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Proton GEN-2
2/10

Overall
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The Proton Gen-2 was the first indication that Proton might be capable of building a car that wasn’t completely dreadful. But it’s out of date now, and still wasn’t much cop way back when.

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What is it?

Another Proton that's been breathed on by Lotus, and another Proton that's a long way short of the class best.

Driving

Proton owns Lotus and makes the most of this by getting plenty of consultancy from the world renowned handling experts. So the Gen-2 does better than you'd expect, with plenty of grip and very little body roll.

The small 1.3-litre's 94bhp just isn't up to the job either.

On the inside

There's a decent sized boot at 370 litres and plenty of legroom in both the front and rear. The Gen-2's only real letdown is a lack of rear headroom courtesy of that sloping roofline.

Owning

With around 40mpg available on a tank and group seven insurance, the Gen-2 is a fairly cheap car to run. The catch, however, is that it's complete lack of desirability ensures the resale value will be a real kick in the teeth.

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