Top 15 Most Fuel Efficient Cars In Malaysia For Under RM100,000

Top 15 Most Fuel Efficient Cars In Malaysia For Under RM100,000

With the ringgit sliding and our economy down in the doldrums, we are all looking out for ways to save a few bucks.

For Malaysians, refuelling our cars has to be one of the most constant drains to our wallets, especially now that the price of petrol has come back up. But as many of us depend on private vehicles as a primary mode of transport, we have no choice but to get our fill.

Car manufacturers these days understand our dilemma and strive to improve their vehicles’ engines in terms of fuel consumption. So that drivers can get more mileage for less fuel. Many of today’s vehicles owe a lot of their fuel economy to their higher compression ratios.

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Here, we’ve narrowed down some of the most fuel-efficient cars in Malaysia for under RM100,000:

1) Perodua Bezza 1.0 Standard G – A/T

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Price from RM34,490.00

Monthly repayment from RM416**

Many financial experts recommend that you keep your car-related expenses (including petrol and maintenance) to under 15% of your nett salary.

Compression ratio:11.5:1
Max output:50km/6000rpm
Max torque:91Nm/4400rpm
Fuel economy***:Est. 4.7L/100km
Fuel tank capacity:36L

Why it’s awesome: Keyless entry with a push-start button and vehicle stability control and hill start assist are all available in the top 1.3 Advance variant. For a sedan, it is also flexible with a 60:40 split folding rear seats if additional space is needed, making this an economical choice for a family car.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 = RM75

2) Proton Iriz 1.3 MT

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Price from RM40,000 onwards 

Monthly repayment from RM534**

Compression ratio:10:1
Max output:70kW/5,750rpm
Max torque:120Nm/4,000rpm
Fuel economy***:Est. 5.8L/100km
Fuel tank capacity:40L

Why it’s awesome: The Proton Iriz has a NCAP rating of five stars, and comes with two airbags, ABS, hill start assist and traction control. However, Iriz lacks spaciousness, most notably in the headroom and legroom areas, but comes with bolstered seats that will help with long journeys.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM83

3) Myvi 1.3 Standard G – A/T

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Price from RM44,590

Monthly repayment from RM595**

Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Max output: 67kW/6,000rpm
Max torque: 117Nm/4,400rpm
Fuel economy***: Est. 6.2L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 40L

Why it’s awesome: It comes with dual airbags, alarm, immobiliser and Isofix mounts as standard. As a testament to its budget-friendliness, the Perodua Myvi has been the best-selling car in Malaysia for eight consecutive years!

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM83

4) Suzuki Alto 1.0 A/T GLX

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Price from RM44,888.00

Monthly repayment from RM599**

Compression ratio: 10.0
Max output: 50kW/6,000rpm
Max torque: 87Nm/4,500rpm
Fuel economy***: Est. 5.2L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 35L

Why it’s awesome: The Alto is powered by a newly developed 1.0 litre engine designed to keep running costs low. A three-cylinder configuration makes the engine light and compact, and helps keep friction low. This results in lower fuel consumption, lower emissions (making it more eco-friendly), and higher output.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM73

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5) Hyundai i10

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Price from RM48,388.00

Monthly repayment from RM542.23**

Compression ratio: 10.1:1
Max output: 50.8kW/5,500rpm
Max torque: 99Nm/4,500rpm
Fuel economy***: Est. 5.8L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 40L

Why it’s awesome: For a hatchback, the car is stylish and spacious with enough interior storage compartments. The driver information display has more than the usual trip computer such as outside temperature readout and a tyre-pressure monitor.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM83

6) Kia Picanto 1.2 A/T

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Price from RM61,888.00 

Monthly repayment from RM654.98**

Compression ratio: 10.3:1
Max output: 68kW/6,000rpm
Max torque: 119.6Nm/4,000rpm
Fuel economy***: Est. 5.61L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 35L

Why it’s awesome: The Kia Picanto is available on both manual and auto transmissions. Both variants use a 1.2 litre engine producing 86hp. It comes with features that many small cars of this segment are missing, such as hill start assist, electronic stability assist, traction control and six airbags. However, because of its size, space is a little tight, especially at the rear area.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM73

7) Mitsubishi Mirage 1.2 Sport (2014) 

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Price from RM29,800 (used) 

Monthly repayment from RM386**

Compression ratio: 10.5
Maximum output: 57kW/6,000rpm
Maximum torque: 100Nm/4,000rpm
Fuel economy***: 5.3L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 35L

Why it’s awesome: Local auto magazine Motor Trader calls it the most fuel-efficient vehicle in Malaysia and one can see why. Its 1.2 litre, 3-cylinder engine, for example, is designed for fuel efficiency and city driving, leaving you with more to spare as you navigate through your day.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM72

8) Honda Jazz 1.5 S 

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Price from RM65,000

Monthly repayment from RM843**

Compression ratio: 10.3
Maximum output: 88kW/6,600rpm
Maximum torque: 145Nm/4,600rpm
Fuel economy***: Est. 5.6L/100km
Fuel tank capacity:42L

