Here you will find the list of cars we are featuring in Season 1 of Driven. Information such as pricing and the rationale behind the scores of each vehicle can be found here. Scores are given after considering various aspects such as value, comfort and performance and scores are specific for each vehicle segment.

 

FORD MONDEO

Featured on: Episode 1
Price & Segment: RM178,888, D Segment – Mid-Sized Sedan
Engine: 2.3 liter petrol with 159hp and 208Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 8/10
What we think: This D Segment contender scores well in the design department and the feel of the interior is commendable. It also does well in terms of comfort and handling while power from the engine could be better.

 

BMW 730Ld

Featured on: Episode 1
Price & Segment: RM698,800, F Segment – Limousine
Engine: 3.0 liter diesel with 245hp and 540Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 7/10
What we think: The power and efficiency of the diesel engine makes this 730Ld a highly-recommended luxury sedan. While offering high levels of comfort it betters the previous model in terms of design and offers good driveability as well. However with an expensive price tag this 7 gets a 7.

 

TOYOTA PRIUS

Featured on: Episode 2
Price & Segment: RM175,000, Hybrid
Engine: Hybrid with 134hp (combined) and 142Nm of torque (engine)
Driven Gauge Score: 7/10
What we think: The Prius does its job well in offering efficient mobility with reasonable comfort. Handling is also above average. Being a major full hybrid contender in Malaysia it is a good solution for the ‘green’ motoring movement. However it still carries an uncertainty of long-term ownership due to the hybrid system and it could do better with a cheaper price tag.

 

MERCEDES-BENZ E300

Featured on: Episode 2
Price & Segment: RM455,888, D Segment – Premium Mid-Sized Sedan
Engine: 3.0 liter V6 petrol with 231hp and 300Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 7/10
What we think: The new E-Class has a lot to live up to as the previous W211 has set high standards in the premium mid-sized sedan segment. With controversial looks the new E betters the W211 but it could have featured more comfortable seats. It still does well in the driving department and has a good load of safety features. The 3.0 V6 could use a little more grunt which is why the snappier E200 looks like a more attractive deal.

 

PROTON EXORA H-LINE

Featured on: Episode 3
Price & Segment: RM75,998, C Segment – Mid-Sized MPV
Engine: 1.6 liter petrol with 125hp and 150Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 8/10
What we think: A highly recommended mid-sized MPV with a very attractive price point. The Exora is a good solution for larger families although the CPS engine has to work harder to move the people carrier around. Handling along with overall comfort is commendable for an MPV.

 

PERODUA ALZA PREMIUM EZI

Featured on: Episode 3
Price & Segment: RM58,990, B Segment – Compact MPV
Engine: 1.5 liter petrol with 103hp and 136Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 8/10
What we think: A perfect solution for smaller-sized families and just like the Exora the Alza carries a very attractive price tag. It performs reasonably well in areas such as handling, engine performance and ride comfort. Its a compact MPV hence it is no surprise that the last row offers little leg room.

 

KIA FORTE 1.6 SX

Featured on: Episode 4
Price & Segment: RM75,800, C Segment – Compact Sedan
Engine: 1.6 liter petrol with 124hp and 157Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 7/10
What we think: The Forte scores well in the looks department with an equally good-looking interior. It also has attractive goodies thrown in such as ESP and features an above-average ride quality and handling characteristics and a not-so-bad engine performance, all in a well priced package.

 

BMW 320d

Featured on: Episode 4
Price & Segment: RM255,800, C Segment – Premium Compact Sedan
Engine: 2.0 liter diesel with 177hp and 350Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 7/10
What we think: The BMW 320d is just another example that diesel is the way to go. The performance of the 2.0 liter turbodiesel outshines the petrol equivalent in the 320i. The 3 Series is a strong contender in the premium compact sedan segment with a good blend of attractive looks and comfort. However the 320d which comes standard with an M-Sport suspension offers a rather stiff ride for everyday driving.

 

Volkswagen Passat CC 2.0 TSI

Featured on: Episode 5
Price & Segment: RM245,060, D Segment – Premium Mid-Sized Sedan
Engine: 2.0 liter petrol with 197hp and 280Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 7/10
What we think: The Volkswagen Passat CC is a sweet-looking 4-door coupe with a very neat interior that is pleasing to the eye. The 2.0 liter turbocharged engine is punchy and now the CC has Volkswagen’s dual-clutch transmission which is good news. It is a little pricey and it can get a little tricky getting inside and out of the rear cabin. The rear visibility is poor as well but that is compensated with a must-have rear view camera. Like most Volkswagen’s the Passat CC also features good driveability although not as sharp as a Golf GTI. Definitely a car with bags of presence.

