Proton GEN 2 Review

21 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Proton GEN 2 Review

To stand any at all of sales, an anonymous brand Proton must have a iron warranty, and the GEN 2 comes up the goods. There’s a 3 year, mile overall warranty, a 6 year, 100,000 mile for the engine and gearbox.

The Proton GEN-2 GSX that I drove has just every extra you could for, including leather and a reasonably powerful 1.6 litre engine, which retails at (€14,800). That includes air four electric windows, locking, front fog lamps, a smart Blaupunkt audio and a smattering of the alphabet soup of aids to driving safety, ABS and EBD.

So just who or what is Proton, and can you your faith in it?


The company is based in Malaysia, and is by Reuters in its various news as “struggling” and “ailing”. It seems to be money, but nobody knows how much. It has been looking for a partner. Mitsubishi of Japan a small stake, and VW of Germany has thinking about buying an too, although it announced in that the talks had failed.

The Malaysians were unwilling to overall control to VW. Probably a relevant factoid about is the fact that it bought engineering consultancy Lotus in 2003.

Proton makes of this in its publicity material.

The new 1.6 CamPro engine was developed Lotus. Much of the car was designed by and this certainly explains why the car and handles so well. The engine sounds a bit rorty when you the accelerator. If you zoom through the suspension holds the car level, and the keeps the car straight and true, or you happen to be pointing it.

The five-speed manual gearbox is a joy to giving slick and fast

Too low down

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The leather seats a welcome surprise and added an of class to the interior, which is and cheerful. The dials on the dashboard professional and serious, although the for the air conditioning, heating and demisting sited low down in the centre, and late-middle aged driver it hard to see exactly what were in place and how to change Given that Proton’s market is people like me, it to sort that out.

The interior was a mixture of class and with the clock sticking out of the of the dashboard not its finest feature. The wheel was clad in second material too. Headroom was although this could been because I couldn’t out how to lower the seat. The hand was a pistol handle design.

The rear seats split

Heavy boot lid

The looks of the car are top with a delightful front very attractively designed light clusters and an overall shape. There are two engine #150; 1.3 and 1.6 litre petrol, two trim levels, and a choice of the manual or a 4-speed automatic There’s no diesel.

That be a … omission. Prices at £8,995-€12,500. Proton has three products, the Impian, the Savvy and the Neo.

Don’t forget that has proven with the Qashqai silly names don’t impair sales.


you look at the competition in this your first thought be to reject this Malaysian But if price and value for money is to you, check out the GEN-2. A equipped VW Golf would cost at least £5,000-€7,000

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