Looks more sophisticated than hatchback, cheap to buy used
Poor interior quality, dull to drive, heavy depreciation, coarse engine
The Proton GEN-2 Persona four-door saloon looks a little more sophisticated than the five-door hatchback. The enclosed boot also offers extra safety, but it’s a below-par and disappointing effort overall. It does have one ace up its sleeve: buyers on a budget can cut their fuel bills in half with an LPG ecoLogic model, but the main problem is poor value for money overall.
The GEN-2 fails to meet the high expectations demanded by its price tag. The interior isn’t plush enough and - despite Lotus’ helping hand - the GEN-2 Persona isn’t sporty or fun to drive. The Skoda Octavia costs only a little more new and is a hugely superior car in every respect.