What's the used Proton Impian saloon like?
The Proton Impian is certainly worth considering if you're after cheap family transport.
For a start, it's loaded with kit. And, because Proton owns Lotus, the British sports car maker has worked on the ride and handling, so the Impian is agile and supple, with good body control and little lean.
There's just one engine - a 102bhp 1.6-litre petrol from Mitsubishi. At 42mpg on the combined cycle, it's frugal, but it struggles to keep up with most traffic and is too noisy when revved.
Things don't get any better inside. The trim feels cheap, and the ergonomics are poorly thought out. There's no reach adjustment for the wheel, and the driver's seat is short on support.
However, on the positive side, the Impian can carry five adults in reasonable comfort over long distances. The boot is a good size, too, and the rear seat splits and folds.
What used Proton Impian saloon will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Proton Impian saloon?
A used Impian will be pretty cheap to run. Repairs won't cost a bomb because parts are usually cheap. The 1.6-litre engine returns 42mpg, which is slightly more than the Impian's two closest competitors, the Renault Laguna 1.6 and Ford Mondeo 1.6.
Which used Proton Impian saloon should I buy?
On the used market, you've got the choice of just one engine - a 102bhp 1.6-litre petrol - and two trim levels, GLS and GSX. All models have air-con, all-round electric windows, a CD player and powered door mirrors. The range-topping GSX adds a six-CD changer and leather seats.
As for safety kit, all models have twin front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control.
The only option buyers may want to look out for is a four-speed automatic gearbox, but there aren't that many used examples about. And, if you can find one, expect to pay a small premium.
We'd opt for the manual, though, because it's a nice, neat 'box with a positive action and makes the most of the engine's lethargic performance.
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