VIDEO: 2022 Proton Iriz and Persona facelift crash tested for ASEAN NCAP – 5-star safety ratings

Having announced the five-star safety ratings for the facelifted Proton Iriz and Persona last week, ASEAN NCAP has now released a video of the crash tests for the B-segment duo. As you can see, the agency used a Persona for its tests, although the results also applies to the Iriz due to their similar crash structures.

The car being used is of the base 1.6 Standard variant, as evidenced by the halogen headlights, lack of LED daytime running lights, body-coloured B-pillars and the smallest 15-inch alloy wheels. In the 40% offset frontal impact test, the sedan exhibited little to no deformation in the A-pillars, indicating that the survival space for the front occupants has not been compromised.

That much was alluded to in the test report, with ASEAN NCAP stating that the Persona provided adequate protection for the driver’s chest, although both dummies registered injury-causing forces to the lower legs. The car scored 14.68 points out of a maximum of 16 for adult occupant protection (AOP) and 15.20 points for child occupant protection (COP).

VIDEO: 2022 Proton Iriz and Persona facelift crash tested for ASEAN NCAP – 5-star safety ratings

As for the side impact test, the Standard model’s lack of curtain airbags (only offered on the Premium variant) would have counted against it. Still, the agency noted that the Persona provided good head protection and adequate chest protection, giving it 15.68 AOP points, the full eight COP points and two head protection technology (HPT) points out of a maximum of four.

Overall, the Persona (and Iriz) scored 32.31 points out of 36 for AOP, 42.92 points out of 49 for COP and 12.5 points out of 18 for the Safety Assist category. The cars received zero points for Blind Spot Technology (BST) and Advanced Safety Assist Technology (SAT), which is to be expected given that they are not offered with blind spot monitoring or any active safety features like autonomous emergency braking.

Still, the overall score of 84.13% was enough for the Iriz and Persona to be awarded the maximum five-star safety rating. The two cars were among the last to be tested under the 2017-2020 ASEAN NCAP protocol; the latest 2021-2025 protocol places a greater emphasis on active safety technologies, which probably would have affected the ratings of the Protons.

GALLERY: 2022 Proton Iriz facelift
GALLERY: 2022 Proton Persona facelift

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  • Green on Aug 12, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Malaysian Perodua and Proton already achieved very good Asean Ncap.

    other player who fail to follow up e.g Renault Kwid SUV, Datsun Go Hatchback, Hyundai Eon hatchback, easily not launching here due to comfirmed Gagal.

    # Malaysia Crash Test is quite matured by now
    # It’s time to focus Sustainability, Gas Emission and Consumption for moving forward, just like the developed country.

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  • Make Malaysia Great Again on Aug 13, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Certain writers might harp on the lack of active safety features, but simply results that could be offset by testing a higher range variant that comes with more safety specs.

    Here proton willing submits their base spec model and still scored 5 Stars, thereby assuring buyers of ANY variants they are assured of 5 star level safety. Yeah, other makes might have more features and they probably will score higher in the new 2021 ratings but how many of these car variant with the full safety feature are sold in comparison to lesser variants that are lesser equipped? Would this 5 Star with AEB results do justice to owners of lesser variants that comes without it?

    Maybe it is time ASEAN NCAP to mandate testing with the lowest variant sold or for makes to standardise a minimum safety feature level for new cars sold.

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  • MCOWFHtoolong on Aug 13, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Why still shouting 5 stars even use old protocol??we’re now in 2021..the title should indicate clearly 5 stars based on old protocol.stategy to blind up customer??sumore can paultan explain why it is 2022 persona?it launched in 2021 right?

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    • Lolwhut? on Aug 13, 2021 at 10:02 am

      The old standard is still current as the new standard not yet come into force.

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      • MCOWFHtoolong on Aug 13, 2021 at 3:35 pm

        still current??it is outdated dude…ativa was tested with the new protocol which more stringent compared to the so called persona protocol..i think none of p1 model tested with the new protocol..admit it that persona lack so many features especially AEB thing to get 5 stars…that what we should proud of… with european????..not even jaguh kampung try to compare with european….puiii…you got bad dream bro..wake up…(hahaha..glad to be basher to p1 buttheart-AKA keyboard warrior WFH)

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    • Why are European autobrands still churning out ICE cars despite the band on ICE in 2030? Like all things, timing is critical and Proton’s entries just before the 2021 protocol are enforced is well planned and strategised.

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  • Cyber on Aug 13, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Please align with EURO NCAP standards where the base-trimmed car for each model/line-up is used for testing to prevent car manufacturers from selectively equipping the complete safety kits only on the full-trimmed cars of the same model/line-up (i.e. basic two air-bags and no ESC for base-trimmed cars versus 6 air-bags with ESC for full-trimmed cars within the same model/line-up).

    Our lives are as valuable as the car manufacurers’ CEO’s.

    A step in the right direction hopefully.

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  • newme on Aug 13, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Did they send the X version to test just like how they did to Saga when it got 1 star?

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    • Safety First on Aug 13, 2021 at 11:02 am

      They could have follow another competitor and sent in an unknown spec variant for testing and scored maximum stars, but they didn’t. They relied on merit of their base variant.

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      • newme on Aug 13, 2021 at 4:41 pm

        Well, they have the history of doing it with Saga.

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  • Ben Yap on Aug 13, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    though it’s 5 stars safety, the design is 1 star. the looks and design is not proportionate.

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    • Brian on Aug 13, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      Ahh now I get why Ah Bengs in accidents typically suffers horrific injuries, becoz design is more important than safety.

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    • Potential buyer on Aug 14, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Even recent Honda city is lesser proportionate than previous gen due to give more rear legroom

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  • Sam Loo (ori) on Aug 13, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Buy toyota better.. Good rv

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