A prom­ise well kept

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOTORING - Four-speed au­to­matic 110hp at 6,500rpm 148Nm at 4,000rpm Dual airbags, ABS and EBD RM45,388 OTR with­out insurance

IN line with the gov­ern­ment’s prom­ise to re­duce car prices af­ter the 13th gen­eral elec­tion, na­tional car man­u­fac­turer Pro­ton Hold­ings Ber­had has in­tro­duced two new, more af­ford­able vari­ants of ex­ist­ing mod­els, aimed at those look­ing for a de­cent sedan for less than RM50,000.

While the first of the two mod­els in­tro­duced un­der this ini­tia­tive was the Saga SV, the sec­ond model – the one that we re­viewed re­cently – is the Per­sona SV, which sim­ply means “Su­per Value”.

Avail­able as ei­ther a five-speed man­ual or a four-speed au­to­matic, the Per­sona SV, which is cur­rently the sec­ond most af­ford­able model in the Pro­ton sta­ble, also comes with a two-year or 50,000km war­ranty from the man­u­fac­turer.

The model we tested was the four-speed au­to­matic ver­sion, which sported the same colour as the Suprima S – At­lantic Blue. Based on the facelifted 2010 Per­sona El­e­gance, the SV vari­ant is pow­ered by the same 1.6L Cam­pro IAFM en­gine that kicks out 110hp and 148Nm of peak torque.

At a glance, the SV vari­ant looks al­most iden­ti­cal to the stan­dard Per­sona.

The only dif­fer­ence in terms of ex­te­rior fea­tures is that the SV does not come with door vi­sors, fog lamps, or a chromed ex­haust tip. Be­sides that, things are the same with the two vari­ants.

The SV even gets the same 15-inch tyres and rims.

The in­te­rior lacks leather, has no cen­tre con­sole stor­age com­part­ment and no steer­ing­mounted au­dio con­trol but­tons and the side-mir­rors have to be ad­justed man­u­ally.

How­ever, the au­dio sys­tem is sim­i­lar to the stan­dard Per­sona, where the head unit comes with CD, MP3, and USB con­nec­tiv­ity with de­cent sound qual­ity.

In terms of safety, the car sports dual air bags, front seat belt pre-ten­sion­ers, an anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem (ABS), elec­tronic brake dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD) and four disc brakes.

As far as the Per­sona SV’s driv­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics were con­cerned, it felt ex­actly the same as the stan­dard Per­sona, stay­ing true to the shared sus­pen­sion setup.

The car’s front gets MacPher­son struts, while the rear fea­tures multi-links with sta­bilis­ers.

With a price tag of about RM45,000, the Per­sona SV of­fers great value for money.

Be it safety, per­for­mance, looks or prac­ti­cal­ity, the Per­sona SV has it all.

The Per­sona SV has the com­plete pack­age — safety, per­for­mance, looks and prac­ti­cal­ity.

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