|· A highly efficient 5-door super mini
· Choice of manual or automatic transmission
· Extremely inexpensive from £4999 delivered*
· Continues Perodua’s reputation for exceptional value
· Lowest running and ownership costs
· High standard specification includes driver & passenger airbags
· Power steering
· Side impact protection
· Seat belt pre-tensioners
· Rear door child safety locks
· Advanced engine immobiliser
The Perodua Kelisa is Britain ’s least expensive new car to own and run and one
of the most sophisticated super minis to enter the market. On sale in the UK
through Perodua’s 60-strong dealer network Kelisa picks up where the Perodua
Nippa left off in providing unparalleled, affordable, entry level motoring.
Whereas Nippa was conceived for the 1990’s Kelisa is built for today and boasts
the latest technology and safety equipment. This includes driver and passenger
airbags, side impact protection, seat belt pre-tensioners and an equally high
overall specification that includes power assisted steering as standard.
Kelisa is a fun-inspired new 5-door super mini costing from £4,999 delivered*.
Economy figures of 64.2mpg over the Extra Urban cycle and service intervals set
at 10,000 miles ensure Kelisa remains cheap to run, while the environmentally
friendly 1.0 litre engine also takes advantage of a low level of VED.
The Kelisa line-up includes three models based upon a single, compact five-door
body shell. The Kelisa EX provides a high level of sophistication and equipment
in an entry level model and includes all the safety features of the more
expensive GXi and automatic EZi models. This includes driver and passenger
airbags, side impact protection, seat belt pre-tensioners and rear door child
locks in a vehicle which costs just £4,999 delivered*. An engine immobiliser is
fitted across the range along with power assisted steering and a rear wash/wipe.
Moving up the range, Kelisa GXi versions (£5,699 delivered*) include
electrically operated windows, central door locking, metallic paintwork, cup
holders and a host of other changes including two tone seat fabric with netting
over the base and backrest, to help dissipate heat in warm weather. Automatic
EZi models (£6,600 delivered**) share the same trim and equipment levels as the
GXi but drive is transferred through a three speed, fully automatic transmission
with gear selection illuminated in the instrument binnacle. Externally both
models feature colour-matched bumpers and trim, plus a choice of metallic paint
finishes at no extra cost.
From August 2003, there have been two new additions to the Kelisa model line-up.
Firstly, the Kelisa EX entry level model is now available in the stunning colour
of Hibiscus red. Secondly, the Kelisa EZi automatic is available in limited
numbers as a special edition. This has an exciting paint finish of Mystic red or
Sunburst yellow with an Ebony black roof. These striking new colours complement
the Kelisa’s cute exterior and retro styling, making the EZi automatic special
edition the car to be seen in.
Occupant safety was a major consideration in the design of Kelisa and the body
shell features a rigid passenger cell with deformable sections at the front and
rear. In the event of a frontal collision the engine and transmission are
designed to deflect downwards away from the passenger cell. Additional safety is
provided by standard driver and passenger airbags, side impact protection beams
built in to the doors and seat-belt pre-tensioners to reduce whiplash.
With an overall length and width of 3480mm x 1490mm respectively the Kelisa is
more compact and narrower than a Ford Ka making it even more manoeuvrable for
city driving. It also boasts two extra doors to improve rear passenger access,
yet the turning circle is just 4.6 metres and Kelisa slots in to tight parking
spaces with ease. The Kelisa’s high roofline provides outstanding headroom and
visibility, while efficient space utilisation throughout the interior means
Kelisa is capable of swallowing a deceptively large cargo. Load volumes range
from 155 litres VDA with the rear seats in place to 426 litres VDA with the
On the outside, the clean contemporary styling is followed through with flush
fitting door handles, teardrop headlights and a contoured retro-style chromium
grille. The relatively long wheelbase for the size of car provides more interior
space while the short front/rear overhang aids parking.
clean and efficient new multi-valve engine
A latest generation 989cc double overhead camshaft engine with four valves per
cylinder and variable valve timing powers Kelisa through a standard five-speed
gearbox or the three-speed automatic equipped EZi. Like previous Perodua power
units the latest EJ-VE 3-cylinder unit achieves high combustion efficiency which
in this case is thanks to a pent-roof head, centre spark plug and vertical,
straight intake ports. The result is a remarkably clean engine with a CO2 rating
of just 121g/km and outstanding fuel consumption of 64.2mpg for the manual
version over the Extra Urban cycle. Rated at 55bhp in a vehicle tipping the
scales at just 760kg, (115kg less than the Ford Ka) engine performance is lively
(0-60mph in 14.8 seconds) and especially so when accelerating from lower speeds.
At the other extreme, Kelisa happily cruises at the maximum motorway speed with
power to spare. The top speed of 88mph is achieved in fourth gear with fifth
providing improved economy and lower revs for cruising on the motorway.
The interior of the Kelisa has a high quality feel. Adding driver appeal is a
light action clutch, throttle and gear change matched to an equally easy
power-assisted steering system. Instrumentation comprises three large circular
instruments which convey speed, engine revs and temperature/fuel status. To the
left of these are the rotary dials for heat and direction and below these a
centre console for the optional in-car entertainment system. Stowage space for
CDs and cup holders on GXi/EZi models is also provided. The lights and wash/wipe
functions are handled by column stalks positioned either side of the
sports-style steering wheel. While all models benefit from cloth covered seats,
GXi and EZi models benefit from two-tone airtex cloth upholstery with a net-type
fabric over the base and backrest which allows heat to dissipate, reducing
perspiration in warm weather.
A drop down glove box, door pockets and (on GXi and EZi models) coin holders in
the driver’s door provide thoughtful stowage solutions. Serious luggage space is
155 litres VDA with the rear bench seat in place rising to 426 litres VDA with
Chassis and handling
Ride and handling are controlled by MacPherson front struts and a semi-trailing
arm arrangement with three-link beam axle at the rear. The rear springs and
dampers are placed below the load floor to minimise intrusion and maximise
interior load space. The power-assisted rack and pinion steering boasts a tight
steering lock and a turning circle of just 4.6 metres. Braking performance is
provided by a servo-assisted solid front disc/rear drum system.
Perodua Kelisa owners can further personalise their vehicles with the range of
accessories available from their local Perodua dealership. Perodua approved
accessories have been designed and tested to provide durable, trouble free use.
· Tilting and sliding manual sunroof
· Tilting and sliding electrically operated sunroof
· Sepang silver alloy wheels
· Raceline white alloy wheels
· Protective corner mouldings
· Protective side mouldings
· Front clear wind deflectors
· Rear clear wind deflectors
· Sports exhaust tail pipe trim
Low running costs
Perodua has already established its credentials where low running costs are
concerned. The Perodua Kelisa is the lowest costing new 5-door car in the UK and
the cheapest to run over 3 years/60,000 miles according to CAP independent
research. This takes into account purchase price, running costs and depreciation
and works out at an impressive 13.7 pence per mile.
In addition to this Perodua’s impressive warranty package includes comprehensive
cover for two-years/24,000 miles, one year’s roadside recovery membership and a
6-year anti-perforation guarantee. Kelisa’s low purchase price coupled to 10,000
miles service intervals, a low level of VED, a group 3A insurance rating and
outstanding fuel economy make it a serious contender for long term value.
Kelisa is the perfect super mini for today’s changing motoring needs. It is
extremely economical and versatile, easy to drive and packed with the latest
technology and safety considerations. Perodua is currently expanding its
65-strong dealer network in order to provide more widespread UK coverage.
*plus £143 road fund licence and first registration fee
**plus £163 road fund licence and first registration fee