Versatility with the Vitara
I HAVE made a search on the Internet as well as following closely on Cars,
Bikes & Trucks articles.
I did not see anything related to MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) and SUV
(sports utility vehicle) fuel efficiency.
We are expecting our third child and
the current sedan would not work well
I have always been against MPVs and SUVs out of concerns for
fuel consumption and pollution.
However, I think we need to get an MPV or SUV to meet my family's traveling needs.
I am from Penang and my spouse is
from Johor Baru.
We are living in Kuala Lumpur and
prefer to drive during the batik kampung seasons.
My wife would like to have an MPV
but I prefer a SUV as I like cycling.
I would like your advice on:
1. Fuel efficiency -- is there any MPV
or SUV that fits this criteria ?
2. Maintenance -- between an MPV
and SUV, which is higher in terms of
3. Any model of MPV and SUV that
you would recommend ?
Glad to know that you are a practical
person and prefer to own a vehicle that
does not waste fuel or tarmac space.
However, with your changing social
and family needs, I totally agree with you
on the need for a bigger vehicle.
The best bet for you is to look at a
compact MPV rather than a SUV as a four-wheel drive system is not a criteria for you
and space is more important. A SUV will
cost more to run as it will sip more fuel as
it is driving four wheels, not two.
As you have not mentioned your
budget, I am going to shoot in the dark
and offer a few possibilities.
Let's start with an MPV that drives like
a sedan and sips little fuel in its segment
-- the Honda Stream at RM158,000. This
is at the top end of the price table but
resale value and maintenance is good.
Very close to the Stream is the Toyota
Wish which is slightly smaller. Some of
my cycling friends say that getting a
mountain bike in is a little bit difficult but
Next is the Nissan Grand Livina, which is priced below
RM99,000. It appears to be of better value but build quality is
not on par with the Wish and Stream. Maintenance will be low and the Livina sips
New to the segment and reasonably
priced is the new Kia Rondo. At below
RM90,000, this new MPV offers great
Now that you have some MPVs to
think of, let me offer you a SUV option.
The two-wheel drive Suzuki Vitara is fully
imported -- offering good build quality,
space for your bicycle and a high driving
The Vitara, which sells for less than
RM109,000, offers versatility and fuel efficiency of a sedan at a price of a compact
Visit a showroom and test drive it and I
do believe that you might end up signing
on the dotted line.