I think you can't expect good performance from a 7 seater, unless you go for a VW Touran or something like that, but then you pay a lot more (the entry level diesel never felt underpowered, even when fully loaded (though there are much more powerful engines available), but yeah, different price range).
The Kangoo is also woefully underpowered (the 4 speed auto certainly doesn't help), but the question is if you need the performance. It's always enough to get along nicely in traffic and to keep up with others, you just might have to punish the engine. Funny thing is how the ride actually seems to improve the more you put into the car.
But would you even want to speed in an Avanza?
Trouble with the Avanza (to me) really is the price. It was meant to be a cheap people mover (not a safe people mover), so it should be cheap. But it isn't in Malaysia, so why even consider it? All your money is going towards the government, and not towards the production of the car (the body panels look like they were meant to be cheap to produce, at least the facelift looks a bit more expensive to make).
What irks me about both cars is that there is no proper center seat. No 3 point seat belt, no headrest (wtf?), and it doesn't look comfortable to sit in the center. A certain car the TS doesn't consider has that, so if you want to move around 5 then you can fully make use of the boot. Alza and Avanza to me are 4 seaters/6 seaters.
I'm curious how the Kangoo will perform on a road trip from one end of Malaysia to the other, I expect to burn a lot of fuel
And no, I'm not trying to convince you, I'm not going to sell our car (only from my cold, dead hands), so I couldn't care less. Just gave another option that many overlook (the design seems to grow on people, btw. I actually like the looks now. I'm probably very weird...
), and I'm curious why anyone in Malaysia would ever want to buy the Avanza (in Indonesia I can understand it).This post has been edited by kadajawi: Dec 8 2011, 10:30 PM