Sometimes we just need a car to get around without having to service a huge loan or pay a lot on maintenance and most of all, petrol. With Malaysia’s petrol prices sometimes changing significantly on a weekly basis, you never know when you have to spend a fortune just to keep a fuel-guzzling car moving.
So one of the first things you usually check when buying a car is the fuel consumption. To assist you in making the right buying decision, here are some fuel-efficient cars priced below RM45,000 to consider.
1. Perodua Bezza 1.0 Standard G A/T
Perodua Bezza has an estimated fuel economy of 4.7L/100km.
Fuel economy: 4.7L/100km (estimated)
Price (without insurance): RM35,391
Monthly instalment: From RM458.82*
According to car trading platform ezAuto.my, Perodua’s compact sedan has a petrol prices of 4.7L/100km. Its on the road price is also just RM35,391! So besides spending less on petrol, you also won’t have to fork out lots of money for the downpayment or take up a big car loan.
2. Perodua Axia 1.0L Style A/T
The reliable Perodua Axia has an estimated fuel efficiency of 4.8L/100km.
Fuel economy: 4.8L/100km (estimated)
Price (without insurance): RM37,515
Monthly instalment: From RM486.36*
The reliable Perodua Axia has an estimated fuel efficiency of 4.8L/100km, according to automotive content portal WapCar. Inexpensive and easy to maintain, this vehicle is ideal for fresh grads and people who are looking for a second family car.
3. Suzuki Alto 1.0 A/T GLX
The Suzuki Alto features a 1.0 litre engine with an estimated fuel economy of 5.2L/100km.
Fuel economy: 5.2L/100km (estimated)
Price (without insurance): RM44,888
Monthly instalment: From RM581.94*
There are non-Perodua and Proton cars that are fuel-efficient and affordable too. The adorable Suzuki Alto features a 1.0 litre engine with an estimated fuel economy of 5.2L/100km. Priced at RM44,888, it costs RM9,497 more than the Perodua Bezza. However, thanks to its petite size, you can always comfortably squeeze into tight parking spaces
In a September 2020 article by car trading site Carlist.my, it was reported that Suzuki had exited the Malaysian car market. However, there have been rumours that the Japanese carmaker is planning to re-enter the local market.
In the meantime, you can still purchase a used Suzuki Alto at a lower price on Carlist.my.
4. Proton Iriz 1.3 MT
The Proton Iriz has an estimated fuel efficiency of 5.8L/100km.
Fuel economy: 5.8L/100km (estimated)
Price (without insurance): RM36,700
Monthly instalment: From RM475.79*
With affordable pricing and great fuel efficiency, the Proton Iriz 1.3 MT is a pretty good buy. At RM36,700, the Proton Iriz is slightly more expensive than the Perodua Bezza (by RM1,309), but it will appeal to car fans who enjoy driving with a manual transmission.
5. Perodua Myvi 1.3 Standard G A/T
With an estimated fuel economy of 6.2L/100km, owning a Myvi will not burn a hole in your wallet.
Fuel economy: 6.2L/100km (estimated)
Price (without insurance): RM43,029
Monthly instalment: From 557.84*
Over 16 years, the Myvi has evolved from its first-generation bubble-like shape into today’s sleeker hatchback design. This model is pretty easy on the eyes and renowned for its fuel efficiency. With an estimated fuel economy of 6.2L/100km, owning a Myvi will not burn a hole in your wallet.
As a vehicle owner, it’s also mandatory for you to purchase a car insurance policy. A good policy can protect you and your vehicle in case of an accident, fire or theft.
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*The monthly instalment for each car is calculated based on 10% downpayment, on a 3% interest rate and a seven-year car loan via Calculator.com.my.