Why it’s awesome: The Honda Jazz comes with a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with enhanced gear ratios and a G-Design Shift. It claims better fuel efficiency and better acceleration. Safety has also been improved with vehicle stability assist now as standard equipment, along with hill start assist and emergency stop signal. It doesn’t stop there – the Jazz also comes fitted with a multi-angle reverse camera, which is hooked to the Display Audio entertainment system.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM87

9) Nissan Almera 1.5E A/T

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Price from RM69,000.00

Monthly repayment from RM931**

Compression ratio: 10.1:1
Maximum output: 75kW/6,000rpm
Maximum torque: 139Nm/4,000rpm
Fuel economy***: Est. 6L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 41L

Why it’s awesome: This is a Nissan model that boasts a facelift, meaning sportier and cooler exterior and interior styling. It is also fitted with Daytime Running Lights. If you have the cash to splurge, then check out the roomy 1.5L sedan and its Nismo Performance Package.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM85

10) Honda City 1.5L S

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Price from RM73,836

Monthly repayment from RM984.92** 

Compression ratio: 10.1:1
Maximum output: 120kW/6,600rpm
Maximum torque: 145Nm/4,600rpm
Fuel economy***: Est. 7.5L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 40L

Why it’s awesome: Ample legroom is available despite being a small sedan. It is flexible, suitable for urban and highway driving. Apart from Drive mode, there is also Sport mode that gives the car a boost when it comes to speed and performance.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM83

11) Kia Rio 

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Price from RM75,381.32

Monthly repayment from RM1,005.53**

Compression ratio:10.1:1
Max output:6,300rpm
Max torque:4,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity:45L

Why it’s awesome: Both its interior and exterior look sporty and posh. Overall, it’s a stylish car with plenty of space and stability. It works well on the highway at a high speed of 120km/h. On top of that, it boasts some cool features like keyless entry, push-button start, auto lights, and more.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM93

12) Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.6 

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Price from RM79,944

Monthly repayment from RM846.07**

Compression ratio: 10.3:1
Maximum output: 77kW/5,250rpm
Maximum torque: 153Nm/3,800rpm
Fuel economy***: 6.5L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 55L

Why it’s awesome:  This car was made for fuel efficiency, bearing the tagline “Light on your wallet”. It’s designed to give you an efficient fuel consumption with a generous fuel tank.

It is also built with safety in mind. It comes equipped with four airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, as well as Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), which automatically unlocks your doors and turns on the hazard lights in the event of an accident.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM114

13) Mazda 2 Skyactiv 1.5 SDN

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Price from RM76,888

Monthly repayment from RM997**

Compression ratio: 14.0
Maximum output: 85kW/6,000rpm
Maximum torque: 148Nm/4,000rpm
Fuel economy***: Est. 5.2L/ 100km
Fuel tank capacity: 44L

Why it’s awesome: Besides being incredibly handsome, it also comes with a newly developed Skyactiv-G 1.5L engine that is designed to enhance both economy and eco-friendliness. The Skyactiv-body is also engineered to be lighter in weight and increased rigidity, hence drivers can expect better safety performance and increased fuel economy.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM91

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14) Toyota Vios 1.5G 

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Price from RM75,000

Monthly repayment from RM972**

Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Maximum output: 80kW/6,000rpm
Maximum torque: 141Nm/4,200rpm
Fuel economy***: Est. 6.3L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 42L

Why it’s awesome: The car comes with vehicle stability control (VSC) and traction control as standard on all variants. Splurge a little and you get to pick from a host of options: the DVD-AVX system with a reverse camera on the J variants, the DVD-AVN navigation system with a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen and an upgrade to the DVD-AVN system for models with DVD-AVX.

Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM87

15) Ford Fiesta SE with 1-liter EcoBoost A/T

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Price from RM92,925

Monthly repayment from RM 1,194**

Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Maximum output: 92kW/6,000rpm
Maximum torque: 170Nm/4,500rpm
Fuel economy***: 5.3L/100km
Fuel tank capacity: 43L

Why it’s awesome: It comes with the 3-cylinder award-winning 1.0L EcoBoost engine, which is the smallest yet most powerful engine in its class. It claims to serve all the power you would expect from the conventional 1.6L, but efficiently uses about 20% less fuel.

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Estimated cost for full-tank based on the current price of RON 95 : RM89

Getting the right car can help you save money in the long-term. Take your time and find one that fits your needs, and also your bank account!
You can save even more when you sign up for these cool petrol credit cards that will let you enjoy discounts and privileges when you sign up.

These petrol loyalty cards also let you leverage on your petrol consumption and add fuel to your spending power.

*RON95 is quoted at RM2.08 per litre according to fuel prices for April 2019. 

**The repayment for each car is calculated based 10% downpayment, on the lowest interest rate offered by banks and 7-year auto loan. Actual repayment rates may differ. 

***The fuel economy estimates shown are based on car manufacturers’ technical information and/or car listing websites. They may vary based on model or engine type, driver’s experience and usage. For more information, please ask your local car retailer.

*Originally published on September 21, 2015, this article has been updated to reflect current prices.

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