1999 Perodua Kembara GX 1.3 from Singapore


A reliable and value for money car


Not much problem except for the back seat harness & the brakes.

General Comments:

Surprised with its handling - confident with most road conditions & curves.

A good 4x4 car to start with - comfort, space & economy for 2 passenger. Gets you to most places except for serious offroad locations.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th March, 2001

1999 Perodua Kembara EZ 1.3 EFi petrol from Malaysia


Hate Proton since the Kembara arrived


Absolutely nothing wrong with it! One & half years old, trouble free motoring ever since. It has covered 65,000km with one battery replaced, and now it needs new 4 tyres & the idling speed reset.

General Comments:

When it was launched in 1998, there were comments like: underpowered 1300cc engine, looks like it will roll over any time & high fuel consumption. Of course these comments are from people who have never driven a 4X4 before. I have driven many 4X4's before but nothing comes close to the Kembara in its price/size segment!

A permanent 4X4 with lots of traction, high stability and safety. It sticks to the road like glue and has a high cornering limit although body roll can scare oncoming traffic! Good steering feedback (informs you when exceed its capability).

It can do 145km/h but the speed will drop at a fast rate on a hill pass (YES! It's underpowered). Drive on back roads to feel the power and exploit its ability (and enjoy it too!).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2000