Used Proton GEN-2 Hatchback 2004 - 2007 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

2004 - 2007 review
Proton GEN-2 Hatchback (04 - 07)
  • Proton GEN-2 Hatchback (04 - 07)
  • Proton GEN-2 Hatchback (04 - 07)
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Our recommendations

Which used Proton GEN-2 hatchback should I buy?

There's a choice of two engines and two trim levels, but we don't rate the 1.3-litre petrol unit much. It has 74bhp and 80lb ft of pulling power, which is okay when you're driving it on your own, but not great with a full load of passengers on board.

The 1.3-litre car is available in basic GLS trim only, but that comes with more equipment than you might think. Air-con, remote central locking, alloy wheels and a CD player are all standard fit, as are twin airbags and anti-lock brakes. On top of that, the 1.6 GSX adds side airbags.

Although it could hardly be described as rapid, we recommend the 110bhp 1.6. It provides reasonable response right through the rev range. Along with enhanced safety and climate control, rear electric windows are also fitted to GSX cars, plus there is a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.

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