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Proton Persona

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RM42,600 - RM54,600
OTR Price in Kuala Lumpur
Persona Specs
Engine 1597 cc
Power 107 hp
Transmission Type Manual
Driver Airbag Yes
Air Conditioner Yes
Power Steering Yes
Seating Capacity 5 Seats

Persona Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Persona

For an entry-level sedan, the Proton Persona looks quite smart with a flowing design which looks very youthful. The curvy layout of headlamps, as well as tail lamps, do make the Proton Persona feel a car from the current generation, which is something which other entry-level sedans do lack due to cost-cutting. 

Another praiseworthy aspect for an entry-level sedan like the Proton Persona is the amount of safety features it is packed with. The Proton Persona is equipped with all the bells and whistles in this arena, like six airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, vehicle stability control, and front and rear parking sensors, which make the car feel safe and secure.

Things We Dont Like in Persona

While the exterior design of the Proton Persona feels youthful, the in-cabin experience is not all that premium, thanks to a very sober-looking cabin design as well as pared-down build quality. Also, there are a number of crucial features which have been put up in their very basic forms, like the headlamps which miss out on LEDs or projectors or lack of a modern automatic climate control system.

The headlamps have a very nice design, however, the visibility of the throw from them during dark conditions is not too good as compared to that of other cars in this category.

Recent Updates of Proton Persona

Proton Persona is a perfect combination of utility and performance and hence is considered a perfect fit for the urban areas. The Persona is available in 4 trims in the market that include Standard MT, Standard CVT, Executive CVT, and Premium CVT. The design of the Persona is reminiscent of Iris hatchback. Sleek headlamps and a stylish front grille add an element of elegance to the front fascia. The Proton Persona is powered by a 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine that generates a power output of 107 hp at 5,750 rpm and torque of 150 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or CVT gearbox depending on the variant. Standard safety features on the Persona include ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, traction control etc. With the price starting from RM 42,600 the Proton Persona proves to be an ideal vehicle that can deliver consistent performance along with comfort. 

Persona Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
Standard MT RM42,600 *
OTR Price
1597 cc, 107 hp, Manual, Petrol
Standard CVT RM44,600 *
OTR Price
1597 cc, 107 hp, CVT, Petrol
Executive CVT RM49,600 *
OTR Price
1597 cc, 107 hp, CVT, Petrol
Premium CVT RM54,600 *
OTR Price
1597 cc, 107 hp, CVT, Petrol
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Proton Persona Colors

Persona is available in 5 different colors - Ruby Red, Snow White, Armour Silver, Jet Grey and Rosewood Maroon.

  • Ruby Red

  • Snow White

  • Armour Silver

  • Jet Grey

  • Rosewood Maroon

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Persona Review

  • Overview
  • Interior & Features
  • Exterior
  • Ride & Handling
  • Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Braking & Safety
  • Verdict

Overview

After a small sabbatical of few years, Proton has decided to bring back the ‘Persona’ nameplate in the form of an all-new sedan, which is positioned between Saga and Preve, as a more premium alternative of the Saga. Based on a stretched form of Iriz hatchback, the Persona has been designed keeping the urban youth in mind. The entry-level sedan is available in a total of four different variants – Standard MT, Standard CVT, Executive CVT, and Premium CVT. With a starting price of RM 42,600, the Persona is being offered in a total of five color options – Rosewood Maroon, Snow White, Armour Silver, Jet Grey, and Ruby Red.

Interior & Features

Like the front fascia on the outside, the overall dashboard too sees a lot of inspiration from the Iriz, as it is a complete replica of that of the latter.

This means that the overall cabin has a modern and mature flair in its layout. The three-spoke steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth control on it as well as informative instrument console looks sober. However, the 7-inch touch screen infotainment system with vertical and trapezoidal AC vents at the center make the center console looks big and wide.

The Persona is well equipped with features like push-button start, driver seat height adjustment, and electrically adjustable and rear view mirrors. However, we would have loved to see a few more premium comfort and convenience features like a sunroof and automatic climate control to justify its premium positioning over the Saga.

The Proton Persona also excels when it comes to passenger comfort, with adequate levels of knee room and legroom to accommodate tall people with ease.

Exterior

Compared to the Saga above which it is positioned, the Persona definitely has an essence of premium feel, with the overall design looking much more youthful and trendy.

