Perodua Axia

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Perodua Axia (B200)
2014 Perodua Axia SE in Cyberjaya, Malaysia (01).jpg
2014 Perodua Axia SE
Also called
AssemblyMalaysia: Serendah (PGMSB)
Body and chassis
ClassCity car (A)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformDaihatsu Global A-Segment Platform[1]
Wheelbase2,455 mm (96.7 in)
Length3,640 mm (143.3 in)
Width1,620 mm (63.8 in)
Height1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Kerb weight820–850 kg (1,810–1,870 lb)
PredecessorPerodua Viva

The Perodua Axia is a five-door hatchback produced by Malaysian automobile manufacturer Perodua. It was launched on 15 September 2014 as the successor to the Viva.[2] The car takes over the title of being the most affordable car in Malaysia from the Viva, and the best-selling car in Malaysia for three consecutive years, between 2015 until 2017.[3] The Axia is the first model to debut from Perodua's all-new second factory in Rawang, Selangor.


The name ‘Axia’, which is pronounced ‘a-zee-a’ or ‘A-xia’, is derived from the Greek word ‘ΑΞΙΑ’ (axia) which means value. The word Axia also resembles the word Asia but with the letter ‘s’ having been replaced by ‘x’ which represents the number ten, as the Axia is Perodua's tenth model.[4]


Perodua Axia Standard E (pre-facelift)
2014 Perodua Axia SE (pre-facelift)


The Axia was developed as the successor to the Viva. Perodua chose to license the Daihatsu Ayla/Toyota Agya platform for their Viva Replacement Model (VRM).[5] The Ayla and Agya duo have been on sale in neighbouring Indonesia and Philippines since 2013, but not in Malaysia. Although the Viva replacement model will be based on the Ayla/Agya platform, Perodua has iterated that the upper body and external elements will be indigenously designed, and the car will not be just a rebadged model.

On 26 August 2013, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak announced that the replacement model to the Viva will launch in 2014 as the cheapest new car on the market.[6] The new model will be built at Perodua's all-new RM1.3 billion, 65,000 sq ft second manufacturing plant, located adjacent to the company's original factory in Rawang, Selangor.[7] Perodua's new factory will mirror Daihatsu Kyushu's factory in terms of work ethics, technology and efficiency.[8] Perodua has since announced the construction of a new engine manufacturing factory in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan at cost of RM600 million.[9]

Perodua showcased the Global Model A Segment Space (GMA) concept at the 2013 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show in November.[10] The GMA previewed the interior design of the Viva Replacement Model (VRM). Perodua also showcased a new engine, the 1.0 litre Daihatsu 1KR-DE as a possible candidate for the VRM.[11]

On 11 June 2014, the first spyshots of an undisguised Perodua Axia were leaked online.[12] Further photos of various pre-launch Perodua Axia units have since been leaked online, but on 6 August 2014, additional photos revealed the final product name was indeed ‘Perodua Axia’, after months of media speculation.[13]

On 11 August 2014, Perodua teased a photo of the Axia on their official Facebook page.[5] Three days later, Perodua announced that bookings for the Axia will open on 15 August, with prices starting from RM24,900 along with a five-year warranty, a first for a Perodua model 5 years .[4] The following day, the first official photo from Perodua confirmed the product name ‘Axia’ along with the tagline ‘Your Smart Move’.[14] Later that same day, even more extensive official details on the Axia were unveiled.[15] Perodua released a teaser of the front end of the Axia Standard E and G variants on 19 August 2014.[16] The more expensive Axia SE and Advance variants sport a more aggressive and sporty exterior, whereas the cheaper Standard E and G trim lines offer a more modest and basic package.

The tentative pricing and equipment list for the Perodua Axia was leaked online on 14 August 2014.[17]

In the morning of 19 August 2014, Perodua announced that around 3,500 bookings have been made for the Axia in just the five days since 15 August, when bookings were officially opened.[18] Around 60-70% of the total bookings were made for the mid-range Axia Standard G model, whereas around 13% accounted for the base model, the Axia Standard E, and the remaining 17-27% made up the more expensive Axia SE and range-topping Axia Advance models.[18] Additionally, Perodua maintained that production of the now seven-year-old Viva will continue for as long as the demand persists. However, production of the no-frills Viva 660 and high-end Viva 1.0 and Elite is expected to cease nonetheless, with just the mid-range Viva 850 remaining in production.[18] Perodua also claimed that the all-new Axia will have 95% locally sourced content, with the remainder being imported from Indonesia and Japan. Despite having the vast majority of parts and components locally sourced, Perodua will still have to pay royalties to Toyota and Daihatsu for the licensing of their platform, engine and other key elements which were not indigenously designed by Perodua in Malaysia. Perodua also announced during the media briefing on 19 August that the tentative launch of the Perodua Axia would be in September 2014.[18] The company aims to sell 10,000 Axia units per month.

