The Gen-2 is smartly styled inside and out and, thanks to Lotus’s input, it rides and handles well. Prices undercut those of mainstream rivals by a hefty margin
The Gen-2’s cabin is marred by abysmal quality, an awkward driving position and a shortage of rear headroom. Engine refinement is poor and residual values are weak
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Proton GEN-2 Saloon performance
There's only one engine available in the Gen-2 saloon: a 110bhp 1.6-litre. But, for the same price, you have the option of a dual-fuel version that can also run on LPG. Both come with a five-speed manual ’box as standard, and the option of an automatic gearbox. The engine supplies enough pace for most drivers, with decent urge at any speed, although it is best at higher revs.
Proton GEN-2 Saloon ride & handling
Proton-owned Lotus had a hand in developing the Gen-2’s chassis. The benefits are there in a decent drive, with suspension that strikes a good balance between ride comfort and cornering composure. Grip is good, but while the steering is quick to react to inputs, it can’t match the class leaders for feel.
Proton GEN-2 Saloon refinement
Engine noise plagues the Gen-2’s cabin. There’s a constant drone around town, while even gentle throttle pressure brings with it a coarse, insistent tone. Road noise is present on most surfaces above an urban crawl and gets worse as speeds rise. Wind noise is present, but not excessive, at motorway speeds.