The frontal fascia of the Proton Persona looks very similar to the range starting hatchback, the Iriz, with the sedan sharing its headlamps and wide front grille with the latter. However, the Persona comes with a distinctive chrome garnish on the front grille, thus forming a more prominent and mature chin. The Persona lacks the presence of projector headlamps, which is gradually becoming a norm in this segment, however, the daytime running LEDs are positioned on the front bumper.

The side profile of the Persona looks much more aerodynamic and modern compared to that of the Saga. A very prominent curve flowing from the front fender to the rear fender on the upper portion of the doors and door mounted rear view mirrors do give it a sporty stance when viewed sideways. However, we do wish that the alloy wheel design could have been better. At the rear, the Proton Persona comes with rather rounded tail lamps and a black colored thin lip above the boot lid.

Ride & Handling

Under the monocoque frame of the Proton Persona, the sedan gets Macpherson struts with stabilizer at the front and torsion beam at the rear. With a minimum turning radius of just 5.0m, the Proton Persona is a very easy car to maneuver in city traffic. The suspension too is set on a gentler side to impart a supple ride quality.

 

Engine & Fuel Consumption

The only powertrain option in the Proton Persona, for the time being, is the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with the choices of a 5-speed manual and CVT gearboxes which are available in the Iriz hatchback as well. Here in the Persona, the engine develops a maximum power output of 109 PS and a peak torque output of 150 Nm.

Braking & Safety

While the Persona might not be too excellently equipped in terms of comfort and convenience features, it does impress with its safety equipment list. The sedan comes equipped with front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, hill hold assist, reverse parking camera with sensors, engine immobilizer and ISOFIX mounts for child seats.

Verdict

With a more modern and sporty design, the Persona justifies its premium positioning over the Saga as a bigger and more trendy entry-level sedan. However, at the same time, Proton could have used this opportunity to make it a better-equipped car with more features on board as well. Nevertheless, the car proves its practical side with decent performance, easy maneuverability, and comfortable ride quality.

User Reviews of Proton Persona

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    Jon Jun 29, 2019
    A car that is unparalleled both in terms of beauty and performance

    I have fallen for my newly purchased car, Proton Persona, right from the first day I purchased this. The car looks pretty decent and what attracted me most about this car is that the car is sporty and premium to look at. The exterior part of the car is quite sleek due to the latest features like LED DRL lights, Read More

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    Awang Jun 27, 2019
    Impressive design

    I was in search of a stylish sedan. After many research and test rides, I ended up getting the Proton Persona. Its been more than a year now and I am totally impressed by this car. It looks very sleek and the interiors are very luxurious. You get all the premium features without getting your pocket empty. I love the Read More

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    Ahmad Jun 25, 2019
    It is just ok to own a Persona

    Just ok for me. Keeping aside the safety features it comes with, there is a lot the company could have added in that spec-sheet. It lacks a number of user-centric features which rivals offer. Big seats reduce the legroom which I personally do not like. The cabin doesn’t remain quiet on expressways as the sound of wind comes in greatly. Read More

  • H
    Hilmi Jun 24, 2019
    Great ride quality

    I wanted to upgrade to an affordable sedan. Porton Persona was offering tons of feature at such a low price. I love the low-cost maintenance charge of this car. This car gives you a premium feel that you could never expect at this price point. The cabin has a modern layout. The steering wheel holds the audio controls. The seven Read More

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    Umar Jun 20, 2019
    Very impressive performance

    I purchased Persona as my first car. I did not expect this car to perform so flawlessly. The maintenance cost of this car is pretty low compared to the rivals. This car provides all the standard features that you would expect from a sedan costlier than Persona. The engine is super refined and the power is more than enough for Read More

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Proton Persona FAQ

  • What are the Safety Features Available in Proton Persona?

    The safety features available in Proton Persona Below:

    Feature Value
    Driver Airbag Yes
    Passenger Airbag Yes
    Side Airbag-Front No
    Child Safety Locks Yes
    Side Airbag-Rear No
    Anti-Lock Braking System Yes
    Brake Assist Yes
    Ebd Yes
    Vehicle Stability Control System Yes
    Rear Seat Belts Yes
    Seat Belt Warning Yes
    Rear Camera No
    Parking Sensors Yes
    Crash Sensor Yes
    Engine Check Warning Yes
    Tyre Pressure Monitor No
    Front Impact Beams Yes
    Side Impact Beams Yes
    Door Ajar Warning Yes
    Traction Control Yes

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