I have had the car for almost 3 months and I am very happy with it. My particular Gen 2 is the high line model with leather trim and 17 inch mag wheels and is Midnight Blue in colour. Some points I really like:
The two toned black/beige interior, much nicer touch then the original one toned beige colour.
Boot space is very good and nice and deep.
Compared with my Ford Cortina this Gen 2 really soaks up the bumps and steers so smoothly.
I am getting about 11 kilometers per litre city driving which I think is reasonably good.
Seats are comfortable and I find sitting in the rear seat no problems for head room and I am 5'10. Some points I think could be improved:
Door pockets could be just that little bit longer in length, so my map booklet could sit more comfortably.
They could have made door pockets on the rear doors as there is plenty of room to add them there.
I don't mind about not having a glove box, but the shelf they give you could be a little bit deeper. I can't stick a folded A4 piece of paper without it sticking out from the shelf.
You can't really place anything on top of the dash as it all slopes down.
When you turn the lights on, everything glows red (instrument clusters, environmental controls, audio system and clock). Suggest they break it up and have say the environmental controls blue, the clock yellow or something to break it up and not be so bland.
I don't like how the boot has to 'slam' shut to lock. For safety reasons I think the remote boot release feature should come as standard in case you got your fingers caught.
Overall I am very happy to have bought it, performance wise its very good, might get it lowered so cornering will be better. I love the look and style of the car, and the instrument cluster layout and the fonts I find on Protons much more interesting then the standard Ford and Holden designs, which most of them look pretty boring. Highway driving very nice, and the car seems to kick in to a more responsive mode after fifteen to twenty minutes on the highway.
I would give this car one and a half thumbs up for the Gen 2.