Proton Persona

RM 42,600 - 54,600 TBC
B-Segment Sedan | 1.6L

Mid-life updates are a common occurrence in the automotive scene – cars are updated a couple of years after its debut so that it can remain relevant to the market.

So it boils down to what you really want in a car.

Furthermore, the inconsistent build quality of the interior is another testament of Proton’s quality still needs a lot of improvement.

After refueling, we calculated an average fuel consumption of 8.4-litres/100 km.

But performance figures aside, the biggest pitfall of the Persona is its Punch-sourced CVT-type automatic transmission.

we are also willing to give up 4g internet connectivity for android auto and apple carplay support, as we reckon the latter to be far more practical in day-to-day use. proton persona 2019 2019 launched earlier this year, the updated toyota vios has improved leaps and bounds over the model it replaces. unlike the predecessor model, all variants of the vios now receive 7 airbags as standard, which is a huge step-up. apart from the airbag count, the vios also gets blind spot monitor (bsm) with rear cross traffic alert (rcta), which until now, was unheard of in this segment. proton persona however, despite being the widest model here, the vios’ cabin feels rather tight. usable space in the cabin is also rather limited, falling behind the city. the 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system also lacks apple carplay and android auto.

with that said, the proton persona 2020 2019 2019 does excel in terms of ride comfort and handling. couple that with 6 airbags, stability control, traction control, and a rigid body shell, the proton persona 2019 is an excellent choice for those who values safety.

Build quality of the interior is a hit or miss (mostly a miss), as our loaner had some weird squeaks and the 60:40 split folding rear seats also failed to latch properly after releasing.

Throw the little Persona into a corner, the front end just grips and takes it in stride. Even uneven roads failed to unsettle the Persona’s finesse.

All in all, the Persona is a mixed bag – we like the ride and handling aspect of it, but the CVT detracts the otherwise decent driving experience.

But the Persona isn’t perfect – the CVT-type automatic remains as the biggest pitfall of the model. Granted Proton has been refining the CVT over the past couple of years and it shows, but against the competition, the Punch-sourced CVT-type automatic still suffers from the dreaded rubber-banding effect and does get rather noisy when given the beans.

Priced from RM 54,600 for the range-topping Premium variant, the Persona comfortably undercuts its Japanese and European segment rivals, yet the Persona, in its range-topping Premium guise, offers comparable safety equipment.

With that said, with the introduction of the updated City in 2017, Honda replaced the nicely-integrated touchscreen infotainment system with a far worse unit. The low-resolution screen found in the updated model hampers the overall user experience, and the lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is another oversight.

for the vast majority of buyers, the default choice is the honda city and toyota vios. both cars are good at what they do, but if affordability is a key factor in deciding your next car, then take a closer look at the proton persona 2019.

new to proton persona 2020 is the fancy ‘hi proton’ voice command infotainment system, allowing drivers (and passengers) to issue voice commands to the car.

During our tests, the Persona completed the 0-100 km/h sprint in 11.7 seconds, while 100-0 km/h braking distance took 45.5 meters.

when equipped with the 1.2-litre tsi engine, the volkswagen vento is the sole turbocharged b-segment sedan on sale in malaysia. the tsi mill helps the vento to boast the highest torque output in the segment, nudging ahead of the city hybrid ever so slightly (175 nm vs 170 nm). proton persona 2020 2020 the volkswagen vento is also one of the best handling b-segment models, as volkswagen has done a swell job fine-tuning the suspension set-up of the vento. proton persona but on the flipside, all variants of the vento offer 4 airbags, which is a measly amount considering that the vios offers 7 airbags across the range. continuing on the safety aspect of the vento, variants equipped with the 1.6 mpi engine isn’t available with stability control. only vento variants equipped with the 1.2 tsi engine get stability control.

Just like the Iriz we reviewed some time back, the Persona gets its power from a 1.6-litre VVT petrol engine that does 109 PS and 150 Nm.

