Obviously we need a MPV!!!
2000cc Petrol – NA
RM 150k plus (estimate)
1600cc Petrol – NA or Turbocharged (not sure if the diesel variant will be available here)
Handsome mpv inside-out (no doubt). Different category from my preferred choice, the Pug is mid-size mpv which mean quite small (same category as Wish/Stream). Nevertheless it’s still capable to transport my young family for another 5 years (I hope).
Love the heads-up display system!! AFAIK it's the only mpv with this feature. Cool huh? :)
3) Hyundai Grand Starex Royale
2500cc Diesel – Turbocharged
The cheapest ‘huge’ people carrier offered in Boleh-land before SsangYong go berserk. Decent exterior & interior design, nothing outstanding but still pleasant to the eyes. A down to earth competitor to Alphard/Elgrand. The turbodiesel powerplant produce almost 400Nm of torque from as low as 2000RPM to keep the 2.2 tonne moving with full load, so we can push aside the ‘underpower’ doubt.
Value for money but since Malaysian diesel is crap so I’m not quite sure I’m ready to take risk into choosing a diesel engine anytime sooner. I don't want to be force replacing my diesel injectors prematurely. Lagipun roadtax kereta diesel lebih mahal berbanding petrol (& why we still need roadtax for? anybody??)
RM 112k plus
2700cc Diesel - Turbocharged
5)Proton Exora (Turbo)
The ugliest mpv in my list (or perhaps ugliest manmade mpv ever!). But don’t get fooled, interior trim quite good with decent design & lot of goodies. That matter most coz you spend most of the time inside, not outside, duh… Insanely cheap (for a large mpv)!!! They still come with captain seat and leather seats with that price. Superior than the Starex in interior design (Starex too plain to my liking). Engine is capable enough to ‘pull’ this 2.7 tonne monster. The turn down was it diesel powerplant (refer Starex) & the fact that Ssyangyong already bankrupt & being bought by Mahindra (oh Noooo!!!!).
Less than RM 100k (estimate)
1600cc Petrol - Turbocharged
IMO, current Exora are quite well-equipped. It’s cheap, offered good space (for a mid-size mpv), quite pleasant design but come with an underpowered engine. There’s doubt that 150Nm of torque is sufficient to move that 1.4 tonne ‘anak gajah’ with full load. A solution is to supply at least a bigger capacity NA engine (preferably 2000cc) or slap in a turbocharger. That would help into supplying higher peak torque at a much lower RPM and will come very handy when overtaking other cars. News said Proton will launch a turbo version sometime soon (early 2011). I don't think that it'll come with too much exterior/interior changes compare to current Exora. Anyway, it’s a good choice if you want to save money. It’s cheap, exterior design not bad, good interior space (in it class), lotsa goodies & thank GOD it now come with suitable engine. The only turn down is IT’S A PROTON.
RM 200k -300k (depend on year made)
2400cc or 3500cc Petrol - NA
p/s: Mi, takde contest menang kereta ke? Wahahahaha