It’s only February, but we’ve already unveiled our Car of the Year 2023 Perodua Axia. The second-generation cheap hatchback bearing the Axia badge is an all-new Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) model, bigger and better in terms of safety and features, but also slightly more expensive than before. It’s also noticeably better to drive, as detailed in our first drive report.

The 2023 Axia comes in four variants – G, X, SE and AV. G starts range at RM38,600The price of X is RM40,000SE cost RM44,000while top-notch AV will make you cringe RM49,500on the road without insurance.

All four D74A variants share the same new powertrain combination, which pairs a carried-over 1.0-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder engine with a D-CVT automatic transmission for 67 hp/91 Nm.

First introduced in the Ativa, D-CVT stands for Dual Mode CVT, the world’s first split gear CVT system. Basically, the setup combines a belt drive with gears for improved FC, acceleration and quietness – you can read more about the D-CVT here. It replaces the long-running four-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

While the CVT changed the Axia’s driving character, its real mission was to improve fuel economy. The data Perodua claims is in the Malaysian Driving Cycle (MDC), which it says follows local road conditions and driving patterns. 25.3 km/l (G and X) or 27.4 km/l with Eco Idle stop-start (SE and AV).

P2 said that if you combine the maximum MDC FC with the current RON 95 price of RM2.05 per liter, you can travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, which is 365km, for less than RM28 in fuel.

Axia’s body is bigger. At 3,760mm long and 1,665mm wide, the D74A is 115mm longer and 45mm wider than its predecessor; more than half of that extra length goes into the wheelbase, which measures 2,525mm and is 70mm longer. The outgoing Axia’s boot is generously sized – here, the 265-litre cargo area is five liters larger. Perodua has also worked on the driving position and ergonomics – the steering angle is now more upright (good) and for the first time there is tilt adjustment.

Which model gets what? That’s why for this post, we’ve generally listed each variant’s kit by spec comparison and separated them by category. Not everything is available from the spec sheet, so some snooping will be required.

Highlights include standard VSC across the range, all/six airbags for AV, driver assistance tech for ASA and AV (including auto high beams, but no ACC), Eco Idle, LED headlights and steering for SE/AV Tuning starts with the X (both new from Axia) and touchscreen head units/digital gauges for AV. Unusually, all variants ride on the same tire/wheel combination, but here it is – 14-inch monochrome offerings and Toyo Proxes CR1 rubber. Yes, there are no plus sizes or different rim designs for the range toppers.

Check out the full kit list, a gallery of each spec, and a walkthrough video below. How do you think the value the new Axia offers?

2023 Perodua Axia G – RM38,600
Get standard:


  • 1.0L VVT-i three-cylinder engine (1KR-VE)
  • 67 hp at 6,000 rpm, 91 Nm at 4,400 rpm
  • Malaysia driving cycle 25.3 km/l fuel consumption (23.3 km/l NEDC)
  • D-CVT automatic transmission
  • 33 liter fuel tank
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • 4.5m turning radius
  • manual handbrake
  • Ventilated disc brakes (front), drum brakes (rear)
  • Length 3,760 mm, width 1,665 mm, height 1,495 mm, wheelbase 2,525 mm
  • 150 mm ground clearance
  • Five-year/150,000km warranty


  • Halogen reflector headlights
  • Signal light on the front fender
  • Body-colored B-pillar, A-pillar corners and rear license plate trim
  • Body-colored electrically adjustable door mirrors with manual folding
  • All black plastic front grille
  • 14″ alloys with 175/65 Toyo Proxes CR1 tires


  • Speed ​​sensitive automatic door lock
  • Fabric seat
  • Folding rear seats with fixed “pillow” headrests
  • height adjustable driver’s seat
  • non-adjustable steering column
  • turn start key fob
  • All Black Dashboard
  • Power windows, automatic up/down for driver only
  • manual air conditioner
  • Analog instrument cluster with 4.2-inch LCD multi-information display
  • Non-touch screen host with USB/Bluetooth
  • two speakers
  • polyurethane steering wheel


  • two airbags
  • ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, VSC, Traction Control
  • rear parking sensor
  • Seat belt reminder, front and rear
  • Isofix child seat anchor
  • 4-star ASEAN NCAP rating

2023 Perodua Axia X – RM40,000
Add to:


  • Keyless entry with electrostatic touch sensor
  • Car headlights
  • LED headlights with manual leveling
  • LED positioning lights
  • follow me home light
  • Blacked-out B-pillar and A-pillar corners


  • tilt adjustable steering
  • Silver trim on the steering wheel
  • keyless start button
  • rear center cup holder
  • four speakers


  • front corner parking sensor

2023 Perodua Axia SE – RM44,000
Add to:


  • Eco Idle Auto Start-Stop
  • power mode
  • Fuel consumption in Malaysia driving cycle is 27.4 km/l


  • LED daytime running lights
  • Chrome strip on front grille
  • front baseboard
  • side skirt
  • rear spoiler
  • Black rear license plate decoration
  • Auto-folding mirrors with LED turn signals
  • Solar and Security Window Tints
  • Extra hood insulation


  • power mode steering button
  • half bucket seat, fabric
  • Independent rear head restraints
  • Chrome door handle
  • Silver Horizontal Dashboard Trim
  • Silver Shift Knob Trim
  • Digital AC control panel with memory function
  • Tachometer
  • Anti-robbing handbag hook
  • two teh tarik Hooks on the backrests of the front seats

2023 Perodua Axia AV – RM49,500
Add to:



  • 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster with steering controls
  • 9.0-inch touchscreen head unit with steering controls
  • Semi leather seat
  • leather wrapped steering wheel


  • six airbags
  • Lane departure warning and prevention
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • ASA 3.0 including Auto Exposure Bracketing
  • reversing camera

Gallery: 2023 Perodua Axia AV

Gallery: 2023 Perodua Axia SE

In Photos: 2023 Perodua Axia X with GearUp accessories

Gallery: 2023 Perodua Axia G

Gallery: Perodua Axia old vs new

Gallery: 2023 Perodua Axia Brochure

In Photos: 2023 Perodua Axia colors, official images

Gallery: 2023 Perodua Axia AV Official Photos

Gallery: 2023 Perodua Axia SE official images

Gallery: 2023 Perodua Axia X Official Images

Gallery: 2023 Perodua Axia G Official Images

Label: Perodua Axia 2023 D74A

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