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Proton Exora Review 2014 GX People Mover Reviews Prices Australian…

21 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Proton Exora Review 2014 GX People Mover Reviews Prices Australian…
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Vehicle Style: People mover

Price: $25,990 (plus on-roads)

Engine/trans: 103kW/205Nm 1.6 turbo petrol 4cyl

Fuel Economy claimed: 8.3 l/100km | tested: 8.5 l/100km


Touted as Australia’s cheapest seven-seat people-mover, the Proton Exora promises plenty of space for your dollar.

But, there’s a tradeoff. While the value equation is good, the quality isn’t quite there.

We spent a week in the base model Exora GX and while there were certainly things to like, it wasn’t all roses.

Quality: From the moment you settle into the Exora’s driver’s seat, it’s obvious that cabin quality has suffered under Proton’s efforts to keep cost low.

There are plenty of poorly-finished plastics with jagged moulding lines, the urethane steering wheel feels hard and nasty, the dash plastics are hard and so are the door trims.

Comfort: Front seat comfort though isn’t too bad. There are fold-down armrests and a tall seating position that affords a clear view of the road ahead, and over-the-shoulder vision isn’t bad either.

Note though that the steering column adjusts only for tilt, not reach.

The second row slides fore and aft and the flat floor means having three across the bench is a realistic proposition (though the Exora’s width means it’s best that they’re slim-hipped).

And, at this price, the roof-mounted DVD entertainment screen is a surprise and means backseaters can be easily entertained on long trips.

The third row is pretty lacklustre though. Yes, there are roof-mounted vents to keep your two rearmost passengers cool, but the seats themselves have no headrests and the base cushioning is much too soft.

Third-row legroom is also lacking unless you push the middle row all the way forward, and even young children won’t be comfortable back there for long.

Equipment: The base model GX has power windows, power mirrors, manual air-conditioning and steering wheel-mounted controls for its audio system. Bluetooth phone integration is also standard, but there’s no audio streaming.

Both Exora models come standard with a roof-mounted DVD player, which can also read media from an SD card or USB key. For many family buyers, this may be the Exora’s trump card.

Note: GXR leather trim shown.

Storage: With the 50/50 split third-row seats raised, there’s enough room for a normal amount of shopping bags. Drop them and luggage capacity swells significantly.

With the two rearmost rows folded down you get a mostly flat luggage area that can swallow up quite a bit of cargo.

You’ll find a retractable bag hook in the front passenger footwell, as well as two gloveboxes.

There are a large number of other storage nooks dotted around the cabin too, and even third row passengers have some storage space of their own (as well as a cupholder each.

Driveability: The Exora is available with one engine and one transmission: a 103kW/205Nm turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol four and a continuously-variable automatic gearbox (CVT).

The engine is surprisingly strong, and copes well even with a load of passengers aboard. Though it’s got ‘only’ 205Nm, it’s available all the way from 2000-4000rpm – the part of the rev range you’ll spend the most of your time in.

The CVT is less impressive.

It’s slow to respond when accelerating from a standing start, indecisive when faced with hills and reluctant to kick down. It’s also very, very noisy.

Refinement: The Exora’s tinny construction and relative lack of sound-deadening doesn’t do it any favours in terms of refinement.

The cabin is loud and boomy at highway speeds, and the CVT makes a hell of a racket when it’s working hard.

Even at a light cruise there’s drivetrain noise aplenty, with a slight whine becoming evident around 100km/h. It sounds like the differential, and we hope it’s normal.

Ride and Handling: The Exora’s suspension is definitely directed toward the ‘comfort’ end of the spectrum, and so it should be.

The 16-inch rolling stock provides a supple ride over poor roads, and though the torsion beam rear axle isn’t exactly sophisticated, it does the trick in the Exora.

The steering is ponderous around dead-centre though, and it’s a chore to pilot along anything resembling a curvy road. For suburban duty though, the Exora rides well.

Braking: Ventilated discs up front, solid discs at the rear. A simple set up, but it works fine in the Exora.

ANCAP rating: 4-Stars: this model scored 26.37 out of 37 possible points.

Safety features: The Exora gets stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, three-point seatbelts for all passengers (pretensioning up front) and dual front and front side airbags.

Curtain airbags are not available on the Exora.

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