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Redefining Excellence: A Review of the Proton X90 Premium

  • Proton X90 Premium offers luxury and style with artificial leather interiors, traditional controls, and a 10-inch infotainment system.
  • Despite ample passenger space, the limited boot space and high fuel consumption may disappoint potential buyers.
  • The X90 impresses with its solid handling, comfort, and marginal improvements in performance, setting a new standard in SUVs.
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Lethabo Ntsoane

In a bustling market where space, power, and safety are paramount, Proton has boldly stepped into the ring with its latest offering: the Proton X90 Premium. This mid-size 7-seater SUV aims to not only meet but exceed expectations in a segment crowded with contenders like the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, Mahindra XUV700 AX7 L, and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.

Design and Interior: The Proton X90 Premium commands attention with its stylish exterior and premium finish. Inside, the interior exudes luxury with artificial leather adorning seats, door panels, and dashboard. Proton’s choice to incorporate traditional buttons and knobs for vehicle controls, rather than integrating everything into the infotainment system, offers a refreshing approach.

MaterialArtificial leather on seats, door panels, and dashboard.
ControlsTraditional buttons and knobs for vehicle controls.
Infotainment System10-inch display with the QDlink application.

Space and Comfort: While the Proton X90 Premium provides ample space for passengers, the same cannot be said for cargo. With the third row raised, boot space is minimal. However, the third row offers surprising comfort with enough headroom and legroom for two adults. Rear climate control functions and USB ports enhance the journey for all occupants.

Performance and Efficiency: Equipped with a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine paired with a 48-volt electric motor synergy system, the Proton X90 Premium promises improved efficiency and performance. The mild-hybrid system adds extra boost, resulting in marginal improvements in both areas. However, its fuel consumption of 10.1l/100km may disappoint those seeking greater efficiency from a hybrid SUV.

Driving Experience: Behind the wheel, the Proton X90 Premium impresses with its solid handling and comfort for all passengers. The 7-speed DCT gearbox ensures seamless gear shifts, enhancing the overall driving experience. Whether cruising on the open road or maneuvering through city streets, the X90 maintains composure and delivers a pleasurable ride.


The Proton X90 Premium makes a bold statement in the competitive mid-size 7-seater SUV segment. With its blend of style, comfort, and performance, it redefines excellence and raises the bar for its competitors. While it may have some drawbacks, such as fuel consumption and infotainment system issues, the X90 remains a compelling choice for those seeking a versatile and luxurious SUV experience.

Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo