Used Proton GEN-2 Saloon (2008 - 2012) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 27 Mar 2014
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The Proton GEN-2 Persona four-door saloon looks a little more sophisticated than the five-door hatchback. The enclosed boot also offers extra safety, but it’s a below-par and disappointing effort overall.

Proton GEN-2 Saloon (08-12)
Looks more sophisticated than hatchback, cheap to buy used
Poor interior quality, dull to drive, heavy depreciation, coarse engine

New price range:

£11,040 - £11,995

Used price range:

£300 - £1,530

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

2 out of 5

The Proton GEN-2 Persona four-door saloon looks a little more sophisticated than the five-door hatchback. The enclosed boot also offers extra safety, but it’s a below-par and disappointing effort overall. It does have one ace up its sleeve: buyers on a budget can cut their fuel bills in half with an LPG ecoLogic model, but the main problem is poor value for money overall.

The GEN-2 fails to meet the high expectations demanded by its price tag. The interior isn’t plush enough and - despite Lotus’ helping hand - the GEN-2 Persona isn’t sporty or fun to drive. The Skoda Octavia costs only a little more new and is a hugely superior car in every respect.

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 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...

 Boot space is very good stick to the speed limit and the fuel consumption is pretty good as well/.  

2 out of 5

Ian Corley ,   17 Dec 2012    ... read more

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