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

Looks more sophisticated than hatchback, cheap to buy used

CONS

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

PROS

Looks more sophisticated than hatchback, cheap to buy used

CONS

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

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Verdict

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.