Proton Wira Review from UK and Ireland

2002 Proton Wira Li 1.3

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance67500 miles
Previous carHyundai Elantra


A much underrated motor



General Comments:

I'm genuinely mystified as to why these cars are rated so badly. I paid £600 for my Proton with service history and a year's MOT. In that time it hasn't cost me a single penny in unexpected repairs.

The car is basic, only having power steering as an option, but I can live without toys. Fuel economy is excellent; I can achieve just over 50 MPG on long journeys, which is amazing for an old 1300cc petrol engine allied to quite a large car, although I would prefer more torque for hills and overtaking.

The ride is a little crashy over bumps and potholes, but I find the seats comfortable for long trips and there is decent leg and head room, and the boot is also a good size. Visibility is superb all round due to the large glass area.

I have been all over the country in my Proton, and it has never let me down (six monthly services do help, but I do that with all my cars). It's also of no interest to thieves or vandals. I once left it unlocked overnight on a South London street, and it was still there the next morning.

The only reason I am selling is the cost of tax. Because of the age of the engine, it is quite a high polluter and the tax is a hefty £143 for six months, a figure that will only rise in future. A shame really, as it has been the cheapest and most reliable vehicle I have owned. The motoring websites and magazines that reviewed the Wira have either never driven it, or are just slaves to anything German; I can't think of any other reason why it is so maligned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2013

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review