On test: Proton Gen-2 review (2004-2007 model) – MSN Cars UK

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On test: Proton Gen-2 review model)

Model:Proton Gen-2 1.6

Five-door hatch

Engine: four-cylinder petrol

Transmission: manual

Date of Test: 2005

The Gen-2 is, cunningly, as a ‘new generation’ of Proton. the first new model to be developed the company brought British car maker Lotus, and the first to be free of former Mitsubishi Even the Impian, Proton’s ‘all independent’ car, a Mitsubishi powerplant, but here a unit can be found under the Lotus-designed and said to be rather

Other variants may follow but for now the comes in a single five-door bodystyle, with two engine and a handful of trim levels.

Where does it fit?

different angles, you’ll see hints of old-shape Renault Seat Leon, BMW 6-Series and 25 in the Gen-2. Original the shape though it’s still the contemporary-looking Proton ever. It is than a Ford Focus, than a Fiesta but priced in line with the supermini, in the Proton way; more and equipment for less cash.

there are still some omissions on the spec list.

Is it for

There used to be a kind of cool about driving a due to the Lotus connection. The old Satria GTI was a hot hatch that out-handled a 206 GTI, winning underground and the Malaysian company hopes for fortunes with the Gen-2. In of course, without a sporty-biased in the range, it’s going to be by people to whom price is selling on the ‘new car for used tag, and the image will accordingly.

This is never going to be in the way a 206 or second-hand Focus is, so may not initially be for you age, space and price are

What does it do well?

the drive will ensure it is one for enthusiasts after all? The sends out the right messages, sporty BMW Z4-style dials, a steering wheel and plenty of from the Lotus Elise.

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What doesn’t it do well?

the engine and expect miracles, and be dumbstruck. It’s noisy, on the motorway, revs lethargically and aged. New generation it isn’t, not in installation.

The gearchange is also stiff and heavy, the throttle is and sharp getaways reveal wheelspin; the Malaysian-brand tyres grip. Steering is vague, as are the and unbelievably, ABS wasn’t standard on our car! Just like from a bygone age, suspension settings you feel the has stolen; it’s softly-suspended, restlessly at speed and leaning into corners, offering confidence or feel, yet still to offer a mediocre ride (though the latter is made by interior trim which in unison to bumps).

What’s it like to live

Headroom is tight in the back but is OK, making it a viable family car if the boot is only average. You may the appeal when you investigate the trim quality though, in places is appalling. The steering column stalks and door are particularly poor, while paint quality is also way par; on sections, it was almost in finish, and stone chips on the and front wings had flaked off a amount of paint, leaving white undercoat.

Get past the quality and you’ll the unremittingly beige-brown interior scheme of the test car, only by a good-looking Blaupunkt and BMW-style orange instrument But the interior does show of imaginative design, and so long as you touch it or look too closely, it is the aspect of the car. The pistol-grip is a lesson to Saab and Renault in how to parking brakes a styling cue are easy to use.

But when you with it, you do more than look at it. That’s the problem.

we buy it?

We struggle to see how Proton can call a ‘new generation’, as it is one of the worst we have driven in a long The promise is there, not least in design and the on-paper benefits of the But it simply feels far too underdeveloped, as if is still a year’s honing to be done. It is therefore all the more that Lotus is willing to be with it.

This could be a decent car but, in its current form, you be daft to choose it over any of rivals.

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