outdated with the 4-speed automatic transmission. It also feels less refined compared to the Ativa.

It seems that with the Ativa, Perodua has come up with a smooth-riding car with a more premium feel car for the masses.

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Perodua Ativa interior

Our only gripe with the Ativa is its floaty suspension. Over wavy road surfaces, one would almost feel as if the Ativa wants to launch you into the air.

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So, how do they drive as city cars?

As city cars, both cars are easy to drive with the Ativa having offering a better field of vision thanks to its taller ride height. The Ativa is larger, but ever so slightly.

Exterior Dimensions comparison
  Perodua Ativa AV Perodua Myvi AV
Length 4,065 mm 3,895 mm
Width 1,710 mm 1,735 mm
Height 1,635 mm 1,515 mm
Wheelbase 2,525 mm 2,500 mm
Ground Clearance 200 mm not specified
Minimum turning radius 5.1 m 5.1 m

Surprisingly, both cars share the same minimum turning radius of 5.1 metres, with the Ativa running 17-inch wheels and the Myvi running 15-inch wheels.

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Both the Ativa and Myvi are narrow B-segment vehicles that are very easy to park.

Cabin & Practicality - Myvi offers more space where the Ativa doesn't

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Seats could use better support in the Myvi

Let's start with the seats. Here, the Perodua Myvi could use some improvements. There’s a lack of side support and thigh support in the front seats.

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Ergonomics can still be improved with telescopic steering adjustment, but the Ativa's seats are already an improvement.

The Ativa wins here, despite the tacky red accents on the seats. An improvement we would suggest for the Ativa's ergonomics is the addition of telescopic steering adjustment.

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Armrest with storage and cupholders near the AC vent in the Perodua Ativa.

Next is cabin practicality. We'd like to see one definite winner, but both cars are quite plausible with each car providing features the other doesn’t.

The Ativa offers an armrest (with storage) and cupholders near the AC vents, but lacks the “Teh Tarik” hooks that the Myvi does. 

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Anti-snatch hook and teh tarik hook in the Perodua Myvi

In terms of cabin space, the Myvi surprisingly offers a bit more legroom in the second row.

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Myvi second-row seats

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Ativa second-row seats

Although larger on the outside, the Ativa doesn't offer much more room for passengers. There's a bit more head room, but that's it.

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The Myvi actually offers more leg room.

The Ativa easily beats the Myvi when it comes to luggage space as it offers a 369-litre boot capacity over the Myvi's 277-litre boot capacity.

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Both cars have a 60:40 folding rear-seat configuration and offer full-sized spares with alloy wheels.

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Come to think of it, the Myvi's 60:40 configuration is better since you can have 2 rear passengers with the "long" loading mode

Oh, and before we forget, the Ativa isn’t equipped with the built-in smart tag reader, which is a bit of a disappointment considering the other fancy features that it has.

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Built-in Smart Tag reader in the Myvi. It's such a shame that the Ativa doesn't have this.

Safety - Ativa wins

Here's a brief look at what both range-topping variants of the Ativa and Myvi offer when it comes to safety. ASA 3.0 in the Ativa, ASA 2.0 in the Myvi.

Safety Features
  Perodua Ativa AV Perodua Myvi AV
ABS
HSA
VSC
Airbags 6 6
ASA ASA 3.0 ASA 2.0
ACC
LKC
BSM
RCTA
Adaptive Driving Beam

5. Maintenance Cost - Quite similar

Over a 100,000 km mileage, the Ativa's maintenance costs more than the Myvi's if you don't factor in ProCare.

Maintenance cost
  Perodua Ativa 1.0T AV Perodua Myvi 1.5 AV
10,000 km RM 160.50 RM 177.70
20,000 km RM 259.30 RM 213.32
30,000 km RM 202.79 RM 268.77
40,000 km RM 423.12 RM 539.46
50,000 km RM 202.79 RM 213.32
60,000 km RM 259.30 RM 268.77
70,000 km RM 202.79 RM 213.32
80,000 km RM 423.12 RM 539.46
90,000 km RM 202.79 RM 268.77
100,000 km RM 841.40 RM 460.43
TOTAL RM 3,177.90 RM 3,163.32*

*Myvi maintenance cost listed without ProCare. Total maintenance cost for Myvi with ProCare amounts to RM 4,045.42.

**Price listed as of May 2021

We are yet to know the Ativa's maintenance cost with ProCare as it hasn't been listed on Perodua's website.

ProCare items comprise of things like spark plugs, alignment & balancing, AC service, and brake fluids.

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These items are listed as "optional" service items in the Perodua website. All Perodua models (except the Ativa) have optional ProCare items listed on Perodua's official website.

Conclusion

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So, that's the Ativa and Myvi compare against each other. Both are great city cars that are very easy to drive.

Price itself is a big advantage for the Myvi. It's much cheaper and would be the first choice of many for a no-frills runabout.

Admittingly, the Myvi does feel outdated, but it has its own strengths to attract you too. Personally, I'd go for the Ativa just because of its more recent technology.

Which one of the two cars is your choice? Let us know in the comments section below.

Our average fuel consumption so far:

Perodua Ativa FC meter reading
Odometer reading at refuel Onboard FC Reading
20 km - -
421 km 13 km/l 7.69 l/100 km
740 km 12 km/l 8.33 l/100 km
1,032 km 14.8 km/l 6.76 l/100 km
1,453 km 13.2 km/l 7.57 l/100 km
1,750 km 11.9 km/l 8.40 l/100 km
1,976 km 12.5 km/l 8.00 l/100 km
2,200 km 12.6 km/l 7.94 l/100 km
2,577 km 12.8 km/l 7.81 l/100 km
2,826 km 9.6 km/l 10.41 l/100 km
3,217 km 14.1 km/l 7.09 l/100 km
3,490 km 13.1 km/l 7.63 l/100 km
3,873 km 13.4 km/l 7.46 l/100km
4,191 km 12.2 km/l 8.19 l/100 km
4,592 km 12.7 km/l 7.87 l/100 km
4,956 km 12.3 km/l 8.13 l/100 km
5,403 km 14.7 km/l 6.80 l/100km

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