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It’s been a number of months now since the launch of the much anticipated Naza Bestari (rebranded Peugeot 206). One of my friends has gotten her order delivered and had been driving the car for the past few months. Naturally, I test drove the car and are ready to give a full review with some of the minor details that might not otherwise be evident when you look at the car at the showroom.

Naza Bestari, Peugeot 206 review
the Naza Bestari (Peugeot 206)

The performance:
The TU3 1.4 liter engine that is the heart of the car generates about 75 horsepower. As far as everyday driving is concern, it is pretty sufficient and have no trouble going uphill. However, due to the relatively heavy weight of european design (1025kg curb weight), this car isn’t exactly a screamer at all.

As a comparison, the Kelisa is around 760kg while producing about 55 horsepower with its 1.0 liter engine. In terms of horsepower over weight ratio, both cars are almost the same (around 0.073 hp/kg). However, the slightly cheaper Proton Waja 1.6 is 1175kg with the campro engine generates 115 horsepower, 0.098 hp/kg.

As far as fuel consumption is concerned, this car isn’t exactly a super saver’s dream. A RM70 full tank only gets you around 400 km in city driving (RM 1.92 per liter). Not terribly cheap to operate for a 1.4 liter car, but it is over one tonne in weight.

Naza Bestari, Peugeot 206 review
the nicely illuminated meter cluster

Transmission:
The 206 comes with the 4 gear automatic transmission with tiptronic. In my opinion though, tiptronic is a feature that ultimately many will never use. While in automatic mode the car performs pretty much up to expectation, however, shifting into tiptronic mode has a noticable, if not slightly annoying lag. That said, it might be that I am spoilt after testing the 2.3 liter Mazda 6.

There are, however, two other features that might be quite useful, the snow and the sports option. The snow option attempt to give the car more grips, while in Malaysia we are not going to expect any snow, it is useful during heavy down pours. Another use of this option might be during long downhill drives if you do not want to shift down to lower gears with the tiptronic.

The sports option delays gear change till higher RPM, thus letting the engine rev longer to give the car more power for overtaking maneuver. Then again, the relative lack of engine horsepower pretty much limits what you can achieve anyway.

The current gear is also shown on the meter cluster if tiptronic is used.

Naza Bestari, Peugeot 206 review
audio control, head lamp height control, tiptronic gear shift, side aircond vent

Other nice features:
There are several very nice features that comes with the Peugeot 206, some of which you can’t find in Japanese cars of similar prices.

  • engine oil indicator – when you switch on the car, the level of engine oil is displayed on the meter console. no more getting your hands dirty checking engine oil level before any long trips
  • head light height adjuster – you can adjust the height of the head light from within the car. On the contrary, to do the same with most other cars will need you to open the hood and have a screw driver.
  • steering stereo controller – while not really located on the steering wheel, the stereo controller is situated on the right of the steering wheel. Very handy for changing volume, switching radio channels and such without having to take your eyes and hand away from the steering.
  • thermometer – there is a reading of outside temperature displayed on the stereo LCD output, something nice to have though not exactly necessary. Unfortunately, in-car temperature is not available.
  • door indicator – when a particular door is opened, it is shown on the stereo display. In most other cars, there is only an indicator light without any information on which door is opened.

Built quality and the missing headrest:
It is reported that over 200 components on the Bestari are locally made in Malaysia, and not surprisingly, this is shown in the overall built quality. My friend has to send the car back to the dealer twice to fix an annoying rattling sound at the left rear of the car. The fittings in the car are less refined, if you notice the lower right picture above, the gap between the door and dashboard is big enough to fit a thumb.

Then there’s the plastic cover of the oh shit handle on the driver side that keeps opening up. That was solved using glue instead. The last annoying thing is the lack of headrests on the rear passenger seats. Instead, there were hard plastic covering the six holes where you would expect the three head rests. Worse still, there seem to be no way to purchase the headrests from Naza. It is very annoying if you are a rear seat passanger going on a long trip and constantly getting your head knocked on the hard plastic covers.

Finally, the spare tyre is mounted under the car instead of inside the rear luggage compartment like most other cars. It means that the spare tyre gets dirty easily and also makes refilling the spare a slightly trickier affair.

Overall conclusion:
Overall, the car still offers decent value for RM 68,888 including roadtax and insurance. Afterall, it is a good price to get the European feel. Especially you are those sort of person who loves the exclusivity of having something that isn’t as common as a MyVi or Waja.

More detailed information on the 206 can be found here.

I went to NAZA‘s showroom last weekend to take a look at the rebranded Peugeot 206 (as Naza 206 Bestari) as one of my friends is in the market to get a car. I checked out the interior of this ride and took a few pictures.

Naza Peugeot 206 Bestari rear shot
The four door hatch rear shot

The european hatch, as you would expect from a hatch, is not very spacious. However, it will accomodate four adults comfortably. I would say the rear seats are slightly more spacious than that of a Proton Satria, with the extra advantage of having 4 doors.

Naza Peugeot 206 Bestari interior dashboard
The 206 dashboard and center console

The dashboard and center console of the 206 is pretty stylish and yet simple. Essentials like the techometer, speedometer, fuel meter, and temperature gauge are right in front of the steering wheel, unlike some of the new designs that put it in the center (eg. Kancil’s interior.)

The built in CD player has a seperated display mounted on the top of the center console, just right above the hazard light button, this is a good configuration as the driver does not have to adjust the eye lever too much while fiddling with the radio.

The climate control is pretty simple, though you can see the heater setting on the temperature knob, Naza has already taken out the heater core, adjusting the knob to red will merely switch off the aircond compressor.

Naza Peugeot 206 Bestari interior glovebox
glove compartment

The door for the glove compartment also serves as a cup holder. It also has a place for you to place sunglasses securely. The actual glove compartment itself though isn’t very big. I would actually rather they have dedicated cup holders and not needing to keep the glove compartment opened whenever I have a can of drinks in the car.

Naza Peugeot 206 Bestari interior mirror
the make-up mirrors

Female drivers rejoice, the 206 comes with not just one, but two make-up mirrors. I think this is the only car that I have come across that has a make-up mirror on the driver side. Lets hope we don’t see any girls using this while driving.

Naza Peugeot 206 Bestari interior rear boot
the rear boot space

For a hatch, the rear boot is surprisingly large. The rear seat is collapsible to create a larger boot space. Spare tyre is mounted under the car and not accessible from the rear boot.

Naza Peugeot 206 Bestari interior rear seat
rear seats

While not very spacious, the rear seats can easily accomodate 2 average sized adults. The power window buttons are mounted in the center of the car for the rear passenger, a little counter intuitive but probably a good safety feature when you have little kids on board.

Naza Peugeot 206 Bestari interior gear shift
triptonic gearbox

The tiptronic gearbox offers ease of driving just as an automatic transmission while offering the manual override that until recently never heard of in cars of this price range. This could come very handy, for example, being able to downshift to increase braking power while going downhill from Genting, if only the engine is more powerful..

Note the cigarette lighter, power window, and side mirror adjustment controls are all mounted right below the shifter.

Naza Peugeot 206 Bestari engine bay
the 206 engine bay

The engine bay packed the 1.4 liter engine (TU3). The airscoop on the top left of the bay serves as a cool air intake for the engine, a pretty innovative touch that is both cosmetic and practical. I wonder if this configuration can still allow installation of struct bars.
The listed price is RM 68,888 on the road. A pretty good buy if you’re in the market.

My previous post on the 206.