There is a large variety of SUVs available on the Malaysian market currently, but this doesn’t reflect what we see on the road. Often, SUVs on our roads are the ‘mainstream SUVs’. So in this article, we will talk about some of the best selling SUVs in Malaysia and what makes them standout among their competitors.
Among the sea of SUVs in Malaysia, some of the more popular models include the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Proton X50, Proton X70, Perodua Ativa and Nissan X-Trail.
A practical family car with looks to match, the fifth generation CR-V is one of Malaysia’s best selling SUVs since its entry into the market in 2017 at RM140k. Good to know if you are looking to sell your Honda CR-V with us. It has to be one of the most practical SUV on sale, offering ample of cabin and storage spaces. Its 1.5 liter direct injection turbocharged VTEC engine is more powerful and efficient when compared to the previous NA engine. The CR-V’s selling points are not limited to the practically; it features a suite of safety features with Honda Sensing. In fact it is the first Honda in Malaysia to be equipped with Honda Sensing. Honda will undoubtedly strive to replicate the CR-V’s success in future models.
As with all Mazdas, the CX-5 has one of the most premium interiors among its competitors as the interior finishes and materials used feels a touch more premium. Not to mention its sleek exterior design to match its interior. Mazda is also generous in terms of the safety features, with most of the safety equipment available from the entry level 2.0 GLS variant. For those who are looking for a potent SUV, look no further than the CX-5. With the 2.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in the top variant, you’ll get 228 hp at 5,000 rpm and 420 Nm at 2,000 rpm. Mazda’s five-year or 100,000 km warranty program with free maintenance package is also one of the reason buyers choose the CX-5 as it is worth the RM160k price.
Starting at RM130k, the Nissan X-Trail is one of the few SUVs in this segment to offer a third row seating. Although the seats were more suited for kids, it gives the X-Trail an edge in terms of passenger capacity. It is also the only SUV in the bunch that comes with a hybrid powertrain. It might not be as exciting to drive and sit in, but the X-Trail shines in long distance driving comfort. If you’re looking for a fuss free family SUV, the Nissan X-Trail is your pick.
Launched after Geely’s partnership with Proton in 2018, the X-70 quickly became the talk of the town. It also broke Proton’s sales record while being the best selling SUVs in Malaysia for quite a while. A C-segment SUV with a B-Segment SUV price, GKUI infotainment system, Nappa leather seats, and a panoramic sunroof, it is surely hard to beat. The updated CKD X70 with the new 7DCT improved the car’s efficiency and power output from the CBU version. The Proton X70 is in a class of its own, the features and premium touches it offers together with the affordable price of RM95k, nothing even comes close.
The hype of the X50 arguably beats the X70. Proton used the same recipe for the X50, packing the X50 with premium features and build quality but with a price that won’t break the bank at around RM80k. It took over from its bigger brother and became the best selling SUVs soon after it was launched. The Flagship X50 comes with Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) which includes adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. The sporty looking exterior paired with the advance technology that comes with it explains why the X50 is the favorite among youngsters.
The Perodua Ativa is a shared model between Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize. But it is not as simple as a rebadged Daihatsu/Toyota, Perodua was involved in the development process from the beginning. It is the first ever Perodua to have a turbocharged engine and CVT gearbox, and together with the DNGA platform it surely is the most advanced Perodua. If you have a RM60-70k budget for a compact SUV, look no further than the Ativa.
All in all, these SUVs have different reasons for being the best selling SUVs in Malaysia. It always come down to your personal preference when it comes to picking your own SUV. Make sure you do some research and comparisons before making your purchase.