Proton GEN-2 Review

Proton GEN-2
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Proton GEN-2 Review

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The GEN-2 is a very easy car to live with and drive - it is equipped with parking sensors as standard, but this is not an excuse not to look where you are reversing.

Ease of Use

The GEN-2 is a very easy car to live with and drive - it is equipped with parking sensors as standard, but this is not an excuse not to look where you are reversing.

One thing that we did not like was that the only way to open the boot was via a cable release next to the front seat, which means that you have to open the drivers door before opening the boot.

Although the boot is relatively large - access is through a hatchback which has a high sill which can make loading/unloading difficult. For transporting large loads the rear seats fold completely flat adding extra capacity to the already spacious boot. Better still the rear seats split 60:40 and fold down to give you a good useable load area.

We were surprised that there was not a glove compartment, especially considering the target market who probably will wear gloves. Although there is a storage box between the front seats, which you could place the odd item in. There is a cup holder located between the front seats but we felt that it wouldn’t hold a cup in place and had a limited life. The doors incorporate large pockets and there are map packets on the back of the front seats.

The switchgear was awkward to use on the move and too flimsy.

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Proton GEN-2 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedProton GEN-2 1.6 GLS
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourVigour Red Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph12.6 Seconds
Top Speed 118 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded - Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban27.9 mpg
Extra Urban51.3 mpg
Combined39.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group7
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Years/60,000 miles manufacturer total vehicle warranty
6-Years/100,000 miles engine and gearbox warranty
6-Years unlimited mileage bodywork warranty
3-Years unlimited mileage paintwork warranty
3-Years RAC breakdown cover
Price (when tested on the 02/03/05)£ 9,595

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