Used Proton GEN-2 Hatch (2004 - 2012) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 27 Mar 2014
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The GEN-2 replaced the slow-selling and elderly Wira and was an all-new design when it went on sale in 2004. But even at launch it felt at least a generation behind similar Kias and Hyundais - despite being more expensive - and has since undergone two facelifts.

Proton GEN-2 Hatch (04-12)
Cheap to buy used, lower running costs with ecoLogic models
Poor interior quality, dull to drive, high depreciation, sluggish performance, coarse engines

New price range:

£6,995 - £11,845

Used price range:

£164 - £1,790

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

2 out of 5

The GEN-2 replaced the slow-selling and elderly Wira and was an all-new design when it went on sale in 2004. But even at launch it felt at least a generation behind similar Kias and Hyundais - despite being more expensive - and has since undergone two facelifts. It does have one ace up its sleeve: buyers on a budget can cut their fuel bills in half with an ecoLogic model, which runs on petrol and cheaper LPG and comes at no extra cost to the standard 1.6-litre petrol.

On the used market the GEN-2 is temptingly cheap, but buyers could snap up an older Focus or Astra (both of which are far superior) for the same price. Proton makes much out of the Lotus connection when it comes to GEN-2's ride and handling. But it's hard to see where its involvement has been: the ride is poor, it's lumpy to drive and it runs out of puff quickly.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

2 out of 5

Performance

2.5 out of 5

Handling

2 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

2.5 out of 5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

2 out of 5

Selling

1 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 legroom and driving position - for me with long legs its great.  

4 out of 5

Watt Linda ,   11 Apr 2007    ... read more

 The lights - they help me see at night and haven't broken yet!!  

1 out of 5

Chris Smith ,   18 Mar 2007    ... read more

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