Proton GEN-2 Road Test (2005)

Proton GEN-2
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Proton GEN-2 Review

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We were expecting the GEN-2 to be poor, but it is far from it

Build Quality

Build quality was patchy in places and the materials felt cheaper than they should. This is not to the standard we now expect of a car manufacturer competing in today’s market.

Value For Money

The starting price of £ 8,795 is very competitive for a family car. In a 2004 JD Power League Table Proton scored 81.6% for overall customer satisfaction, with the GEN-2 and we are sure that they will continue to improve on this figure. The GEN-2 comes with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty - in addition there is a 6 year/100,000 mile engine and gearbox warranty which subject to terms and conditions covers major failure of the powertrain.

Our test car the 1.6 GLS has an on the road price of £ 9,595 and is well suited to the more mature buyer who will be tempted by the low purchase price for a new car. If Proton were to introduce a 5-year warranty as Hyundai have done we are sure that this would increase sales.

Conclusion

We were expecting the GEN-2 to be poor, but it is far from it, admittedly it did not get us reaching for our cheque book but it is a reasonable family car at a competitive price. If it were our money there would be always the question 'what could we buy on the second hand market with a better residual value?'

The problem for Proton is credibility and persuading people to test the GEN-2. It will appeal to the loyal Proton customer and will do well within its niche market place but will be passed over by the younger buyer.

However, If you are looking for a new car and are on a budget then we would recommend that you have a look at the Proton GEN-2 you might well be surprised.

2 March 2005 Melanie Carter
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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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