The Axia, which is a city car/A-segment car was not originally launched to compete with the similar but more upmarket subcompact/B-segment Proton Iriz, which also launched in the second half of 2014.[19]


The Axia received first facelift update on 20 January 2017 with the new 1.0L VVT-i engine. The same four variants remained on sale. The facelift brought along revised front grill and bumpers, an external boot release and revised equipment list.[20]

On 20 September 2019, the second-facelifted Axia was launched with six variants: E, G, GXtra, SUV-inspired Style, SE and AV. Only E variant has manual transmission while the rest have automatic transmissions with ABS and EBD. The 1KR-VE engine also retained. At this facelift, both SE and AV variants share similar appearance with E, G and GXtra variants with few trim differences. New safety features are fitted such as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) for GXtra variant and upwards, and Advanced Safety Assist 2.0 (ASA 2.0) is available only on range-topping AV variant. Other features such as retractable side mirrors, reverse sensors, driver seat height adjuster and anti-snatch hook are fitted for GXtra variant and upwards also.[21]

The SUV-inspired Style variant differs from other variants with SUV-style bumpers, decorative roof rails, different grille and clear tail lamps. The Style, together with SE and AV variants have keyless entry, push start button and white-illuminated meter panel as additional standard features.[22]

2017 first facelift styling

2019 second facelift styling



Equipment Standard E Standard G GXtra SE Advance Style
Wheels 14-inch Steel Wheels 14-inch Alloy Wheels 14-inch Alloy Wheels 14-inch Alloy Wheels 14-inch Alloy Wheels 15-inch Dual-Tone Alloy Wheels
Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front & Rear Bumpers Body Coloured Body Coloured Body Coloured Body Coloured Body Coloured Body Coloured
Front Grille Finishing Painted Painted Chrome Chrome Chrome Chrome
Front Fog Lamps No No No Yes Yes Yes
Electric Side Mirrors No Yes Yes(Retractable) Yes(Retractable With Turn Signals) Yes(Retractable With Turn Signals) Yes(Retractable)
Door Handles Body Coloured Body Coloured Body Coloured Chrome Finished Chrome Finished Chrome Finished
Front Corner Sensors No No No Yes Yes No
Reverse Sensors No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reverse Camera No No No No Yes No
Rear Wiper No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Defogger No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Reflectors No No No No No Yes


The interior dimensions are similar to those of the Myvi, with rear legroom being particularly generous for a car with such a modest footprint.

The Standard G variants gains over the Standard E variant a centre console, air conditioning control knobs painted silver as opposed to being unpainted, a double din FM AM CD headunit, a rev counter and a parcel shelf with strings.

The SE switches amber illumination for red illumination, gains Bluetooth connectivity, fabric insets on the door cards, chrome surrounds on the air con vents and instrument cluster, silver trim on the left and right spoke of the steering wheel as well as sports grip and the use of glossy plastic on the centre stack.

The Advance variants gains steering mounted audio controls and a touchscreen audio unit.

All four variants uses different seat upholstery with the Advance model the only variant that uses leather.

Alongside with the introduction of ABS in 2016, the Standard G variant also gained the glossy plastic finish on the centre stack. Do note that the headunit front fascia remained matt resulting into an interesting mid march.

With the facelift in 2017 saw new headunits for all three variants with the Standard G headunit ditching a knob for buttons to control volume. The front facia was updated to match the glossy plastic centre stack.

