After unveiling the brand new Daihatsu Ayla in February, Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) officially launched the sister model of the Perodua Axia And Toyota Agia at this year’s Gaikindo Jakarta Auto Week (GJAW).
Five variants are available, starting with the base MT 1.0 M priced at 134 million rupees (RM39,153). This is followed by the 1.0 X MT at IDR 146.9 million (RM 42,922), the 1.0 X CVT at IDR 166.9 million (RM 48,775), the 1.2 R MT at IDR 164 million (RM 47 928 RM) and the 1.2 R CVT at IDR 184 million (RM 53,773).
ADM is also offering an Astra Daihatsu Styling (ADS) package priced at IDR 5.9 million (RM1,724) for all variants except the 1.0 M MT. In standard form, the Ayla features a grille similar in design to our Axia, but the front bumper is a bit different as it has faux vertical inlets at the corners – ours have black trim .
With the ADS pack, the grille is revised to feature a textured panel and a sportier bumper is fitted, the latter sporting a T-shaped trim that incorporates LED running lights. The lower apron also features a black lip accompanied by an ADS decal, which is also found on the sides. Other items that come with the ADS package are the sticker strips and taillight trim.
In terms of powertrains, the 1.0 M and 1.0 X variants come with a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre 1KR-VE three-cylinder petrol engine. The DOHC mill with VVT-i is rated at 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 89 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm, with drive going to the front wheels via a five-speed manual or CVT.
Meanwhile, the 1.2 R cars get a naturally aspirated 1.2-liter WA-VE three-cylinder gasoline engine with DOHC as well as Dual VVT-i. This powertrain replaces the old 3NR-VE and develops 88hp at 6000rpm and 113Nm at 4500rpm – transmission options are identical to the smaller capacity engine.
Equipment-wise, the 1.0 M MT gets 13-inch steel wheels (with 155/80 tires), cloth seats, a single-DIN head unit with dual speakers, a rear hatch release latch and two front airbags. Moving to the 1.0 X, the kit list expands to include 14-inch alloy wheels in a bronze finish (with 175/65 tyres), power door mirrors, rear wiper, instrument display multi-info, a rear cup holder, a double DIN central unit with four speakers and an alarm system.
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), ABS, EBD and Hill Start Assist (HSA) are also included, but only for the CVT version of the 1.0 X. LED, rear spoiler and high mount brake light are added, along with keyless entry and engine start, a digital panel for the manual climate control system, steering tilt adjustment and dimmers. a seven-inch touchscreen main unit.
Safety-wise, ABS and EBD are standard for the 1.2 R, but VSC and HAS remain a CVT-only offering. It’s worth noting that the ADS package affects the kit list: the 1.2 R gains a rear-view camera and the 1.0 X gets a double-DIN head unit with CD reception if they’re optional with said package.
Compared to our Axia, the Ayla lacks things like a memory function for the climate control system, a digital instrument cluster and a larger nine-inch touchscreen, all of which are available with the premium AV. Safety is more important, as our Axia comes with VSC, ABS, EBD and HSA from the base variant.
The Ayla also lacks six airbags, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and prevention, cross traffic alert rear, which is standard for the AV here. One thing the Ayla gets that the Axia doesn’t is the choice of a 1.2-litre engine – we only get the 1KR-VE.
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