The equipment level is good, there is a nice amount of space and the Myvi is both affordable and attractive. The safety kit is lacking, it has poor refinement and the cabin interior is gloomy and boring.
With a 86bhp 1.3-litre petrol engine, the Myvi is swift to drive through town and keeps up well at higher speeds with other traffic. For overtaking or cruising speed, you really have to work the five-speed gearbox. The EZi auto slows things down by quite a bit.
There is not much grip so high-speed and sharp corners need to be performed with care. The steering seems almost too light, but the car is predictable, comfortable and responsive. You may want to avoid bumps a high speed to prevent “jumping.”
There is extreme vibration throughout the gearlever which is a shame when you have to use the gearbox so frequently. Well refined about town, at motorway speeds, wind and engine noise picks up, becoming slightly tedious.
The Myvi is cheap to purchase and running costs are low. Fuel economy is great at almost 50 mpg, but cheaper and superior rival cars can be bought.
Sale numbers have been low so there is not really any data on reliability. It shares mechanics with the former Daihatsu Sirion though, which had an okay record. Quality obviously is not a strong point since the plastics in the cabin feel extremely cheap.
There are standard front airbags but no stability control. There are no deadlocks but central locking by remote is standard.
The steering wheel is lacking in reach adjustment, but the controls are easy to use and laid out well. The seat has plenty of options for movement to make any driver comfortable.
For the size of the vehicle, there is plenty of cabin room. Headroom is extensive and the boot is small when the 60/40 split seats are in place, but if they are flattened there is loads of extra space.
Both the EZi autos and the SXi manuals come standard with metallic paint, air-con, power door windows, remote central locks, power rear and front windows and a CD player.
This is a comfortable and roomy little machine, and because comfort is important to any driver, you will be pleased you purchased a Perodua Myvi Hatchback. A roomy hatchback boot is also one of the high points here, so pack your favourite projects inside it, and hit the road for a great fun experience.