If a refined ride is what you seek, then the Persona isn’t quite up to the task, as the CVT bogs down the overall driving experience of the car.

Honda’s ‘Man Maximum, Machine Minimum’ concept takes credit here, as Honda engineers have designed the cabin of the City to offer the best practicality in its class. Storage spaces are aplenty, and the generous rear legroom rivals some C-segment sedans. The City’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC mill also offers sufficient grunt to satisfy most users.

although proton has done substantial work to the proton persona 2020 2019's punch-sourced cvt-type automatic transmission, overall refinement of the powertrain still falls behind the competition, as the automatic transmission still suffers from the dreaded rubber-banding effect and does get rather noisy when given the beans.

During our time with the Persona, we covered roughly 91 km, through a mix of urban and highway conditions.

With that said however, build quality of the Persona is actually pretty decent, as variance between panels did not deviate more than 1.5 mm. Paint thickness is also one of the most consistent ones we’ve tested to date, averaging around the 100 micrometers mark throughout the exterior of the car.

however, unlike the more sophisticated system found in the proton x70, the persona gets a more simplified version that is limited to music, navigation, and weather forecast, and no commands for body control functions like windows. the ommission doesn't bother us at all.   persona price the infotainment system also lacks support for proton persona 2020 , something we’d gladly trade for the embedded 4g internet connectivity for.

At 110 km/h, the Persona’s cabin registered 69.5 dB. At idle, the cabin registered 47 dB, with the air-conditioning switched on.

However, some rivals have caught up with the ability to balance ride handling and comfort, so Proton’s strongest unique selling point (USP) for the Persona may not last for long.

The Honda City, despite being one of the oldest models here, remains as the segment’s best-selling model, and it’s easy to see why.

Not only is it jerky, it is also noisy and unrefined (everything a CVT shouldn’t be).

here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of the persona price 2020 2020, comparing it against some of its rivals:proton persona in terms of value for money, the proton persona offers the best value for money, as it packs 6 airbags, stability control, and a touchscreen infotainment system for under the rm 60,000 mark.

first launched in 2016, the persona price 2020 needs some freshing up and what you see here is the new 2019 proton persona.

When it comes to ride comfort and handling, Proton’s capabilities cannot be denied, as the Persona is able to strike the fine balance between ride comfort and handling.

Granted, the CVT has improved leaps and bounds over the years, but when compared to rivals such as the Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris, the Persona’s CVT is archaic by comparison.

Granted, the dual-tone interior does make the Persona look a bit more stylish, but the beige parts will stain easily. If you travel with young kids, good luck keeping it clean.

Since its introduction back in 2016, we never quite understood why Proton chose to give the Persona a dual-tone black and beige interior.

the second-generation persona price 2020 was introduced as an all-new model in 2016, before receiving an update earlier this year. persona price priced between rm 42,600 and rm 54,600, this makes the proton persona 2020 2019 the most affordable b-segment sedan on the market right now. proton persona but does the proton persona has what it takes to compete against more expensive japanese and german rivals?

let’s not beat around the bush – the proton persona 2020 2019 is far from winning a beauty pageant contest. the proportions are just odd. proton persona the new front and rear design works well to give the car a more current look but the side profile is where things start to fall apart, as the tall roof and tiny wheels make for a comical-looking sedan.

But if value for money is your priority, and you’re willing to overlook the shortcomings of the CVT, then it’s hard to argue against the value preposition offered by the Persona.

considering its price point of rm 42,600 to rm 54,600, the persona price 2019 has no direct rival in terms of pricing.  proton persona 2020 2020 however, these two alternatives are worth considering if you're shopping for the proton persona 2019.

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An often forgotten alternative to the Toyota Vios/Honda City
Comes decently equipped, with six airbags and stability control
Automatic transmission (CVT) is unrefined, jerky, but handling is above average.

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