2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review

2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review

Simon Lai road tests and reviews the Proton Prevé GXR.

2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review.
2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review.

Though not a dominant force in the car market by any means, Proton has come a fair way since its introduction to our shores with a considerable improvement on the models of the past.

I got handed the keys to the Proton Prevé GXR which has pricing that starts from $22,990 while it also comes in a base model GX auto for around $6k less.

The turbocharged engine is rather noisy even inside the cabin and is ever present during the ride. The turbo on the other hand is not so noticeable, not that it doesn’t provide extra grunt insomuch as it helps the 103kW/205Nm engine to an normal performance level.

Having said that, the acceleration is acceptable and the ride and suspension are smooth and comfortable. Braking is very soft though and the steering is a little unsteady and quite heavy (similar to the Proton Exora).

The fuel economy however, was a tad high for a car this size; I couldn’t get it below 10.2L/100km in just over a week behind the wheel.

2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review.
2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review.

External styling isn’t the most modern with minor construction faults like a the misaligned windscreen wipers.

However the interior was slightly more impressive with its dark tones  and generally good fit and finish. Glossy black panels run along the dash and doors giving the Prevé a more stylish quality.

Seats are lined with a tough fabric which looks durable  but and doesn’t take away from the comfort.

A/C controls consist of the basic three round dials which are smooth to turn and the rest of the dash is similarly uncomplicated.

2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review.
2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review.

Gauges are clear and simple along with the straightforward driver info and I was a particular fan of the large buttons on the steering wheel controls that are nicely rounded and nice to the touch.

The Prevé GXR comes equipped with a good range of features including push button start, paddle shifters, cruise control, Bluetooth, reversing sensors, but marks deducted for no reversing camera.

USB and SD card inputs are located on the Blaupunkt touchscreen which has many menu choices and is easy to navigate but isn’t as responsive as it could be.

Storage is pretty standard throughout. A nice touch is the receptacle near the gear stick isn’t exposed and has sliding hatch to cover it. The boot is nice and deep with plenty of space.

2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review.
2015 Proton Prevé GXR Review.

One minor grievance I had was with the folding mirrors that only open out after start moving. Although you can open them with the manual button on the door this is less convenient and a safety concern especially when reversing.

Overall the Prevé GXR is quite an acceptable offering from Proton for a small sedan but with so many other cars in this category it faces some tough competition for the consumer dollar. I’ll leave that decision up to you.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Proton Prevé GXR

Engine: 1.6 litre turbo petrol producing 103kW and 205Nm

Transmission: CVT automatic

Warranty: 5 Years/150,000km

Safety: Five Stars

Origin: Malaysia

Price: From $22,990




2 Comments

  1. Wait for the turbo and engine to mature . To “season” it try gunning the pedal to the metal. After the 1st 5k kms, the difference will be highly noticable.

  2. To be honest, Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0GT is sluggish and feels so “floaty” on tight corners. On acceleration, the lancer gets wipe out by the preve. Maybe the Preve’ in Australia has been tuned down unlike in Malaysia. Where when the car states it has “turbo” it has to sprint. I had test the version before the ECU update/remap, it was sluggish as hell. But after the update was done, it really glides prompting to get it there and then.
    Need the update Simon?

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