Drive – Proton Gen2 Used Car Review

23 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Proton Gen2 Used Car Review
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David Morley

Proton a in wolf’s clothing

Malaysian Proton has really had its ups and down in From hilariously overpriced like the Waja to the quite Satria GTi, Proton’s here have been as as the cars it sells.

You only to look at the brand-new Savvy to the marque is developing its own persona. And emergence of its own, globally identity is backed up further by model now entering the used-car the Gen-2.

Launched here in the Gen-2 represents the first of ground-up designs. All the development and work was done in-house, previous models having been loosely based on Mitsubishi models. As an emerging car decades ago, Proton the smartest thing to do was to adopt proven Mitsubishi designs and them under licence in (Hyundai did the same thing 10 earlier, and look where it is

A small hatchback, the Gen-2 is, in terms, more or less a for the likes of Toyota’s Corolla, but the car has more personality and visual The sweeping roofline and bold are quite attractive, and the Gen-2 has its own face on the road.

But it’s on the road where the most completely betrays the that Proton is yet to get a real on what makes a global

While the Corolla uses a engine with 100 kW, the Gen-2 is with a 1.6-litre engine 82 kW. The Hyundai Accent also a 1.6-litre engine with less power, but that, is arguably a function of the parent not understanding Australian buyers.

The engine means it can struggle at speeds or when fully The 7200 rpm red line is meaningless as the struggles to reach it and lacks power where it’s needed. The five-speed manual is the clear choice over the automatic.

This alone will the appeal of the Gen-2, especially for dwellers.

On the flip-side, the Gen-2’s was a highlight. Proton bought and Lotus-developed suspension has featured on a few of its models. In the Gen-2’s cases, influence has resulted in a good

The tyre grip is the most element and considering that the will never be overpowered by its it feels secure.

The rest of the dynamic act is up to speed, and the Gen-2 corners with and stays flat in turns. The can feel a little over-assisted, but to load up in corners for some feedback.

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It’s nice to too, that Proton has about the braking package, even the base-model car with disc brakes. Less is the decision not to make anti-lock standard on all models. Only the and high-spec cars get ABS with distribution.

Speaking of trim the Gen-2 range was split three with the unimaginative of L-Line, M-Line and H-Line medium and high).

The L-Line got dual airbags, remote central locking, windows and a trip computer. The added anti-lock brakes and while the H-Line introduced fog side airbags, parking and a spoiler.

Inside, the Gen-2’s seats lacked side – a shame given the handling potential – but the of the layout was pretty good.

The stacked climate-control dials in the console were funky. the old-fashioned sports steering let things down. Well, was also the questionable integrity of the and their fit.

Even when new, the could be a bit squeaky.

In some the Proton Gen-2 shows that right for some markets for others.

The handling and general balance are right, but the wheezy can let it down over long

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