Perodua Kelisa 1.0 GXi

With the change to '52' registration plates in September, there has never been a better time to choose a new Perodua to wear them. Price realignments across the majority of the range last month mean the Kelisa 5-door city car now starts at under £5,000, while the Kenari 5-door mini-MPV costs just over £6,000. Both offer unrivalled value.

But don't take our word for it. The latest figures compiled by independent motor research specialists CAP, show Kelisa in the number one slot for the eighth consecutive month in their top 10 chart of low vehicle running costs. While Kelisa EXi is the cheapest with a projected running cost of just 13.6 pence per mile over 3-years/60,000 miles, Perodua models occupy a further two places in the top 5!

"What buyers are pleasantly surprised to find are that Kelisa and Kenari employ the very latest Japanese technology married to Malaysian build quality in vehicles that cost so little," says Perodua Managing Director, Tim Slaughter.

The fact is, Perodua enjoys an ongoing technical collaboration with Daihatsu and shares the latest innovations and developments in the creation of its model range. So it's no wonder that Kelisa and Kenari boast such taken for granted features as twin front airbags, seat belt pretensioners, side-impact protection, rear door child locks and power-assisted steering as standard equipment.

Couple the impressive equipment specification to an ultra-efficient three cylinder engine boasting four-valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts and variable valve timing and it's hard to imagine all of this technology in a vehicle costing less than £5,000 delivered.

"We believe the Perodua range is without equal," says Perodua Managing Director, Tim Slaughter. "No one else offers so much car bristling with so much new technology for so little money. We are able to do this because we choose to run our business this way and want to offer a fair deal for our customers with a vehicle range that is affordable and inexpensive to run."

Further emphasising low running costs are economy figures of 64.2 mpg for Kelisa EX over the Extra Urban cycle. The same 1.0 litre unit powers the entire Perodua range and returns impressive economy and performance whether installed in Kelisa or Kenari. The petrol engine has a CO2 rating of 121g/km in Kelisa EX, EXi and GXi, making it the fourth cleanest petrol engine currently available in the UK according the Vehicle Certification Agency. In fact, the 989cc 55PS unit ranks alongside the latest Hybrid engine technology for economy and clean running and results in low Vehicle Excise Duty charges for Perodua owners.

For cost conscious buyers willing to stretch their budget a little further than the entry-level Kelisa EX, Perodua offers the higher specified Kelisa GXi 5-door at £5,699 delivered. This version boasts electric front windows, central door locking, metallic paintwork, two-tone cloth upholstery, coin holder and twin cup holders as standard.

Both Kelisa and Kenari model ranges top out with a three-speed automatic transmission equipped EZi model, making them ideal for the cut and thrust of stop/start round town driving or easy cars in which to learn to drive.

All Perodua models are sold with a six-year anti-perforation guarantee and with the exception of the entry-level Kelisa EX, come with a two-year/24,000 mile warranty and 12 months free roadside recovery membership. Service intervals are every 10,000 miles and insurance ratings are Group 3 throughout the range.

Perodua Model Range At A Glance
Model VED category £4,999 delivered* 121g/km B 3
Kelisa 1.0 EXi 5-door 64.2 mpg Extra Urban £5,199 delivered* 121g/km B 3
Kelisa 1.0 GXi 5-door 64.2 mpg Extra Urban £5,699 delivered* 121gkm B 3
Kelisa 1.0 EZi auto 5-door 48.7 mpg Extra Urban £6,600 delivered** 153g/km C 3
Kenari 1.0 GXi 5-door 56.5 mpg Extra Urban £6,130 delivered* 136g/km B 3
Kenari 1.0 EZi auto 5-door 46.3 mpg Extra Urban £6,930 delivered** 165g/km C 3

* Add £125 road fund licence and first registration fee

** Add £145 road fund licence and first registration fee


Published : 22/08/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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