Proton GEN-2 Review

Proton GEN-2
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Proton GEN-2 Review

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In our opinion the interior styling is the GEN-2's achilles heel - it is not a nice place to be.

How It Looks - Interior

In our opinion the interior styling is the GEN-2's achilles heel - it is not a nice place to be. There is far too much plastic and odd design touches that do not work.

The circular styling of the controls works relatively well but they were awkward to use on the move and too flimsy. The taupe and gold plastics and beige carpets were definitely not to our taste.

Infotainment

The GEN-2 range is fitted with as standard an integrated Blaupunkt RDS radio/CD Player, with steering wheel mounted audio controls. However, these controls were too small to be practical on the move. From GLS specification upwards, you get a boot mounted 10 disc auto-changer as standard.

Rivals
  • Ford Focus, Kia Cerato, Mazda3, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf
What We Liked
  • Easy to drive
  • The price
  • Well weighted steering
What We Disliked
  • Lack of ABS as standard across the range (standard on GSX models only)
  • Some build quality issues
  • Fiddly audio and ventilation controls
  • The hard steering wheel
What We'd Like To See
  • ABS as standard across the range
  • Side airbags as standard across the range
  • More attention to build quality
  • A more tactile steering wheel
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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

The information contained within this Proton GEN-2 review may have changed since publication on the 2 March 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Proton dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2018