My Proton Preve is black. Full spec CFE. It is named dSire.
It has been slightly more than a month since getting it. So I guess it is time for a complete review. At least from my point of view.
A bit of history though. Lolita was a 1.6 SOHC manual transmission Proton Waja and I've been driving it for about 8 years. So there will be quite a considerable comparison to it throughout this post.
The first time I set eyes on dSire, I thought "damn, this car is too macho looking to be named Lolita 2.0". I like its look. It is slightly higher than Lolita to the point that when I put one leg out of the cabin, my right toes are the only thing touching the ground.
Inside, the cockpit is impressive. Every button is well thought off and feels good pressing it. I don't feel that the buttons are "cheap looking" or "cheap feeling" as some people might think. The boot space is pretty huge. Backseat legroom is not bad. Even better than Lolita.
Now let's talk about gadgets. I might not be loaded with gadgets like a certain cartoon inspector, but dSire could possibly make a run for his money. With GPS, USB, CD player that plays MP3 and WMA, 2 charging outlets, and the one that impresses me the most, the option to remotely unlock only the driver door rather than unlocking all doors.
The auto light function is a bit irritating as shadows will fool it to activate full head lights in the middle of a sunny day. Auto wiper is pretty cool except that it is rather too effective. A slight shower and the wiper wipes like crazy. Basically not going at the correct speed. Nothing that can't be remedied by going to manual mode.
Auto gear. Part of the reason we decided to change car was Lolita was taking a toll on my leg especially during rush hour. Now? Right leg is complaining. Proton should have incorporated BMW's auto handbrake function!! Thank god my left is able to control the foot brake gracefully without stopping like we just hit a brick wall. Paddle shifters! I love it. Still getting use to it, but I love it nonetheless. A friendly reminder though, if you are using the paddle shifters to drop gear, make sure you hit more than once. It took me about 4 to 5 presses to get dSire to go into engine braking mode. Also, keep in mind, when traveling more than 90kmph, the car is actually on 7th gear already. It seems that the gear ratio is pretty low. I could not even feel the gear change if I was driving at my usual pace. Only with some aggresive driving would you feel the gear change.
ICE. In Car Entertainment. During our first visit to the Proton showroom, I managed to climb into the boot of a Preve to check out the back speakers. To my surprise, it is just a small magnet speaker. Right away, I have the thought of transferring Lolita's Earthquake speakers into dSire. But when dSire was delivered, it actually sounded OK. I mean, of course I had to adjust the bass and treble a bit, but overall, the sound is pretty good. My only gripe is that whenever I listen to high bass music which is practically every morning, my driver side window will shudder and shake despite closing the door and window tightly. I've managed to locate the loose door panel as the cause, but I guess I'll have to wait until my first trip to the service center to get it sorted out.
Oh! I have another gripe. The seat belt alert. It is so farking irritating. There should be a switch for me to turn it on and off. I have a right you know!! Worst still, to have it on the front passenger side as well. What the hell.... I've thinking if the censor can't be disabled, I'm going to have to cut out the speakers. This is KL, we don't wear seat belts!!
Fuel consumption is pretty weird at the moment. Some friends are saying the car is still new, so it is not accurate. I'm getting on average about 13 liters per 100km according to the on-board computer. Lolita used to make 400km on a full tank. dSire seems to be making 280ish km at the moment. I'm only on my 3rd full tank, so let's see how that goes.
I guess, I've covered all the concerns of an owner and a driver of the Proton Preve, but if I've left out any, please do drop me a line at the comments area and I'll try to fill in the blanks.
I know I didn't touch anything about the engine, hey, its an engine, what can I say? It looks cute? As long as its working, I guess I'm OK with it. Small intercooler for the turbo though. And I did encountered twice dSire had trouble starting. Felt like there wasn't enough fuel going into the chamber or misfiring spark plug. Let's see what the sifu say when it goes into the service center next weekend.
One thing I have to mention though, dSire is pretty tough. A Perodua Kelisa kissed it from the back and it had just a scratch. Deep one, but not as painful if there was a dent. Good job Proton! Now, if only you let me review the R3 kit for the Preve. Heh!