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Proton GEN-2 Saloon review

2008 - 2012 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 52.0

At a glance

Price new £11,030 - £11,840
Used prices £330 - £1,782
Road tax cost £230 - £240
Insurance group 16
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 462 miles
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Available fuel types


Alternative fuel

Pros & cons


Looks more sophisticated than hatchback, cheap to buy used


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

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.