Car review: Proton X50 test drive.
“It was my goal to feel the successful, career driven, and motivated mid-30-year-old woman that I am and get myself into a vehicle that embodied that. I needed a vehicle that would cater to the needs of my own, my 3 kids and my husband. Enter the Proton X50 – one-half of Proton’s new flagship SUVs.
As a career woman, always on the road, I was looking for a vehicle that made me feel safe, offered me features that I could enjoy, that allowed me great fuel efficiency. I saw that PROTON SOUTH AFRICA had just launched the new PROTON X50 and I fell in love instantly.
On my Proton X50 test drive, I experienced everything promised. Beautiful dual-toned leather seats, a steering wheel that fitted perfectly in my hands, and a sunroof really set the tone for what my driving experience would be like.
I immediately noticed the power in the drive. It was smooth but it definitely had a kick to it. I went from Normal mode, Eco mode, and to Sport mode to really get a good feel of them all. The difference between all the modes is really remarkable but, in all modes, the drive remained excellent.
I moved the steering wheel from normal to sports, and that was comfortable in both drives. I enjoy how easy and convenient every change of mode is in the PROTON X50.
As we all know, the roads are not the smoothest with potholes, bumps and bends, but what I have found and what I have heard many people say who have driven the flagship SUVs, PROTON X50 or PROTON X70, is that the suspension is absolutely incredible handling the road with such remarkable control. Both cars have Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which stabilizes the car in bad weather and on bad roads, which means that you are not oversteering.
I realized how good a driver I am (without tooting my own horn) when near the end of my test drive, I heard a beeping sound. I asked what that was about and it was the lane departure warning as I had gone into an empty lane without indicating. For fun, I did it again. Not only does the PROTON X50 have lane departure assist but it also has ‘Lane Keep Assist’ kind of, subtly, pulls you back into what you are in.
The best was saved for last. I got to experience Auto Park Assist. I remember being a child and saying to my brother, “imagine a car that could park itself”. Well, now I am driving one! With a touch of a button, my PROTON parked itself! What an exciting feature!
How could I forget, since getting my very own Proton car – the PROTON X50, my boys love the “Hi Proton” feature? A voice-activated system does a lot for you, like opening the sunroof, opening the windows, turning on the music, and other fun features.
I love my PROTON X50, I love the space, the features and the performance.” Get in touch with Proton for your next Proton X50 test drive.