Having experienced it on track and on the public highway, the facelifted Proton Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT continues to surprise us during this extended test drive. We scrutinised and dissected the little hatchback even further and found that this may be your best bang for your buck if you want a fun yet sophisticated city car.

The range-topping 1.6 Premium CVT as tested is powered by a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated VVT petrol engine offering 107 hp and 150 Nm of torque paired to a recalibrated Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for better refinement, response and efficiency.

Beyond the new looks and enhanced features, the improvements that Proton has done to the car goes skin deep. The Iriz may be old (first launched in 2014), but this 2019 facelifted model is still right up there with the competition, both national and non-national.

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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.