Ratings: 2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium CVT - Commendable score in ride comfort, 160/250 overall

Shaun · Aug 07, 2020 12:23 AM

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
Transmission CVT
Power 109 PS @ 5,750 rpm
Torque 150 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Weight 1,178 kg
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
Bonnet 3.5 3.5 0
Front Fender 3 3 0
Front to Rear Door 4.5 3.5 1
Rear Door to C-Pillar 3 3.5 0.5
Tailgate 3 4 1
2019 Proton Iriz 1.6L Premium - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 116
Front Fender 105 105
Front Door 113 110
Rear Door 114 108
C-Pillar 115 107
Tailgate 101
Roof 102
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
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 Iriz 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

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.

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