2 out of 5 2.0
Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0
Proton GEN-2 Saloon (08-12) - rated 2 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £11,030 - £11,840
Used price £295 - £1,530
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £200 - £210
Insurance group 16 How much is it to insure?


Looks more sophisticated than hatchback, cheap to buy used


Poor interior quality, dull to drive, heavy depreciation, coarse engine

Proton GEN-2 Saloon rivals

Written by David Ross on

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.

Proton GEN-2 Saloon rivals

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