Proton for the Savvy buyer - PROTON SAVVY Car Review

Review

Added: 06 Apr 2009
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PROTON'S smallest car on sale in Britain is the pretty little Savvy supermini which comes with five doors, four seats and good equipment for much less than others.

It's great value for money in anyone's book, but doesn't match up to Japanese and European models in some ways.

There is only one model, a 1.2 available with automatic or manual gearbox, which has low emissions and high economy all for just £7,300.

I covered a good 200 miles and I found it comfortable most of the time and agile in the corners with a decent level of grip and fairly informative steering.

But although the engine gives plenty of zip when the pedal is pressed, it is too noisy and unrefined compared to most others in the class.

There is also a good deal of wind noise and road roar, which makes longer trips a bit of a chore.

Interior

It comes very well equipped, with emergency brake assist, CD stereo, parking sensors, twin front airbags, height adjustable driver's seat (but not the column), air con and alloys.

It also has a decent boot, with fold flat 50/50 split rear seats, remote locking and electric front windows.

FAST FACTS

Proton Savvy

Price: £7,295

Mechanical: 75bhp, 1,149cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox

Max speed: 98mph

0-62mph: 13.9 seconds

Combined mpg: 49

Insurance group: 4

CO2 emissions: 134g/km

BiK rating: 15%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

Marks: 8/10

Main rival: Chevrolet Matiz

Words: Peter Hayward

Keywords: Proton, savvy