35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 1 - Perodua Kelisa

 

The most practical car in the class is also unfortunately the most dated, cramped, under-powered, clunky, ugly, cheaply-built, and generally unsatisfactory vehicle around. The Perodua Kelisa dates back to the day when Peroduas were the Asian equivalent of Trabants, and doesn't have any of the modern features or design of its Myvi sister. Still, for the price of some of the cars in this class you could have two Kelisas in your garage, so as long as you know that you get what you pay for, you are obtaining extremely economical transportation that is... (gulp)... good value for your money.

 

The Perodua Kelisa Hatchback 1.0 EX 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $7,556.41, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 989 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 88 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 14.8 seconds. The performance factor of 11.2 is average for its class. The Perodua Kelisa Hatchback 1.0 EX 5 Door returns 64.2 MPG in highway driving, 44.1 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 55.4. With a fuel tank capacity of 8.8 gallons, the car can travel 565 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 681 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Perodua Kelisa Hatchback 1.0 EX 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 99, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.

 

Perodua Kelisa Hatchback 1.0 EX 5 Door •

ACTUAL AVERAGE EUROPEAN PRICE • $8,904.05

MANUFACTURER'S EUROPEAN PRICE • $15,073.80

ESTIMATED NORTH AMERICAN PRICE • $7,556.41

SPECIFICATIONS & OUTPUT •

Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 989 / 3

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 54 / 5200

Torque (lb / ft) • 65

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3490

Overall Width (mm) • 1490

Overall Height (mm) • 1420

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 155

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 428

Turning Radius (m) • 8.6

Curb Weight (kg) • 760

PERFORMANCE •

0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 14.8

Top speed (MPH) • 88

EQUIPMENT AVAILABILITY & PRICING •

EXTERIOR •

Alloy Rims / Wheels • $316.00

Metallic Exterior Paint • $200.00

SECURITY & SAFETY FEATURES •

Central Locking System • Option Not Available

Remote Locking System • Option Not Available

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Option Not Available

Automatic Traction Control • Option Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Option Not Available

Deadlock • Option Not Available

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • Option Not Available

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Locking Wheel Lugs • Option Not Available

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

CONVENIENCE & COMFORT FEATURES •

Leather Surface Seats • Option Not Available

Climatic Control • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Reach • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Height • Option Not Available

Adjustable Seat Height • Option Not Available

Adjustable Power Seats • Option Not Available

Air Conditioning • Option Not Available

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Option Not Available

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Option Not Available

Power Moonroof • $399.00

Manual Moonroof • $335.00

Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available

SOUND, NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS •

Hands Free Cell Phone • Option Not Available

Satellite GPS Navigation • Option Not Available

Radio • $399.00

Theft Proof Radio • Option Not Available

Multi CD • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available

OPERATING COSTS •

City MPG • 44.1

Highway MPG • 64.2

Combined MPG • 55.4

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 8.8

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 121

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $18.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 3

Estimated Average Insurance • $304.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 26.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $180.00

Maintenance Factor • 0

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $0.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 2 Year / 15,000 mi

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Comments 3 comments

Lori Catz 6 years ago

I'm confused. Did you just say the Hummer H# was the best and most practical car available? That's got to be a joke!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

"the Perodua Kelisa Hatchback 1.0 EX 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 99, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3"

Please read that again. :)


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