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What Car? says

1 out of 5 stars

For Looks good; rides and handles reasonably well

Against Build quality, performance, safety and refinement lag well behind rivals'

Verdict Handles well, but too many faults in other areas to be recommended

Go for… 1.6 GSX

Avoid… 1.3 GLS

Proton GEN-2 Hatchback
  • 1. The 110bhp 1.6 is the best engine as it provides reasonable response right through the rev range
  • 2. Many of the controls have an insubstantial, flimsy feel to them and may not go the distance
  • 3. The driver’s seat and steering column are height-adjustable, but it’s still hard to find a good driving position
  • 4. Electrical components such as the air-con and window motors need checking
  • 5. Check automatic transmissions, looking out for a jerky or reluctant gearchange
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