 

Alfa Romeo 159 2.2

Featured on: Episode 5
Price & Segment: RM195,888, C Segment – Premium Compact Sedan
Engine: 2.2 liter petrol with 185hp and 230Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 7/10
What we think: When it comes to design the Alfa Romeo 159 excels very well. Its sheer good looks is also complemented by a stylish interior that is also a comfortable place to be in. The 2.2 liter engine has good response and sounds nice for a 4-cylinder. It does well in the corners as well. However the model available here is offered standard with Alfa’s Selespeed automated manual transmission which is rather jerky and we hope to see a conventional automatic soon!

 

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GS

Featured on: Episode 6
Price & Segment: RM162,980, D Segment – SUV
Engine: 2.5 liter diesel with 134hp and 314Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 6/10
What we think: The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is based on the Triton pickup truck and although its suspension has been retuned to offer a more subtle ride, it still inherits a stiff ride quality. Although power is adequate with reasonable fuel savings due to the diesel engine the Pajero Sport’s handling could have been better as well. Although offering generous space the interior could use a more premium feel. Considering everything the Pajero Sport gets a 6.

 

Ford Fiesta

Featured on: Episode 6
Price & Segment: RM75,000 onwards (preliminary), B Segment – Premium Sub-Compact Hatch
Driven Gauge Score: 9/10
What we think: The Ford Fiesta gives Malaysian buyers a fresh new option in the B Segment vehicle class. It inherits Ford’s commendable balance of comfort and good handling and power delivery is smooth. The Fiesta also scores well in the exterior design department while the interior has been tastefully designed with a soft-touch dashboard. However the rear cabin could use more leg room. It also comes with ESP for the range-topping model along with a dual-clutch transmission. With its preliminary pricing figured between RM75,000 and RM85,000 the Fiesta is a bargain and gets a very strong 9.

 

Porsche Panamera S

Featured on: Episode 7
Price & Segment: RM998,000, 4-Door Premium Sportscar
Engine: 4.8 liter petrol V8 with 400hp and 500Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 8/10
What we think: Being Porsche’s first 4-door coupe the Panamera still carries the brand’s sporty pedigree and although its a larger vehicle compared to the 911 that we are used to, the Panamera still offers a nimble driving experience. The engine which is paired with the PDK transmission works like a charm. The interior was well designed however larger sized individuals may find the rear cabin a little small.

Apart from that and a rather controversial rear end the Panamera does its job well as a premium 4-door high performance coupe hence it deserves a strong 8 on our Driven Gauge.

 

Volvo XC60 LE

Featured on: Episode 8
Price & Segment: RM330,000, C Segment – Premium SUV
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged petrol with 285hp and 400Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 6/10
What we think: The Volvo XC60 just like its current siblings is set to help the Swedish brand appeal to a younger crowd. The SUV is definitely a looker with its aggressive yet stylist stance. The design of the interior is also commendable and the same can be said about its engine performance.

However its handling could have been much better as it lacks confidence around corners and doesn’t feel planted during high speed travel. Although featuring an extensive range of safety features, some of them could have been more effective. Considering everything the Volvo XC60 gets a 6 on our Driven Gauge.

 

BMW 5-Series (535i, F10)

Featured on: Episode 8
Price & Segment: RM598,800, D Segment – Premium Mid-Sized Sedan
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged petrol with 306hp and 400Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 8/10
What we think: The all new BMW 5-Series is definitely a winner in our books. Unfortunately the price tag of the 535i is a little too high, making it unrivaled. Codenamed the F10 it betters the previous E60 5-Series almost in every aspect. The exterior design is stylish and aggressive at the same time while the interior is definitely classy and offers very good comfort.

Like most BMWs the F10 inherits a good balance between comfortable ride quality and spot-on handling. It also takes technology features to another level with things like an electric power steering and Integral Active Steering.

