Since its launch in September 2014, the amount of Proton Iriz on the road today looks to be steadily increasing. With prices starting from RM 41,077 for the basic 1.3 Standard all the way up to RM 61,691 for the 1.6 Premium and combined with charming looks it’s not easy to dismiss the Iriz.
The 1.3 delivers 94 hp and 120 Nm of torque, while the 1.6 produces 107 hp and 150 Nm of toque. Both drives the front wheels, via a choice of either a 5-speed manual or a CVT. We got our hands on the range-topping 1.6 Premium and a mid-spec 1.3 Executive for a closer look and while both might look the same at first glance, there are a few differences to set them apart.
Starting from the front, the heavy nose shares the same dual grille design and halogen headlamps. On the 1.3 the Proton wings are finished in matte silver but on the 1.6 it’s chromed. The lower side “intakes” are also different, on the 1.3 it’s blanked out while on the 1.6 it’s adorned with a pair of LED DRL. The front skirting are identical but on the 1.6 they’re finished in dual tone, and same goes to the side skirts as well.
Moving to the side, the wheels are the obvious giveaway. The 1.3 is fitted with a six-spoke 14-inch alloys covered in 175/65 R14 Sime Tyres Synergy M3 whilst the 1.6 is wearing a hibiscus-inspired 15-inch rims wrapped in 195/55 R15 Sime Synergy M5. The electrically-operated door-mounted side mirrors are the same with integrated turn indicators but on the 1.6 they gain powered folding capability. Additionally, the window frames on the 1.6 are finished in matte black, as opposed to the body coloured window frames on the 1.3.
Finishing it off at the back, both variants look similar (apart from the badges) but on the 1.6 Premium you can spot the tiny reverse camera on top of the rear number plate holder, and the roof spoiler sports a different design from the 1.3 Executive. Both bumpers are garnished with a diffuser except that on the 1.6 it’s painted in a matte dark brown.
Keyless entry is featured on the 1.6 Premium where you can spot the tiny rubberised button on the front door handle to lock and unlock the car. Stepping inside, the 1.3 and 1.6 are differentiated by trim. In the 1.3 Executive you get fabric seats, basic head unit that supports Bluetooth connectivity, dual USB ports, dual front airbags, and all round power windows.
The 1.6 Premium adds leather upholstery, audio controls on the steering wheel, Android-based 6.2-inch touch screen head unit with GPS navigation, and extra four airbags. It also gets a push start button unlike the 1.3 that requires a jack knife key. Other than that both offers exactly the same storage compartments and 60/40 split-folding rear seats with ISOFIX mounts.
The Iriz appears to be a great value for money especially the 1.6 Premium variant with best-in-class safety equipment, but how is it like to drive? Check out the full review here, and don’t forget to watch GC & Jenn’s adventure with the Iriz to the heart of Malaysia!
Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT
Iriz 1.3 Executive Manual
Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT & Iriz 1.3 Executive Manual