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I just clocked 16,000km after owning it for about 8.5 months. I like the looks of the car, both interior and exterior. The LED headlamp is very bright during nighttime. The car is wide for a B-segment car and seating 3 adults at the rear isn't too cramped.
The car rides comfortably and has overall good sound insulation (except for the front door wind noise). The interior design is fantastic and overall build quality is not bad. The 148hp engine produces good power and the torque is more than enough for daily drives.
Lastly, the stock Giti Comfort tyres has terrible wet grip.
The ATLAS OS UI is absolute crap with no significant functions and is extremely laggy. Besides, the Bluetooth doesn't connect to my phone automatically, and really annoys me to pair it manually every single time. The reverse cameras are laggy as well.
The speakers are bad and not loud enough, cars at this price point all have better speakers than X50.
The interior started to produce rattling noises around the dashboard areas and B pillars, the interior "finish" is ok but the "fit" could be better.
The gearbox is just slow during low speed and sometimes it produces some weird "tak, tak" sound while going slow and reverse. Another thing is during reverse, it's just too slow and doesn't creep and once u step on the throttle the car will lurch forward. It's very hard to maneuver on inclined parking spots, the car either creeps too slow for the car to stick out or just lurch forward and you'll risk hitting motorbike or incoming traffic.
The fuel consumption for MPI engines is only marginally acceptable but you can never say it's fuel efficient.
The interior door handle design is definitely not appreciated, it feels too cheap, easy to break, and trap your fingers sometimes.
The engine does rattles and you can feel that when accelerating at low speeds. You can also feel the vibration on the steering wheel while driving.
1. Better after-sales service. I've been to a service centre near Setapak for service and pointed out the B-pillar rattles, air-cond noise in the cabin, and gearbox "tak tak" sound. All I get after 4 hours of minor service is everything ticked "normal".
2. Better stock tyres for Standard and Executive variants, the stock tyres have terrible wet grip.
3. At least AEB and Blind Spot Monitoring for Executive and Premium variants.
4. More supporting seats especially on lumbar and thigh areas.
5. Spare parts problems still persist, and owners having problems with insurance claims and parts shortages.
6. Laggy reverse cameras.
7. Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto should be a standard in this day and age.
8. Improve on build quality of your cars. My car starts to have rattles at 5000km.
For now, after travelling about 6000 kms in a short span of 3 months, I've gotten quite used to driving the X50. Interior space is also pretty good, giving ample knee and headroom to both the front and rear passengers.
The winning factor for me during my test drive was the comfort. As someone who ferries my family around (elderly), it's amazing comfort!
The noise insulation is good. It soaks up bumps really well, and the overall fit and finish is great for something of this price (but more on this later)
The air cond is typical Proton affair, being able to cool the car effectively in hot Malaysian weather as well. The rear blowers really add good overall cooling effect for the rear passengers too.
I really do love the overall looks of the car as well, it really does rival some cars that a markedly more expensive than it, especially in the colour I've chosen which is silver. It looks quite elegant, and being executive variant, the black seats and interior furnishing adds to that classy look! I might even say I prefer this look much more over the brash red interior of the flagship.
The gear selector and steering wheel (both major touch points in the car) feels really good and all the other stalks and buttons are nicely weighted and with really good tactility. It does make being in the X50 feel quite special, and you don't feel too shortchanged looking at the cockpit day in and day out
But here comes the things I've grown to dislike over the past few months of owning the car. I can see now why it is so much cheaper than the competition, while being able to still provide so much kit. Perhaps I'm unlucky, but luck can only get you so far.
First it's the terrible ACOTECH HU. Boy, that thing is slow, laggy, and the display is just atrocious (it is so much better in the premium variant). While the small display doesn't bother me much, but the contrast, brightness and general functionality does.
Imagine, my Bluetooth doesn't autoconnect to the HU every time I start my car. Not only that sometimes my phone outright refuses to pair with it, so I have to re-pair it. I do this every single time I get in, and out of the car. Really ticks you off after some time.
Then there's the tinny sound quality from the god awful speakers. The saga sounds immensely better, something well under half the price! Almost unforgivable.
Not enough with that, the door lock/unlock sensor pad area thing is the most hopeless I have seen thus far in my car ownership journey. It is just slow and unresponsive at times. You have to hold it just right to lock it as well. What a weird application of a well known tech
While the steering feels great to hold, it is not so great to use. Want to quickly reduce your HU volume? Too bad, just holding volume down has significantly lag from the moment you click it down, until the volume actually goes down. Most people don't notice this during their test drive (me included)
The seats while they have great room, isn't the most supportive especially the underthigh supports. I'm only 174 cm tall and I'm already having trouble especially seated at the back. Too bad, the seats do look great, but the beauty isn't skin deep
Rattling is slowly beginning to creep in too, just shy of 6000 kms in. I hope it doesn't get too bad. For now it is still bearable but it is sad to see the quality isn't all that hyped about.
