You’ve seen how the updated 2017 Proton Iriz looks, and read the range of updates that have been performed both superficially as well as under the skin. Now, you can find out how it drives through our first impressions video right here.

Exterior changes are fairly minimal and include a new black grille garnish, plus a two-tone colour scheme that’s limited to the range-topping 1.6 Premium model. Inside, there’s new striped upholstery, a redesigned instrument cluster and gearlever from the Persona as well as new, less slippery floor mats. The Premium variant also gets a new touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone screen mirroring.

More importantly, Proton has made several improvements in terms of refinement, such as the reduction in the number of engine mounting points from four to three, a new exhaust system and higher-quality sound insulation. The engine control unit (ECU) and CVT transmission control unit (TCU) have also been retuned for quicker, more linear response – addressing some of the biggest complaints on the previous model.

So, have these updates actually worked? Has Proton excised all the annoying bugbears that blighted the otherwise impressive Iriz? Watch the video to find out.

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