The most affordable new car in Malaysia, the Perodua Axia, has been refreshed for 2019. And the biggest talking point about its midlife update is a new variant called the Axia Style, which is essentially Perodua's rugged take of its most compact hatch designed in the same vein as the old Volkswagen Cross Polo and Kia Picanto X-Line.
The Axia Style was born out of buying trends that have shifted heavily towards SUVs and crossovers of late. Perodua's in-house surveys indicate that most SUV buyers are more influenced by the style rather than off-road capabilities of these vehicles, hence the concept of the Axia Style, which opens up this option to a wider set of Malaysians operating on substantially smaller budgets.
Axia Style sits comfortably in the middle of the Axia's budget-friendly, six-variant catalogue. So don't go expecting a jacked-up suspension or all-wheel drive. All the car gets for contrast against its stablemates are beefier bumpers with black cladding running down the sides, matching roof mouldings and variant-specific 15-inch alloys - the biggest wheel options in the Axia range to date.