Proton Persona

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

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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.

Proton Persona Pros&Cons

Pros
Cons
  • Excellent value for money
  • Fancy voice command head unit (Premium variant only)
  • Sufficient safety equipment
  • Good driving dynamics
  • CVT still feels behind the competetion
  • No rear A/C vents
  • Integrated rear head rests
  • Only 2 airbags on cheaper variants

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Proton Persona Reviews

  • 2019 Proton Persona Gallery

    Design

    Since the Persona is based on the Iriz, they share many design cues but apart from the obvious, they can be differentiated from the front bumper and grille for the 2019 facelifted Proton Persona.

    Dimensions

    Dimensions wise, it is shorter than both the Honda City and Toyota Vios, although the wheelbase is similar. The Persona is by far the tallest among them and it's apparent in the flesh.

    2019 Proton Persona Dimensions
    Length 4,362 mm
    Width 1,722 mm
    Height 1,554 mm
    Wheelbase 2,555 mm
  • Dashboard

    Not much has changed for the 2019 model, main differences are the new instrument cluster, new gear lever, and a new infotainment system with “Hi Proton” voice command.

    The rest is familiar Persona affair, the lighter shades in the interior give it a sense of airiness. Quality in terms of materials and build has improved from the pre-facelift model.

    Space and Practicality

    Interior space is decent, headroom is generous given the height of the car and knee room is acceptable for its segment.

  • 2019 Proton Persona Specs and Features

    Infotainment

    The new infotainment system has the “Hi Proton” voice command feature. However, unlike the Proton X70, the function is limited to music, navigation and weather forecast and no commands like adjusting temperature or windows.

    No Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but there is MirrorLink for your smartphones and of course, Bluetooth. 

    Comfort Features

    Executive and Premium variants get keyless entry, push start button, remote boot release, automatic headlamps, and 2 USB chargers at the rear.

    Safety Features

    Safety features include stability and traction control standard across all variants while the Premium variant gets 6 airbags.

  • Engine

    An ageing powertrain, letdown by the CVT that is still unrefined despite the improvements done throughout its lifespan. There are still signs of jerkiness when moving from standstill, especially on a hill.

    The 1.6-litre VVT engine makes 109 PS and Nm of torque. 

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    Acceleration

    Despite its modest power figures, the Persona completed the 0-100 km/h sprint in 11.7 seconds, while 100-0 km/h braking distance took 45.5 meters.

    In comparison, the Toyota Vios did the century sprint in 12.7 seconds and stopped in 45.0 meters.

    Steering and Handling

    Handling is excellent as expected from a Proton. Body roll is well contained despite its tall body, which boosts confidence on highways with sweeping bends.

  • Passenger Comfort

    Where suspension is concerned, the balance between pliancy and handling is spot on. Undulations are quickly sorted out and doesn’t get jolted over potholes and rough patches.

    Sound Proofing

    Sound insulation is about average; reasonable at city speeds but above that tyre, wind and powertrain noise become intrusive.

  • Fuel Consumption

    In mixed conditions, the Persona achieved 8.4-litre/100 km. Compared to the Toyota Vios’ 6.8-litre/100 km, it’s rather poor.

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