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.