Well, the new Proton Prevé (means, to prove) was launched recently and it is only natural that one tries to compare it with other makes and models. So, here it is. We have taken the Premium variant of the Prevé and put it into a busy fight with the Toyota Vios G, Honda City E, Volkswagen Polo Sedan, Ford Fiesta 1.6L Sedan LX, Mazda 2 Sedan, Kia Forte 1.6L EX and Hyundai Elantra 1.6 AT Standard. The basis for choosing these are because they have a 1.5 / 1.6-litre engine, which are below RM 100k. There are also 2 segment of cars in it as well. Proton Prevé is in the C-segment. Check out the jump for the spec comparison and comments!
Let’s be honest. The Prevé offers a value for money package for a C segment car (you could also argue that, without the National Automotive Policy and punitive taxes on certain makes as a result, cars would have been cheaper, but that is another story for another day). I particularly like the turbocharged engine, which means that maximum torque is available from slightly above idling. This helps in overtaking and pick up maneuvers greatly. You may have also noticed that the Prevé is the heaviest of the lot.
Personally, I am not a fan of CVT as I think it saps the fun out of driving. On my scale of personal preference for transmission, manual is on top while CVT is at the bottom. It is also interesting to note that, in terms of passive safety (devices), Prevé again has the most of the lot. Proton also gives 5 years warranty to the Prevé, to prove (no pun intended) that it has changed. Only time will tell.
Editor’s note: The lineup of cars have been segregated according to segments and addition of Ford, Mazda and VW are thrown into the picture as well. As mentioned, we know for a fact that if not because of biased tax towards non national cars, cars would have been cheaper. There is nothing that we consumers can do about this policy, but do take this up with your elected MPs.