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. The car takes over the title of being the most affordable car in Malaysia from the Viva. The Axia is the first model to début from Perodua’s all-new second factory in Rawang, Selangor.
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 4-Star rating after the Alza. The Axia is also safer than the 3-Star rated pre-facelift second generation Myvi, despite being a smaller car.
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.
For 2016, the Standard G variant gained ABS with EBD and BA.
For the facelift models, halogen projector headlights were made standard across all trim levels.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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’. All Axias will come equipped with an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system for greater ease of steering, in addition to improved fuel-efficiency.
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.
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.