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Sedan
C-Segment
RM 1,515.34 /month
RM 113,600.00 to
RM 139,600.00
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Date Reviewed
13 September 2021
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by Matthew Tong

The 2020 update brought very minor upgrades to the Civic, but that's because the FC was already an excellent all-rounder to begin with. Still a solid purchase if you really like its looks.

For
  • Still one of the most spacious C-segment sedans
  • Honda Sensing works smoothly and competently
  • Punchy turbocharged powertrain
  • Split-folding seats (finally!)
  • Sexy 18-inch wheels
Against
  • Infotainment display looks like a relic
Sedan
Compact Executive
RM 5,367.12 /month
RM 402,354.12
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Date Reviewed
25 August 2021
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by Matthew Tong

As a do-it-all type of car, the M340i strikes a perfect balance between daily usability and outright performance. If you're looking for a no-compromise BMW that you can drive just about all the time, this is it.

For
  • Brilliantly creamy engine
  • Slick eight-speed auto
  • Infallible xDrive all-wheel drive system
  • Daily usability
  • Ride comfort
Against
  • Apple CarPlay is not standard
  • Not enough exterior colour options
RM 1,785.97 /month
RM 133,888.00 to
RM 159,888.00
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Date Reviewed
18 June 2019
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As a family car, there is no faulting the updated 2019 Nissan X-Trail range. It's one of the quietest and most comfortable SUVs in its class, and for the first time comes with Nissan Connect and Nissan Intelligent Mobility. The 2.0 litre models feel lacklustre when compared to their turbocharged rivals, but that can be overlooked if you value convenience and comfort over performance.

For
  • Refined, quiet cabin
  • Supremely comfortable seats
  • Nissan Intelligent Mobility with AEB!
Against
  • Lacklustre performance for 2.0 litre models
  • Cabin feels outdated when compared against rivals
RM 1,705.76 /month
RM 127,874.84 to
RM 139,195.59
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Date Reviewed
19 February 2019
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The C27 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid, for what it's worth, is an incredibly well-thought-out MPV for the family. It is sufficiently powerful to ferry seven adults in sheer comfort, and the cabin is littered with seven powered USB ports for everyone's peace of mind. Other improved aspects of the car include a better sprung suspension, more refined and efficient powertrain, quieter cabin and the inclusion of six airbags and ESC, both of which are mandatory in this day and age.

For
  • Super comfortable seats
  • Premium-feeling cabin
  • Exceptional features for driver and passengers
  • Powertrain is more refined
Against
  • Still uses old-school foot parking brake
  • Car still feels slightly underpowered on full load
Pickup
Truck/4X4
RM 1,212.38 /month
RM 90,888.00 to
RM 144,888.00
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Date Reviewed
4 January 2019
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by Matthew Tong

After many years of service, the Ford Ranger T6 has received its second facelift exercise, which gets significantly more enhancements that go beyond the typical exterior/interior refresh. The most notable upgrade is the addition of a brand new 2.0 litre bi-turbo engine, which powers the range-topping Wildtrak 4x4 and of course, the one and only Ranger Raptor. If you want a pick-up truck that's in a class of its own, look no further than the wide-bodied Raptor.

For
  • New engine is impressively smooth and quiet
  • Best-in-class cabin refinement
  • Unrivalled off-road performance (Ranger Raptor)
  • Slick-shifting 10-speed automatic gearbox
  • Extensive safety kit - seven airbags, AEB!
Against
  • Rear seats are a tad too upright
SUV
C-Segment
RM 1,495.84 /month
RM 112,138.00 to
RM 131,788.00
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Date Reviewed
22 March 2018
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The XV is one of the most popular Subaru models in the region, and the second-generation model is almost entirely new from the ground up. Thanks to a new stiffer platform, the crossover is much improved over its predecessor, exhibiting greater ride and handling characteristics with enhanced comfort and safety. Besides tyre roar and the shoddy infotainment system, the XV and its high quality cabin will certainly impress most people.

For
  • Impressive damping qualities, more comfortable than most rivals
  • Familiar design, but revised to great effect
  • Top level interior build quality
  • Handy all-wheel drive system, useful in harsh weather conditions
Against
  • Subpar infotainment system, feels out of place
  • Dated factory-fitted tyres
  • Small boot space
Hatchback
A-Segment
RM 628.01 /month
RM 47,079.43 to
RM 59,888.00
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Date Reviewed
9 March 2018
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As the only non-national car under RM50,000, the Kia Picanto is a solid alternative to the Perodua Myvi and Proton Iriz. It's well equipped and has a quality of ride and refinement that is head and shoulders above its peers, all while being better to drive than the previous model - only the lack of interior space is a letdown. It also now comes with autonomous emergency braking, which makes it one of only two vehicles in the price range to have it (the other being the Myvi).

For
  • Ultra-modern styling, well-built interior
  • Ride and refinement puts it in a different category altogether
  • Cheapest car with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Against
  • Rear space a little small for the price
  • Engine can feel gutless at times
RM 1,762.24 /month
RM 132,109.00 to
RM 171,000.00
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Date Reviewed
9 March 2018
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For a price tag that is just south of RM140,000, the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0L 4WD is a safe bet if you're looking for a capable SUV that delivers on its promise of providing seating for up to seven people. The all-wheel drive system is an added level of assurance while behind wheel, although the decently-equipped interior does appear a little dated.

For
  • Good value for a seven-seat SUV
  • Comfortable ride for long-distance journeys
  • Practical enough for most needs
Against
  • Interior is a little dated
  • Lack of rear air-con vents and charging ports
  • Engine feels strained when pushed
RM 1,631.23 /month
RM 122,288.00 to
RM 211,729.20
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Date Reviewed
29 April 2016
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The Subaru Forester is a good all-rounder that feels just as home on the city streets as it does off-road. Featuring the familiar Subaru DNA of a boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, the Forester also comes with an impressive safety package and a comfortable ride. However, it does command a slight premium over its rivals and isn't the best when it comes to handling.

For
  • Good off-road capabilities
  • Impressive safety package
  • Comfortable ride
Against
  • Interior isn't the most premium
  • CVT not the most responsive
  • No around-view monitor
Hatchback
B-Segment
RM 1,112.51 /month
RM 83,401.32 to
RM 93,888.00
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Date Reviewed
11 June 2014
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If you value the joy of driving, the sprightly Fiesta is just the sort of car that will get you grinning. Its contemporary looks aid its cause, with an outlook that will appeal to the young and young-at heart. The face of the facelift is a hit or miss visually, and the hatch is still preferable to the sedan, but the Fiesta still makes a case for itself three years on. The EcoBoost 1.0L is the pick of the lot.

For
  • Segment-leading handling and dynamics, drives well above its class.
  • Well-equipped (but the competition is catching up).
  • 1.0 litre EcoBoost is a gem of an engine
Against
  • Six-speed dry dual-clutch system not the smoothest in slow urban conditions.
  • Rear occupant space is a bit cramped.
  • Interior plastics could be better, but look hardy.
  • Average rear visibility.
SUV
Executive
RM 6,606.05 /month
RM 495,233.03 to
RM 599,900.00
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Date Reviewed
1 January 1970
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Going from being one of the heaviest cars in the segment to one of the lightest is no easy task, but Audi has pulled it off with its Q7 - a gist of the model's extreme makeover from one generation to the next. A behemoth from the outside, the Q7 does fall short of spaciousness inside, but score top marks for quality, performance, features and safety.

For
  • Handsome, attention-grabbing style
  • Premium build quality
  • New equipment and features
Against
  • Poor cabin spaciousness
  • Too soft air suspension - even in Sport mode
  • Poor handling