Perodua Ativa Hybrid vs Turbo – full comparability of subscription-only CBU Rocky vs common 1.0T mannequin
Right here’s our first full gallery of the Perodua Ativa Hybrid within the typical complete fashion that and love, with each exterior angle and each inside nook/cranny lined. As a bonus, now we have the subscription-only Ativa Hybrid side-by-side with the regular Ativa Turbo you could purchase in showrooms.
Should you don’t already know, the Ativa Hybrid is the topic of an ‘electric vehicle study’ in addition to a ‘long-term mobility as a service market examine’. The primary examine is to grasp driving behaviour of a hybrid automobile in cities (Klang Valley, Penang and JB account for 60% of Perodua gross sales, with KV alone contributing 40%) and the opposite is to grasp client acceptance of a five-year subscription service, versus the standard automobile buy and possession.
Programme individuals have to pay an upfront cost of RM2,150 (contains refundable three months security deposit, the primary month payment and stamp obligation) adopted by a month-to-month subscription payment of RM500 for the following 5 years. Upkeep (together with put on and tear objects), insurance coverage and highway tax can be lined by Perodua, because the Ativa Hybrids are registered below the corporate, not within the identify of the shoppers.
It’s a five-year dedication and the mileage cap over the interval is 100,000 km, which averages to twenty,000 km a yr or 1,666 km monthly. On the finish of the tenure, the whole quantity paid to Perodua can be RM30,150 and the hybrid will return to the corporate. By the way in which, all 300 models are in the identical specs and color – Pearl White with out the non-obligatory black roof.
As talked about, this can be a examine and never a commercial subscription programme, so individuals should consent to having a GPS telematics system fitted within the automobile. That is in order that P2 can examine driving and utilization patterns. The subscriber will even have to submit common reviews to Perodua, at the moment scheduled without delay each quarter.
Transferring on to the automobile, the Ativa Hybrid is actually a CBU Japan Daihatsu Rocky e-Smart Hybrid rebadged to be a Perodua. The P emblems (entrance, rear, steering wheel) and Ativa wordmark had been fitted on Malaysia-bound vehicles by DMC in Japan, and there’s no ‘T’ (for turbo) badge on the tailgate, which is plastic. Be aware that the rear quantity plate cutout is a small JDM sq.. From this level, I’ll be calling the Ativa Hybrid the Daihatsu Rocky to make it much less complicated, as we’ll be evaluating it with the Ativa Turbo.
The white paint accentuates the Daihatsu Rocky’s entrance finish, which as you’ll be able to see, could be very completely different from the face that P2 designed. The Ativa grille is wider and is joined to the headlamps, with chrome strips emphasising this. It provides an impression of width to what’s a somewhat slim automobile, which I like. The Rocky’s narrower grille has a cascading scaled insert, which units it aside from the Ativa’s horizontal strains.
Daihatsu makes use of triangular cutouts for the fog lamps whereas Perodua employs inverted ‘L’ shapes – the identical motif is repeated on the rear bumper. Talking of bumpers and grilles, the Rocky’s is minimize very abrupt at each ends – you’ll be able to see the sharp, vertical look clearly in profile. In distinction, the Ativa’s entrance grille is extra protruding and the bumper’s edges sit barely additional out. This offers the Perodua marginally longer dimensions and a extra ‘pure’ look, for the shortage of a greater descriptor.
Different ‘spot the distinction’ factors embrace the trim bridging the headlamps (full black for Rocky, half chrome for Ativa), the shortage of skid plate-style silver trim at each ends on the Rocky and the JDM automobile’s smaller and rounder wing mirrors. The Rocky’s passenger-side mirror provides on two small mirrors exhibiting the kerb. Additionally, the Rocky’s mirror caps are body-coloured; they’re black on the Ativa, irrespective of which color you select.
As a result of the Ativa is such a well-recognized sight now, the Rocky stands out with its distinctive face. And people cool wheels. The 17-inch two-tone rims are in a way more dynamic blade-style design, however the tyres are much less dynamic – it’s a hybrid, so effectivity is paramount with the Dunlop Enasave eco tyres, versus the Ativa’s all-rounder Bridgestone Turanza T005A 205/60 touring tyres. The Hybrid’s 195/60 tyres are additionally narrower.
By the way in which, the wheels on these two vehicles can’t be swapped. The Rocky’s rims have 5 lugs (higher for heavier vehicles, P2 says) whereas the Ativa has 4. As is typical for hybrids, there’s no full dimension spare right here, only a tyre restore package within the boot’s sidewall.