Another oddity is the engine rattle. Yes it's a 3 cylinder, but I've also owned other makes before such as a B38 engine and that has nary a rattle from the engine bay. This just sounds like a truck! And yes, occasionally you do get the rumble permeating through the cabin, but not a significant amount. Saying there's zero rattle or vibrations is definitely an oversell in my books
The rattle gets worse somehow when you're accelerating at slow speeds, especially when you're pulling away after using touch n go at the tolls. It's very prominent and sounds worrisome
The gearbox too is not too ideal, losing its creep ability in reverse and feels outright dangerous at times. Feels like an unengaged clutch, and the car just rolls forwards when you're trying to reverse uphill. It can be quite frustrating to gently manoeuvre too, but this happens sometime
Speaking of things that don't always happen, are the odd quirks and bugs of the BCM. One few many times the EPB decide to not let up upon engaging the throttle in D (yes my seatbelts were on), and after several coaxing of the throttle, the EPB is suddenly let go. Weird.
Honestly, I feel quite shortchanged over the initial promises of the car. The short 3 year warranty on critical parts is concerning as well (a turbocharger is apparently a wear and tear part, and here you have Chery giving 10 year warranties on their engines)
Gladly for me, I took a 5 year loan on this so I might swap it out before the warranty runs out
There's just so many little quirks and oddities that made this into a regrettable purchase for me. Such a great looking product with such potential. Too bad it isn't for me. Maybe it will be for you, but tread warily
-Good value for money, feels premium for the price range
-Easy to drive, suitable for all kind of drivers and experience level
-Relatively spacious backrow with ample leg room
-Good boot space for its size
-Nicely tuned suspension (with the correct tyre pressure) that is comfortable to sit in and solid enough to deal with Malaysia roads
-Wind noise is obvious after around 80km/h.
-Fuel consumption is not great.
The car is smooth, comfortable and give you the luxurious and sporty feel. I would say seems like a perfect car
1. Petrol consumption is ridiculous.
2. Steering wheels audio buttons. When you press next it scans the radio and not change to the next saved channel.
3. The screen/touch screen/infotainment head unit is rubbish. Lags, not user friendly and crashes.
1. Petrol consumption
2. Infotainment head unit. Make it better.
3. Steering wheel controls need to be improved.
Car handle quite well during high speed cruise
Wind noise when cruising above 120kph
No android auto ( proton stock ui not user friendly)
Boot space is small to fit balik kampung trip
Been using for 2 month battery dead & power window not working ( claim warranty left car 3 day at SC to solve )
Improve after sale service lack of sparepart & to fix certain defect you have put at SC for certain amount of day to rectify the problem
Head unit UI
After sale service ( SC keeps giving lame excuse when you problem with your car )
Sparepart are hard to come by
Small boot space
interior looks nice, but too many plastics. Rattling sound from dashboard and boot appear within 1 year usage. Planning to have a check on June 23 to see what are the issues.
Service centres are coupled with inexperienced mechanics. Been to 3 SCS for some strange noise from front wheels area but one told me it is engine characteristics, second one said couldn't find the source and last one told me to wait until the noise become louder or something broken only to come back. Kinda frustrated having to hear the noise all time while driving but no resolution available from the SC.
Comfortable to sit in long journey (wind noise will share in cons)
Love the headlight height control
Good visibility through rear view mirror
Good Windshield design, sometime i dont even turn on viper during rain
Good stability and control
Decent speed even in eco mode
Love the interior design
Perfect steering size and seat
Decent aircond coverage
Trully hate the wind noise
Stock tire is noisy
Very poor side mirror field of view, even at driver side alot of blindspot and blindspot monitoring is not only helpful but very subtle and hard to notice
When folding the side mirror, the sound it male like it going to fall off anytime - scary
Horrible GUI, Bluetooth wont connect auto everytime, no option to choose folder in USB, horrible built in maps.
Proton apps to start car is like roullette, sometime can, most of the time cannot even in good line coverage
Most importantly, worse fuel consumption for a modern car and im a careful driver who makes less braking and rarely hard accelerate from standstill
PLEASE IMPROVE ALL PROTON SERVICE CENTER
Side view mirror
Everthhing in GUI
Value for money
Quality interior for its segment
Service is reasonable
They have fixed the leggy screen when reversing
No regrets buying x50 for daily use.
Why people complain wind noise? I think my unit has no problem with wind noise.
-Sensitive sensors. Had problems with parking sensor error just appearing for no reason and disappeared.
-No Apple car play nor android auto
-Very thin paint
Very powerful car and good performance given in this price tag. Tons of nice specs and tech in the car. Cabin size is large enough for a family.
Loud wind noise even only cruising at low speed. The engine sound like a diesel truck. The location of opening your is at a very weird/ lousy placement. You may hurt your wrist easily by opening the boots it self.
To improve NVH of the car and most importantly, bring in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
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