Another week, another hatchback. This week, we’re taking an in-depth look at the 2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium.
Driving Performance - 31.5/50 pts, great handling
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Facts and Figures|
|Engine||1.6L 4-cylinder NA|
|Power||109 PS @ 5,750 rpm|
|Torque||150 Nm @ 4,000 rpm|
|0-100 km/h||11.6 seconds|
|100-0 km/h||42.5 metres|
The CVT is the weakling here as it isn’t smooth from standstill starts. Depending on the timing of throttle application or road incline, the Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium lurches forward at times. Once on the move, it responds reasonably quick.
Straight-line performance is commendable, quicker than the 120 PS Honda Jazz which completed the century sprint in 11.8 seconds.
Steering is well-weighted with decent feedback. It handles reassuringly, providing drivers the confidence to take corners in a spirited manner.
|2019 Proton Iriz 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||2.5 / 3|
|Grip||2 / 3|
|Load Reaction||2.5 / 3|
|Total||31.5 / 50 pts|
Ride Comfort - 34/50 pts, excellent suspension tuning
The suspension strikes a fine balance between handling and comfort. It settles quickly over bumps and copes with any undulation thrown at it.
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.
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Noise Level|
|60 km/h||62 dB|
|90 km/h||68 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 Iriz 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|
Quality and Features - 31.5/50 pts, slick-to-use infotainment system
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Panel Gaps|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side||Difference|
|Front to Rear Door||4.5||3.5||1|
|Rear Door to C-Pillar||3||3.5||0.5|
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Paint thickness (µm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side|
|Average paint thickness: 109|
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 100s of µm.
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Exterior Material Use|
|Front Fenders||Soundproofing Material||Yes|
|Doors||Front Windows||Single Glazed|
|Rear Windows||Single Glazed|
Interior build quality is acceptable for its price. Selection of material is rather decent, without noticeable sharp edges or rough panels.
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Cabin Material Use|
|Dashboard||Upper Section||Hard Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
|Front Doors||Upper Section||Hard Plastic|
|Middle Section||Hard Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
Infotainment system operates smoothly and display is crisp. Voice command and online connectivity are a bonus.
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Quality & Features Breakdown|
|Exterior||Paint Finish||2 / 3|
|Panel Gaps||2 / 3|
|Assembly Quality||2 / 3|
|Interior||Build Quality||1.5 / 3|
|Materials Used||2 / 3|
|Material Finish Quality||2 / 3|
|Features||Safety||9 / 10|
|ADAS||0 / 5|
|Luxury||3 / 5|
|Convenience||3 / 5|
|Infotainment||5 / 7|
|Total||31.5 / 50 pts|
Space and Practicality - 29.5/50 pts, good forward visibility
Kneeroom and headroom at the rear are decent, although not quite as spacious as the Perodua Myvi. Large bottles won’t fit in the door bins but there are several cup spaces on the centre console.
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Interior Space Breakdown|
|Front Row||8 / 10|
|Middle/Back Row||6 / 10|
|Third Row||0 / 5|
|Boot Space||3 / 5|
|Practicality||3 / 5|
|Storage Space||3 / 5|
|Visibility||4 / 5|
|Storage Flexibility||2.5 / 5|
|Total||29.5 / 50 pts|
Fuel Consumption – 10/20 pts, not that great in the city
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown|
|Fuel Consumption||9 / 15|
|Eco Mode||0 / 2|
|Indicator Accuracy||1 / 3|
|Total points||10 / 20 pts|
After 112.1 km broken down to about 70% city and 30% highway, we’ve used 9.38 litres of fuel which translates to 8.36-litre/100 km.
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 hatchbacks.
Purchase and Cost – 23.5/30, relatively high fuel cost
|2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Purchase & Cost|
|Purchase||Car Price||13 / 15|
|Warranty||4 / 5|
|Cost||Maintenance||4 / 5|
|Fuel Cost||2.5 / 5|
|Total||23.5 / 30 pts|
At RM 50,700 (OTR with SST), the Proton Iriz 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 3,052 over the course of 5 years/100,000 km.
To wrap up, the Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium drives well, with excellent suspension tuning that balances comfort and handling superbly. Plus, it has a decent infotainment system.
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 who love driving, the Proton Iriz is a great choice.