Can the Perodua Aruz take on the Toyota Rush?

The Aruz is 97% similar to the Rush, and made at the same factory.

Most Malaysians look at the Perodua Aruz as a great value for money seven seat crossover. A smaller group of Malaysians will want the Toyota version as the Toyota brand represents a premium image compared with Perodua.

UMW Toyota Malaysia (UMWT) expects to sell around 3,600 units a year and the Rush will be assembled under contract at Perodua’s manufacturing plant.

The previous 2015 Rush had a 1.5L engine, produced 109ps of power at 6,000 rpm and had a peak torque of 141Nm at 4,400 rpm.

Its selling price was RM98, 000 for the base manual and up to RM103, 000 for the 1.5S auto version. This means the current second generation Rush is selling for RM5, 000 lower, with more safety features added.

The Perodua Aruz shares almost every feature with the new Toyota Rush. If you are prepared to forsake the Toyota badge for something local, you will be rewarded with not only a smaller price-tag, but some Advanced Driver Assists as well.

Why are crossovers so popular?

Buyers with families love the Crossover, as it is perceived to be bigger, allows more room for kids, pets and all that comes with them.

They are also higher off the ground, giving owners an added sense of safety and security.

The Rush caters to the demographic that needs additional space.

Crossovers don’t have the “soccer mom” or “auntie” image attached to them. Avoiding this label is priceless to many female auto buyers.

Crossovers are also popular with single adults, “early-nesters” (couples without children) and “empty-nesters” (couples who have grown-up adult children).

The added space and utility are primary reasons why this demographic buys Crossovers. People with large dogs may buy a Crossover for the cargo room.

Crossovers are also the best vehicles for people with active lifestyles.

What powers the Rush?

The new Toyota Rush is powered by the latest 16-valve DOHC 1.5-litre engine which has a maximum output of 105ps at 6,000 rpm with 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.

With a proven and reliable four-speed automatic transmission with Automatic Stop-Start system, fuel consumption is better and can be as good as 15.6 kilometres per litre.

This qualifies it as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) under the current Malaysian National Automotive Policy.

The Rush continues its rear-wheel drive for better traction for uphill climbs and when carrying heavier loads.

The new Rush qualifies as an energy efficient vehicle.

Other features include Electric Power Steering (EPS) which contributes to good fuel efficiency and tyres with the largest diameter in its class.

Despite the large tyre size, the Rush still has an agile turning radius of 5.2 metres.

The seating layout is two-three-two over three rows, with easy access to the third row. The cargo capacity is 217 litres but can be expanded to 514 litres by folding the rear seats.

Additionally, for long or large objects not exceeding 50 kilograms; the edges of its roof have integrated low profile rails to place the cargo on.

In car entertainment

The new DVD-AVX audio system has a large 6.8-inch capacitive touchscreen which can link to your smartphone and “mirror” its screen on the display.

This allows GPS navigation apps to be used and viewed from the display screen.

The Rush scored a five star rating for occupant protection.

Cabin features

Other standard features include 13 cup holders, a Multi-Info Display, Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) for a 360° bird’s eye view of the vehicle, and a Digital Video Recorder (DVR).

A Toyota AutoTag is installed for electronic toll payment while the Smart Entry system locks and unlocks the doors with just a touch of the button located on the door handles.

Safety features

The combination of advanced safety systems plus computer-aided engineering and design have enabled the Rush to score the highest overall rating of five-stars from ASEAN NCAP for both adult and child occupant protection categories.

A new standard active safety feature is the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

BSM helps the driver be more aware of other road-users in the vehicle’s blind spot, reducing the risk of a collision, while the RCTA warns of approaching vehicles as you reverse out of a parking bay.

The Pre-Collision System (PCS) reduces low to medium speed accidents due to inattentive driving (only available on the Rush 1.5S).

The system has four features: Pre-collision Warning, Pre-collision Braking, Front Departure Alert, and Pedal Misoperation Control.

It is designed as a driver assistance feature but gives priority to driver input which will override its functions. The -new Rush comes with a five-year full warranty with unlimited mileage.

The Rush comes standard with many collision avoidance systems.

Price and variants

The selling price of this 2019 Toyota Rush is RM98, 000 for the S variant and RM93, 000 for the G variant.

This Rush comes in five colour choices – White, Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Blue Metallic and Dark Green Metallic.

Driving the Rush

This is a family sensible vehicle, so do not expect quick acceleration or on the edge handling. It is a vehicle that ticks all the boxes for a budget conscious owner.

The ride height is good, the seating at the middle row is higher allowing for rear passengers to get a good view out and when the third row is not in use you get good cargo room.

So, should you buy the Rush or the Aruz? Well, DSF will buy the Aruz because it is 97% similar to the Rush “apple to apple” at a much lower asking price.

The main reason you might buy the Rush is for the Toyota branding.

Toyota Rush Specifications

Engine: Inline 4, DOHC, Dual VVT-i
Capacity: 1496cc
Gearbox: 4-speed conventional automatic
Max power: 101hp @ 6000rpm
Max torque: 133Nm @ 4200rpm
Price: selling from RM93, 000

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