The Toyota Agya GR Sport is the Perodua Axia we've always wanted

By daryl, 09 August 2021

2022 Toyota Agya GR Sport now on sale in Indonesia from RM45k

The Perodua Axia is a car people from other Asean nations such as Indonesia and the Philippines can associate with because they have access to something similar, albeit with different names. There's the Daihatsu Ayla and the Toyota-badged version, the Agya. But this is no ordinary Toyota Agya. This one packs the very same badging you'll find on the 260PS Toyota GR Yaris. 

Toyota markets GR Sport as the most premium trim line for the cars it sells in Indonesia. While Malaysia only gets the Vios GR-S, there are GR Sport variants of the Raize, Yaris, Rush and even Fortuner offered in the island nation. But the Toyota Agya GR Sport is obviously the cheapest, though not necessarily the least desirable. 

Sure, most of the Gazoo Racing bits - racy stickers, 14-inch wheels and unique front end featuring a Garuda-esque logo - are merely cosmetic. But we're not complaining given it only starts from IDR154,545,000, which translates to about RM45k; a couple grand more than the range-topping Axia AV here in Malaysia. 

And here's the best part. the Agya runs a perkier 1.2-litre four-pot engine that makes 88PS and 108Nm of torque, 20PS and 17Nm more than our Axia's 1.0-litre three banger, which is substantial in a car this small. And the GR Sport can be had with a five-speed manual gearbox - a four-speed automatic commands a RM5k premium. 

So, what do you think Malaysians? Reckon a sport-ified version of the Axia will be a better commercial success than the crossover-ish Axia Style