Will the CKD Proton X70 be as well built as CBU units? – Ratings

Adrian Chia · Jan 21, 2020 06:08 PM

Build quality of this fully imported Proton X70 is impeccable and will come as a surprise to many. Fit and finish is impeccable for both the exterior and interior.

Paint Thickness (unit: μm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 126 -
Front Fender 110 119
Front Doors 118 124
Rear Doors 120 126
C-Pillar 129 116
Tailgate 108 -
Roof 108 -
Average Paint Thickness: 118.5 μm


Panel Gaps (unit: mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3.5 3.5 0
Front Fender 3.5 4.0 0.5
Front To Rear Door 4.0 3.5 0.5
Rear Door To C-pillar 4.0 4.5 0.5
Tailgate 5.5 6.0 0.5

Paint quality and finish are excellent with an average paint thickness of 118 μm. What is even more impressive is there is virtually no discrepancy in the fitting of the exterior panels. The maximum panel gaps difference between the left and right side of the car is a mere 0.5 mm.

2020 Proton X70 Build Quality

Exterior Material Use
Test Area Item  Result
Bonnet Sound Proofing Material Thick
Struts Gas
Front Fenders  Sound Proofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction Multiple
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual

The cabin is generously furnished with premium materials and high-tech features. Nappa leather, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, cabin air purifier, Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) are some features not commonly found in cars of this price and segment.

Cabin Material Use
Test Area Item  Result
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Soft Plastic
Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Soft Plastic
Middle Section Leather
Lower Section Hard Plastic

2020 Proton X70 Build Quality

Although our 1-year old test vehicle with 25,000 km of rough life started to show signs of wear but only if you scrutinise to look for them. The panels started to make a light squeak when pressed and the gear lever gates don’t feel as solid as new – presumably from the excessive use of the Tiptronic manual shifting function.

For its asking price of RM 123,000, the Proton X70 1.8 TDGI Premium 2WD is nothing short of impressive and is one of the best-built cars in the segment. Will the future Proton X70 CKD that will be built in Proton's Tanjong Malim plant be as well built? We believe our local talents are able to match this standard.

Quality & Features ( 41 / 50 pts)
Item Breakdown Points
Exterior Paint Finish 3 / 3 pts
Panel Gaps 3 / 3 pts
Assembly Quality 2 / 3 pts
Interior Build Quality 2 / 3 pts
Materials Used 3 / 3 pts
Material Finish Quality 3 / 3 pts
Features Safety 8 / 10 pts
ADAS 4 / 5  pts
Luxury 5 / 5  pts
Convenience 5 / 5  pts
Infotainment 3 / 7  pts

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