As talked about, the Rocky’s tailgate is plastic. This isn’t uncommon for vehicles in Japan, however automobile firms usually change the hatch to steel for the Malaysian market to match the native mindset of metal being stronger. An instance of that is the T32 Nissan X-Path. One other space that has been tweaked to go well with native wants is the suspension – the JDM Rocky’s setup is 15 mm decrease and it’s softer sprung too.
Earlier than we transfer inside, be aware that the keyless entry for the Rocky works on each the motive force and passenger aspect doorways, versus solely on the motive force’s aspect for the Ativa. P2 says that its technique – single contact to unlock solely the motive force’s door, double contact to open all – is for security. We are able to get behind that, however sensors on two sides does add some comfort.
As soon as inside, you’ll discover that the Hybrid includes a excessive centre console incorporating an digital parking brake (with auto maintain, as per the Alza AV) and two deep cupholders. In distinction, the Ativa’s centre console has a “valley” between the gear space and armrest, and a guide handbrake resides right here together with devoted lock/unlock buttons. The latter is a characteristic that’s lacking on the JDM automobile. Win some, lose some.
Additional up, the Daihatsu comes with its personal local weather management panel. This single-zone AC cluster has two knobs and an auto operate. P2’s unit within the Ativa has no auto mode, however I discover its distinctive two-position reminiscence operate to be extremely helpful – P2 homeowners, would you commerce reminiscence for auto? Personally, I received’t as I by no means use auto anyway, however I do assume that the Daihatsu panel seems higher. Beside that, the push begin button is blue on the hybrid, and the JDM automobile additionally will get seat heaters.
Transferring on, the unique Japanese head unit has been swapped for a local Ativa unit, however this additionally signifies that there aren’t any audio steering buttons and reverse digital camera on the rebadged vehicles. Technically, Perodua might have added these on, plus a dashcam, however maybe it was an excessive amount of work. These are options that after you’re used to them, it’s laborious to return to the outdated approach of doing issues, so acclimatisation is required.
The “decrease spec” really feel of the Hybrid that P2 ordered is obvious upon first contact – its key fob has two much less buttons and feels empty in consequence. That impression is affirmed by the empty buttons on the steering wheel, the AV’s purple highlights and the native high spec automobile’s two-tone leather-based seats. Nevertheless, it didn’t take quite a lot of kilometres for my bum to desire the Japanese seats, that are softer and a good bit extra comfy.
As for match and materials high quality, it’s just about the identical for each. These aren’t costly vehicles and so they’re not pretending to be premium both. As a substitute, the dashboard has a singular design, robust shapes and a geometrical theme happening. Look very carefully and also you’ll discover completely different grains for the primary dashboard piece.
Lastly, hybrid-specific options embrace distinctive meter markings equivalent to Eco/Energy/Cost as an alternative of the same old tachometer (there are a few seems to select from, like within the Turbo) and an influence move web page within the multi-info show.
There’s additionally a Sensible Pedal operate for one-pedal driving, and the S-PDL button is the place the ADAS buttons are. Single pedal driving brings loads of regeneration and “engine braking” into play – when you’re used to S-PDL distances, the brake pedal is lowered to occasional use, equivalent to mild faucets for the automobile to return to an entire cease.
The Hybrid is powered by a 106 PS/170 Nm electrical motor, with a 82 PS/105 Nm 1.2 litre WA-VEX Atkinson-cycle three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine performing purely acts as a generator for the hybrid battery. The e-motor powers the wheels by way of an HEV transaxle, which signifies that this collection hybrid mannequin works like a spread extender electrical automobile, like Nissan’s e-Energy system.
In contrast to Honda’s e:HEV hybrids, there’s no direct drive connecting the ICE and the wheels, though in apply, Daihatsu’s ICE – when lively – feels immediately related to throttle actions. By the way in which, the Hybrid’s ICE is a 1.2L NA unit, whereas Malaysian-made Ativas use a 1.0L turbo with 98 PS and 140 Nm.
The Hybrid’s claimed gas consumption is 3.6 litres per 100 km on the WLTP cycle, which is 27.8 km/l. Perodua says that it’s able to 31.3 km/l within the Malaysian Driving Cycle, which is meant to mirror native driving situations. That signifies that on the present RON 95 value of RM2.05 per litre, a journey from KL to Penang (358 km) can value as little as RM23 in gas.
Sounds too optimistic? We’ll attempt it out and share our findings. On paper and based mostly on seems, which do you favor – Hybrid or Turbo? Additionally, what do you consider the RM500 monthly subscription programme? Nice deal or would you favor to personal the automobile after you end paying for it?
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