Mention the name Daihatsu Sirion, and many will think of the original Perodua Myvi (2005-2011), but the same name is also used in Indonesia. Say hello to the Indonesian Daihatsu Myvi. Wait, what?
The Indonesian market Daihatsu Sirion in fact is the Perodua Myvi that we get here. Perodua manufactures the Daihatsu Sirion for the Indonesian market, with some changes. Let’s take a closer look at the said changes.
From the exterior, the Indonesian Daihatsu Sirion looks identical to our Perodua Myvi 1.5 SE / Advance models. The only discerning difference is the badges. The Daihatsu Sirion has a VVT-i emblem at the rear of the car, filling up the empty space that our local Perodua Myvi has. Sharp eyed readers would notice a small difference with our local Perodua Myvi, but more on that later.
The rest of the exterior remains the same as our Perodua Myvi, which includes the same projector headlights with LED guide lights, front parking sensors and clear LED tail lights.
Moving onto the interior, the Indonesian specced Daihatsu Sirion remains largely identical to our own Perodua Myvi, with the exception of the head-unit. The Indonesian model gets a non-touchscreen unit, but still retains the CD, MP3, radio, USB, AUX and Bluetooth functionality. The rest of the interior including the steering mounted audio controls, steering wheel and aircon controls remain the same.
Under the hood lies the 1.3-litre K3-VE engine that powers the Perodua Myvi 1.3 models. The engine can be mated to either an automatic or manual transmission. As mentioned earlier, the biggest difference is that the Indonesian Daihatsu Sirion does not offer ABS, EBD and Brake Assist, only relying on the twin SRS airbags and collapsible steering column for safety. Prices for the Daihatsu Sirion starts at IDR 155,825,000 (RM43,851) for the 1.3 manual, going all the way up to IDR 176,825,000 (RM49,785) for the Deluxe 1.3 automatic.
What do you think of the Indonesian Daihatsu Sirion? Is our local Perodua Myvi a better bet?