Proton Impian (2001-2008)

The chances are you've never even heard of the Impian and you've probably never seen one either; virtually none ever found owners in the UK. However, if you're skint and you need family transport, the Impian makes a great used buy thanks to decent reliability, plenty of space and generous equipment levels. Just expect looks of bemusement rather than admiration when you're driving.

Key Dates

7/01: The Impian is introduced with a 1.6-litre Mitsubishi-sourced four-cylinder engine. There's 102bhp on tap and a choice of standard or X trim levels.

9/04: Two new trim levels are introduced; the GLS and the GSX.

4/05: A facelift brings a new design of alloy wheels for the GLS and GSX (now 16in instead of 15in) plus extra standard equipment.

11/06: The GLS and GSX both get a power boost to 110bhp.

Proton Impian (2001-2008) Checklist

  • See what state the exhaust is in; it can fracture or even snap altogether as it's not especially well supported along its length.
  • The heater controls can jam, so make sure it all works properly.
  • The build quality is none too hot, which is why some cars have lots of squeaks and rattles.
  • The seats aren't especially supportive and the driving position isn't quite right, so make sure you can get comfortable.
  • Rear visibility is poor, so check the car's back end for scrapes.
  • The remote central locking sometimes refuses to activate on all doors.

We Like

  • Handling
  • Ride
  • Value
  • Equipment levels

We Don't Like

  • Hardly any around
  • No diesels
  • So-so interior
  • Only saloons offered