2009 Proton Jumbuck GLSi - Long Term Test
Once a jolly Jumbuck came to work for CarAdvice...
The CarAdvice office has this week received its latest long-term loan vehicle, this time one of Australia's cheapest cars, and indeed our cheapest ute, the Proton Jumbuck.
The top of the range Jumbuck GLSi will serve a dual purpose for the Melbourne crew over the next three months in not only providing us with a newsworthy transport, but in helping CarAdvice in our move to a new premises just south of the city.
The strut front / leaf rear suspension set-up is rather firm, but that's not unexpected, and though it's certainly not the most powerful commercial vehicle available - with a modest 64kW available - it does have enough motivation to keep things moving along provided the cogs are swapped efficiently.
Inside it's a rather basic and quite dated arrangement. Space isn't quite what I'd call generous, but given the vehicle's proportions that's hardly surprising.
Plastics fit and finish too is quite rough but nonetheless everything works rather well, even if I think I will have to adjust the headlight aim in the not too distant future.
The Proton Jumbuck is priced from $14,990 (RRP). Model as tested $16,990 (RRP).