 

Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TSI

Featured on: Episode 9
Price & Segment: RM243,888, C Segment – Premium Hatch
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged petrol with 197hp and 280Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 7/10
What we think: The Scirocco is a fresh addition to Volkswagen’s vehicle line-up in Malaysia. With its mean demeanor the Scirocco also packs a punch with its turbocharged 2.0 liter engine. It has very good driving dynamics but it still stays in the shadows of the more refined Golf GTI.

It has adaptive damping which offers three modes but all of them tend to offer a stiff ride. The Scirocco could also use better rear visibility while the centre dash could have received more attention.

 

Ford Focus TDCi

Featured on: Episode 9
Price & Segment: RM128,888, C Segment – Hatchback
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel with 134hp and 320Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 8/10
What we think: The Ford Focus has been getting positive reviews worldwide with its well-balanced drivability. It performs really well as a package. This diesel unit offers better fuel efficiency while maintaining commendable performance. It is also a nice place to spend some time in but it could use a little more leg room in the rear cabin.

Overall, with its diesel engine the Ford Focus still performs very well as a package. Definitely a strong C Segment contender.

 

Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0GT

Featured on: Episode 10
Price & Segment: RM123,980, C Segment – Compact Sedan
Engine: 2.0 liter petrol with 153hp and 199Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 6/10
What we think: The new Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0GT is worthy of carrying the successful Lancer nameplate as a package. It is a good looking compact sedan and now its looks more aggressive following a recent facelift. The interior is practical and features decent design but it could use a more premium feel.

Engine performance is decent as well but the Continuously Variable Transmission takes away the performance feel in regards to its driving experience. The Lancer handles well enough but ride comfort is a little on the stiff side of things.

 

Nissan GT-R R35

Featured on: Episode 11
Price & Segment: RM600,000+, Sportscar
Engine: 3.8 liter turbo petrol with 473hp and 588Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 8/10
What we think: The Nissan GT-R R35 is definitely a step up in many ways compared to the model it replaces. It looks more menacing, offers a better drive and just like its predecessor, further modifications can be performed to get more power out of this beast.

Technology wise the GT-R R35 is miles ahead as well with things such as adaptive damping and a dual-clutch transmission. With Porsche and Ferrari-rivaling performance figures the GT-R R35 is a much cheaper option. If there is anything to complain about the ‘Godzilla’, it would definitely be its interior feel. It could have been more premium.

 

BMW X1 xDrive20d

Featured on: Episode 11
Price & Segment: RM299,800, B Segment – Sub Compact SUV
Engine: 2.0 liter turbo diesel with 177hp and 350Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 6/10
What we think: The BMW X1 fulfills the need for a premium sub-compact SUV very well. Its looks good and drives well too. BMW has managed to keep sedan-like driving characteristics in this SUV. The diesel powerplant, as mentioned before with the BMW 320d review, is top-notch with good fuel economy and commendable performance.

Interior space is adequate as well however the interior especially the plastic bits does make you feel like you have got yourself a cheaper BMW. Unfortunately this is not justified by its rather expensive price tag.

 

Proton Persona Elegance

Featured on: Episode 12
Price & Segment: RM59,499, C Segment – Compact Sedan
Engine: 1.6 liter petrol with 110hp and 148Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 8/10
What we think: The Proton Persona Elegance is overall a step-up compared to the pre-facelift Persona. It looks better and those LED taillights play a big part in this. The high-density lights also do their part in giving the Persona Elegance a more premium look.

The ride quality and handling aspects of the car are commendable while the interior offers adequate space. The interior specifically the dashboard also has a nice design and practically is improved with USB connectivity. The only let down is the performance of the engine, especially it’s throttle response which doesn’t feel as responsive as it should.

 

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Featured on: Episode 12
Price & Segment: RM209,888, C Segment – Premium Compact Hatch
Engine: 2.0 liter turbo petrol with 208hp and 280Nm of torque
Driven Gauge Score: 9/10
What we think: The Mk6 version of the Volkswagen Golf GTI truly betters the Mk5 GTI it replaces which in essence is already a very good vehicle to begin with. The new model is definitely worthy of carrying the GTI nameplate.

The GTI has a very good balance between good ride comfort and crisp handling. It does not rely on its adaptive dampers to do the job. It feels balance even in comfort mode. Power delivery is commendable as well and the DSG transmission works like a charm. Overall, a well balanced vehicle. It definitely deserves the praises it has been receiving.