Ratings: 2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Excellent score in purchase and cost

Shaun · Dec 17, 2020 09:56 AM

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In this week's Ratings article, we’re taking an in-depth look at the 2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium by analysing all aspects from driving performance to purchase and cost.

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2019 Proton Persona: Driving Performance - 30/50 pts, well-tuned ride and handling

2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Facts and Figures
Engine 1.6L 4-cylinder NA
Transmission CVT
Power 109 PS @ 5,750 rpm
Torque 150 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Weight 1,193 kg
0-100 km/h 11.7 seconds
100-0 km/h 45.5 metres

The Punch-sourced CVT is the weakling here. Depending on the timing of throttle application or road incline, the Proton Persona lurches forward at times. Once on the move, it responds reasonably quick.

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Straight-line performance is commendable, quicker than the Toyota Vios from 0-100 km/h by a whole second, completing it in 11.7 seconds.

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Steering is well-weighted with decent feedback. It handles reassuringly, providing drivers the confidence to take corners in a spirited manner. Although it should be noted that the factory fitted tyres performed rather poorly in the wet as traction is easily lost.

2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Driving Performances Breakdown
Engine Acceleration 3.5 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 4 / 5
Throttle Response 3.5 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3
Smoothness 2 / 5
Sport/Manual Mode 0 / 3
Steering Accuracy 2 / 3
Response 2 / 3
Weight & Feel 2.5 / 3
Braking Distance 1.5 / 3
Feel 1.5 / 3
Handling Chassis Balance 2 / 3
Grip 1.5 / 3
Load Reaction 2 / 3
Total   30 / 50 pts

2019 Proton Persona: Ride Comfort - 34/50 pts, comfortable front seats

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The suspension strikes a fine balance between handling and comfort. It settles quickly over bumps and copes with any undulation thrown at it.

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The front seats are supportive, particularly the side bolsters as they hug the body comfortably in place. The seat base is of decent length, providing good thigh support.

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2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Noise Level
60 km/h 63 dB
90 km/h 66 dB
110 km/h 70 dB

Noise level is acceptable for the price range. At 110 km/h, the sound level meter recorded an average of 70 dB.

2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Ride Comfort Breakdown
Sound Proofing 6 / 10
Suspension 8 / 10
Passenger Comfort 7 / 10
Seat Support 4 / 5
Ergonomics 3 / 5
Engine Refinement 6 / 10
Total points 34 / 50 pts

2019 Proton Persona: Quality and Features - 30/50 pts, slick-to-use infotainment system

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2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Panel Gaps (mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 2 2.5 0.5
Front Fender 4 3.5 0.5
Front to Rear Door 4.5 4.5 0
Rear Door to C-Pillar 3.5 4 0.5
Tailgate 2.5 3.5 1
2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 109
Front Fender 109 108
Front Door 115 112
Rear Door 112 110
C-Pillar 117 111
Tailgate 114
Roof 103
Average paint thickness: 111

Panel gaps deviated by no more than 1 mm from each side, with no outliers. This would indicate about average build quality. Paint thickness consistently averaged in the 110s of µm.

2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Exterior Material Use
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thin
Struts Manual
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction Multiple
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual

Interior build quality is acceptable for its price. Selection of material is rather decent, without noticeable sharp edges or rough panels.

2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Cabin Material Use
Seat Seat Cover Fabric/Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover N/A
Dashboard Upper Section Hard Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Hard Plastic
  Middle Section Hard Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic

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Infotainment system operates smoothly and display is crisp. Voice command and online connectivity are a bonus. But audio quality is average at best.

2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Quality & Features Breakdown
Exterior Paint Finish 4 / 4
Panel Gaps 3 / 4
Assembly Quality 1 / 2
Interior Build Quality 3 / 5
Materials Used 4 / 5
Features Safety 8 / 10
ADAS 0 / 5
Luxury 2 / 5
Convenience 2 / 5
Infotainment 3 / 5
Total   30 / 50 pts

2019 Proton Persona: Space and Practicality - 30.5/50 pts, decent boot space

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Kneeroom and headroom at the rear are decent, with 2 tennis balls of kneeroom and one tennis ball of headroom for a 170 cm tall individual.

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Large bottles won’t fit in the door bins but there are several cubby spaces on the centre console.

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Boot space is larger than the Toyota Vios but not quite as large as the Honda City's, rated at 510 litres.

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2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Interior Space Breakdown
Front Row 8 / 10
Middle/Back Row 6 / 10
Third Row 0 / 5
Boot Space 4 / 5
Practicality 3 / 5
Storage Space 3 / 5
Visibility 4 / 5
Storage Flexibility 2.5 / 5
Total 30.5 / 50 pts

2019 Proton Persona: Fuel Consumption – 11/20 pts, not that great in the city

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After 91.9 km journey broken down to about 50% city and 50% highway, we’ve used 7.75 litres of fuel which translates to 8.4-litre/100 km.

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With more highway driving, we reckon we could get the figure down to around 7-litre/100 km. But that would still be slightly higher than most B-segment sedans.

2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
Fuel Consumption 9 / 15
Eco Mode 0 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 2 / 3
Total points 11 / 20 pts

2019 Proton Persona: Purchase and Cost – 24.5/30, good value for money

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At RM 54,600 (OTR with SST), the Proton Persona 1.6L Premium offers good value for money. Due to the above average fuel consumption, fuel cost is on the higher side but maintenance cost is reasonable, with an estimated cost at RM 3,180 over the course of 5 years/100,000 km.

2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium Service Costs
Month Mileage (km) Cost (RM)
1 1,000 121.09
6 10,000 121.09
12 20,000 138.86
18 30,000 383.40
24 40,000 267.52
30 50,000 191.05
36 60,000 807.51
42 70,000 191.05
48 80,000 267.52
54 90,000 383.40
60 100,000 307.61
Total 3,180.10

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2019 Proton Persona 1.6L Premium - Purchase & Cost
Purchase Car Price 14 / 15
Warranty 4 / 5
Cost Maintenance 4 / 5
Fuel Cost 2.5 / 5
Total   24.5 / 30 pts

2019 Proton Persona: Conclusion - 160/250 pts overall

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To wrap up, the Proton Persona 1.6L Premium drives well, with excellent suspension tuning that balances comfort and handling superbly. Practicality is good with decent boot space, and infotainment system is slick to use.

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Downside is the transmission isn’t the best in business and fuel consumption can be on the higher side depending on driving conditions. But for those looking for a B-segment sedan on a budget, the Proton Persona is an obvious choice.

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Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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