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Proton Preve GX (2014)

by Barry Green,reviewed February 2014

Proton’s new Prevé four-door sedan is the first of its make to come with five years’ free servicing.
It also boasts a five-star ANCAP safety rating and a five-year warranty.

First, the good news.

The extensive safety inventory includes six airbags, electronic stability and traction control, ABS, active front head rests, reversing sensors and an automatic, speed-sensitive, door locking/unlocking system.

The ride is compliant, thanks to suspension tuned by sports car supremo Lotus.

Standard equipment extends to 16-inch alloys, bluetooth and iPod connectivity, 60-40 split-fold rear seat, central locking and steering wheel audio and phone controls.

Now, the not so good news ...

Prevé lacks the wherewithal to exploit the handling benefits of its aforesaid, sporty suspension. The steering is devoid of feedback, the gearshift on our five-speed manual (a CVT is a $2000 option) was abrasive and imprecise (particularly shifting from second to third) and the 1.6-litre engine struggled to climb even a reasonably sized hill.

There is seating for five and acceptable interior (and cargo) space, but the seats are hard and flat. As the first Proton product we have tested in some five or more years, Prevé shows welcome improvements in some key areas, but it still falls well short of best in the small car class.
Proton Preve GX 2014

For

Safety, warranty, capped price servicing

Against

Lacks dynamics, engine response, comfort

Key features

16” alloys, climate-control airconditioning, reversing sensors, bluetooth/iPod connectivity, CD/MP3 player with auxiliary and USB ports, steering wheel audio/bluetooth controls, remote keyless entry, alarm

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, EBD, active front headrests, front seatbelt pretenesioners

Car Details

Vehicle make Proton
Vehicle model Preve GX
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2014
Price when new $15,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 1.6-litre, 16-valve DOHC, petrol 4-cyl
Max power 80kW @ 5750rpm
Max torque 150Nm @ 4000rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 12.0 seconds (claimed)
Economy ADR 7.2 litres/100km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.