Deciding to purchase a car is a rather long and time-consuming process as there are so many factors to consider. There’s the size, safety features, specifications, brand, design and perhaps the most important of all, the price. Taking all these factors into consideration, it’s small wonder that you feel a headache coming on when it’s time to make a decision. Here we have narrowed down a list of economical cars that are in the affordable range of RM24,000 to RM85,000 for those with numerous financial constraints.
Perodua Axia (from RM24,000)
Perodua Axia (Photo credit: perodua.com.my)
One of Perodua’s latest models to hit the market is the compact Axia which has a surprisingly spacious interior, an energy-efficient engine that’s eco-friendly and also comes with several safety features. While the premium model sets you back about RM44,000, it offers many upgrades compared to the baseline model such as a multimedia navigation system, leather seats that are semi-bucket and a sleek steering wheel wrapped with leather that comes with audio controls for a dynamic, fluid driving experience.
Perodua Myvi (from RM41,000)
Perodua Myvi (Photo credit: perodua.com.my)
The ever popular Myvi has been the best-selling car in Malaysia ever since its first launch in 2005 due to its budget-friendly price and space efficiency. Over the years, Perodua has been giving the Myvi innumerable facelifts and upgrades in order to provide users with a better driving experience. With its practicality, spaciousness, safety features and stylishly sporty look, it’s not hard to see why this car is seen almost everywhere on Malaysian roads.
Proton Saga (from RM33,000)
Proton Saga (Photo credit: carlist.my)
The Proton Saga from our very own home-grown car brand is definitely a crowd favourite due to its sedan size and pocket-friendly prices. This car allows you to commute from point A to point B effortlessly with a fuel-efficient engine that lets you get the most out of your vehicle. If the basic 1.3 models are not your cup of tea, the Proton Saga has a sportier 1.6-liter option with added features for a smoother, more spirited drive.
Proton Iriz (from RM42,000)
Proton Iriz (Photo credit: carlist.my)
A zippy little hatchback model, the Proton Iriz is designed for the fun-loving individuals who want a car that’s practical yet classy. Coming with all the necessary safety features and more, it is a vehicle that offers ultimate accident protection thus dramatically reducing the risk of injury to the driver and passengers. Equipped with modern technologies, this car is powerful, youthful and a vibrantly designed drive.
Kia Picanto (from RM55,000)
Kia Picanto (Photo credit: motoringresearch.com)
An ambitious, upbeat little car produced from the famous Korean brand, The Picanto comes with an impressive list of accessories and specifications all packed into one petite frame. Safety comes first with the Picanto as it is loaded with six airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, 4-disc brake system and Electronic Stability Control. All these makes the Picanto one of the best affordable cars in the market.
Mitsubishi Mirage (from RM59,000)
Mitsubishi Mirage (Photo credit: mitsubishi-motors.ca)
Produced by international Japanese brand Mitsubishi, the sporty Mirage is a great economical vehicle to invest in. Recently given an update in October 2015, it promises uncompromised safety, unbeatable comfort and a most pleasant driving experience. Perfect for urbanites, this 1.2-liter car sports an edgy body kit that will definitely turn heads on the road.
Honda Jazz (from RM 69,000)
Honda Jazz (Photo credit: honda.com.my)
The Jazz is easily the most reasonably priced Honda in Malaysia but don’t let its price tag fool you into thinking that it has subpar features. In fact, it has a unexpectedly roomy cabin with ultra-flexible seats that you can adjust to your preference. Loaded with a powerful 1.5-liter engine and superior safety equipment, this streamlined car certainly provides a great value-for-money proposition.
Honda City (from RM 71,000)
Honda City (Photo credit: honda.com.my)
Another economical car from Honda that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical is the City. Fitted out with a fuel-efficient 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, you can do your part for a better environment as well. The Honda City lets you ride conveniently with a host of buttons and switches that provides you with greater control of the system.
Nissan Almera (from RM64,000)
Nissan Almera (Photo credit: carlist.my)
If bigger, sedan-like cars are more your style, a good option to consider is the Nissan Almera which is a B-segment car with sleek, elegant lines and premium upgrades. Utilizing advanced and innovative technology, sizeable interior and sophisticated finishing, this is the ideal car for those who craves more comfort for their vehicle.
Hyundai i10 (from RM51,000)
Hyundai i10 (Photo credit: carwow.co.uk)
This diminutive hatchback makes driving fun again with its colourful interior package and premium safety technology. Whiz around the city in this easy to manoeuvre compact car packed with above average features for a comfortable, convenient ride. Customers can choose between the 1.1 liter or 1.25 liter engine where both types work equally well at maximising fuel consumption to help you save on petrol costs.