Equipment Standard E Standard G GXtra SE Advance Style
Vanity Mirror for Driver No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seats Fabric Fabric Fabric (Mid Type) Fabric (Bucket) Leather (Bucket) Semi Bucket (Style Type)
Power Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smart Entry & Push Start/Stop Button No No No Yes Yes Yes
EPS (Electric Power Steering) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ECO Drive indicator (fuel efficiency coach) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ISOFIX System Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anti-snatch hook No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seat hook No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-purpose Container No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tissue compartment No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Safety Assist (A.S.A 2.0) No No No No Yes No


Safety features[15][N 1]
Trim Variant Standard E Standard G GXtra SE Advance Style
Market Malaysia
Model Year 2014–present 2014-2015 2016–present 2019–present 2014-2019 2019–present 2014-2019 2019–present 2019–present
ABS with EBD and BA
Advance Safety Assist (A.S.A)
Airbags 2 (Driver & Passenger)

The Perodua Axia has been crash tested by the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia (ASEAN NCAP), and has claimed a 4-Star rating, thus becoming the second Perodua model to score a 5-Star rating after the Alza.[15][25] The Axia is also safer than the 3-Star rated pre-facelift second generation Myvi, despite being a smaller car.[26]

At launch, Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and Brake assist (BA) were equipped on the SE and Advance variant while the more affordable Standard E and Standard G variant were not equipped with the aforementioned features. The Axia is equipped with 2 airbags for all variants.[2]

For 2016, the Standard G variant gained ABS with EBD and BA.[27]

For the 2017 facelift models, halogen projector headlights were made standard across all trim levels.

Another facelift was launched in September 2019. All models except the Standard E and Standard G variant now gets vehicle stability control. Airbag count remains at 2 across the board. The range-topping Advance variant now features the Advanced Safety Assist 2.0 (ASA 2.0) which debuted in the Perodua Aruz, which includes Forward Collision Warning with pedestrian detection, Automatic Emergency Braking (operative from speeds of 4–80 km/h), Pedal Misoperation Control and Front Departure Alert, which alerts the driver of the vehicle in front has proceeded ahead, e.g. from a traffic light.


Engine 1KR-DE2 1KR-VE
Format I3 DOHC 12V I3 DOHC 12V
Total displacement (cc) 998 998
Bore x Stroke (mm x mm) 71 x 84 71 x 84
Maximum Output [hp(kW)/rpm] 66 (49) / 6,000 67 (50) / 6,000
Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm) 90 / 3,600 91 / 4,400
Top Speed (km/h) 155[28] 160
Acceleration 0–100 km/h (sec) >15[28]
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 33 33

The pre-facelift Perodua Axia was offered with one petrol engine, the 998cc 12-valve DOHC 1KR-DE2 l3, sourced from Toyota and Daihatsu but redesigned by Perodua.[15] The new 1.0 litre engine offers 66 hp (49 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm (66 lb ft) of torque at 3,600 rpm. It is Perodua's first engine to be made with aluminium parts, which are lighter than their cast iron equivalents and it is the first to use drive by wire technology. As a result, the new 1KR-DE2 engine weighs 69 kg, or 10 kg less than the old 989cc EJ-VE engine in the Perodua Viva.[9] Unlike the 1KR-FE engine, The 1KR-DE2 in the Axia is not equipped with Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology. The new engine is also Euro IV compliant.[9]

The 1KR-DE2 1.0L engine in the Axia is paired to a choice of two transmissions, a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic respectively. Perodua claims that the Axia is capable of achieving up to 21.6 km/L with the manual, and 20.1 km/L with the automatic while in ‘ECO Mode’.[15] All Axias will come equipped with an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system for greater ease of steering, in addition to improved fuel-efficiency.[29]

The Perodua Axia became the first car to qualify under Malaysia's 2014 National Automotive Policy (NAP) Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) fuel-efficiency standards on its late 2014 launch.[30]

The facelift versions of the Perodua Axia gained Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) in the form of the 1KR-VE engine.

Sales figures[edit]

Calendar Year Malaysia
2014 29,811[31]
2015 101,879[31]
2016 89,059[32]
2017 88,417[32]
2018 78,425[33]
2019 67,267[34]
2020 59,651[35]
2021 43,080[36]

Awards and accolades[37][edit]

  • Winner Compact Car of The Year - Allianz VOTY (Vehicle of the Year) 2017
  • Winner Value-for-Money Car of The Year - Frost & Sullivan
  • Most Favourite Brand 2016/17 Automotive Sedan/Compact Cars - The Brand Laureate

See also[edit]


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  1. ^ Legend
    Blue : Standard across all trim levels.
    Yellow : Available on selected trim level(s) only, full package.
    Yellow : Available on selected trim level(s) only, but is not the full package.
    Blue : Not available on selected trim level(s), or is the no-frills package.

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