ASEAN NCAP has just released the crash test assessment of the new 2022 Proton Persona and Proton Iriz. When the Proton Iriz was first introduced in 2014, it scored five stars too, but the scope of the testing was just on Adult Protection and Child Protection.
ASEAN NCAP applied the same tests to the Proton Persona in 2016 thanks to the models being identical and offer similar occupant protection systems. They also share similar designs and crashworthiness restraint systems.
Unlike the Perodua Ativa that was tested this year and assessed under the new 2021-2025 Protocol, the 2022 Proton Persona was actually tested back in 2020, hence it was subjected to the previous Protocol.
As such, the new Proton Persona was not required to have an assessment on items listed for Motorcyclist Safety such as blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beam headlamps, and pedestrian protection where the lack of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) would have affected its final marks under the latest testing protocol.
In terms of scores, the 2022 Proton Persona scored a very impressive 44.88 points for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), 21.90 for Child Occupant Protection, and 17.36 for Safety Assist Technology; earning it a five-star rating.
The high scores can be attributed to the high tensile steel used for the bodyshell that adds strength and rigidity without adding more weight.
Standard safety and driver aids in the new 2022 Proton Persona/Iriz include frontal airbags and seat-mounted side airbags (4 in total), electronic stability control, traction control, hill hold assist, and rear-seat Isofix with top tether anchorage.
The 2022 Persona/Iriz also features a heavily revised interior for better usability with added convenience features such as a front armrest with console box, five USB charging ports and N95 air-conditioning cabin filter.