Proton S70 SS11 (2023-Present) Expert Review
7 February 2024
The Proton S70 marks a return to the C-segment sedan space at B-segment pricing, which is surely enticing to those considering established nameplates. With good road manners, a capable powertrain, a roomy interior, good practicality and competitive pricing, the S70 does many things right, but the questionable HMI might be a bit of chore for some to deal with.
The 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder delivers good mid-range performance perfectly suited for city driving and to get up to highway speeds, without overly intrusive noise and vibration. The accompanying seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission is smooth but could do with paddle shifters instead of being limited to the lever that has an unconventional interface.
Ride & Handling
Not the sportiest in terms of handling but provides sufficient assurance with controlled body roll and a precise steering, although there is a lack of steering feel. Ride is soft but not bouncy, while being compliant enough to make dealing with road imperfections a relatively comfortable affair.
Cabin is spacious and comfortable to be in, with plenty of legroom and headroom for passengers. Seats are accommodating and are powered for the driver seat, although with limited adjustability. Tyre noise does intrude at higher speeds.
Six airbags come as standard along with the usual array of passive systems, but advanced driver assistance systems such as AEB and adaptive cruise control are only fitted to higher-end variants.
No shortage of storage spaces inside the cabin, with plenty of spots to place items, and that is before taking account the generous boot volume, which can be expanded further by folding down the rear seat bench.
With a starting price of RM73,800, the S70 sounds like a great deal but this is for the base variant that lacks many of highlight features such as the ADAS suite and larger infotainment touchscreen. Even so, higher-end variants of the S70 with these features are still competitively priced, with the added benefit of being a larger car compared to established B-segment sedans of close pricing.