Perodua Myvi

The Essentials

  • Price from £6,999
  • What Car? says: 2 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 48.7mpg
  • What is it? One of the cheapest superminis on offer, and you get what you pay for - not much.

Great

  • It's cheap to buy and run
  • There's more than enough room for four
  • Well equipped considering the price

Gripes

  • The boot is cramped
  • There are only two airbags to protect you
  • Interior doesn't feel at all special
  • Drive

    If you're not afraid of working the gearbox, it offers nippy performance but there's not much in the way of grip

  • Inside

    It's easy to get comfy behind the wheel although there's no reach adjustment for the wheel

  • Safety

    You get twin airbags and high-tech anti-lock brakes, but no deadlocks

  • Reliability

    It's a tough little car, unlikely to let you down (and if it does, there's a warranty)

  • Space

    Four grown-ups can settle in happily, just so long as they all travel light

  • Standard and extras

    Air-con, electric windows and door mirrors, a CD player and metallic paint come as standard

  • What's it like to drive?

    Flex your left arm before you climb into the Perodua Myvi - you're going to be using it a lot working through the gears whenever you plan to accelerate swiftly. Unfortunately, the faster you go, the louder it gets and the more the gearlever vibrates. Keep your speed down on bumpy roads, when the car feels like a bouncy castle. Take it easy when you're turning sharp corners, because the skinny tyres are prone to letting go of the road.

  • What's it like inside?

    It's easy to get comfy in the Perodua Myvi, even though you can't adjust the steering wheel. The controls are exactly where your hands want them to be and there's plenty of space for you and your crew (well, three of them, anyway). Travel light, though, or leave a couple of sidekicks at home and fold the back seats flat for extra luggage space. Equipment includes a CD player and air-con along with electric windows and door mirrors.

  • How reliable is it?

    The Myvi feels cheap inside, but reliability is hard to assess as so few are sold. There's no doubt that the meagre safety kit falls short of what we'd expect. Only two front airbags are fitted - no side or curtain 'bags and no stability control either. With no deadlocks the Myvi is vulnerable to thieves, assuming anyone would want to steal one.

  • Should I buy one?

    It's cheap to buy and run and reasonably equipped for the money but even at this price we think you could do better.