Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Not many sedans under $20k look nearly as sure-footed as the Persona; attractive 15” alloy wheel design.
Not so good The Persona’s shape isn’t likely to inspire a new design direction for the automotive industry.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Great features: trip computer, climate-control air conditioning and rear parking sensors on a $17k sedan is very impressive! Driver's instruments are all easy to read. Rear seat folds down - opening up an already large 430L boot for carrying extra-long loads. Roomier than similar-priced Supermini sedans.
Not so good Too much hard plastics used (although this does keep the price down); choice of seat fabric design is a little dated; steering lacks reach adjustment (but not many sub-$20k vehicles do); small glove box and fiddly-sized buttons on the centre console.
Performance

Performance

Good The 5-speed manual has a precise feel and the engine responds smoothly throughout its rev range.
Not so good 1.6L 'Campro' four cylinder engine would benefit from an increase in bottom-end torque to truly match the ride & handling - especially with four or five people on board.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good "Lotus Tuned Suspension" isn’t just a marketing catch cry – the Persona is a decent handler, staying flat through the corners yet still offering a smooth ride; steering has good accuracy. Multi-link rear suspension ensures handling advantages over similarly priced Barina, Rio and Yaris sedans.
Not so good Excessive wind noise at highway speeds.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Low pricing undercuts most Small Class competitors by thousands. Low fuel consumption. Much-improved build quality over previous models from the Malaysian brand.
Not so good No optional side or curtain airbags or ESP.