Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Arriving in Australia in February 2007, the Satria Neo is one of the only true liftbacks on the market; developed using an all new chassis which was designed to take advantage of Lotus’ handling capabilities. Its 2-door hatch body style matched with its wide stance creates an aggressive persona.
Not so good Although it's a relatively well-rounded vehicle, it doesn’t have the same appeal as the previous generation Satria GTi 'Hot Hatch'.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The stylish interior is packed with an extensive features list (considering its price range): Blaupunkt MP3 audio system, ABS, dual front airbags, remote keyless central locking and reverse parking sensors. As well as the impressive feature list, the Satria Neo's interior is sporty and stirring.
Not so good Considering the hip room on offer in the rear seat, three seatbelts seems a little 'optimistic'.
Performance

Performance

Good Both the manual and the optional four-speed automatic transmissions are surprisingly quite smooth. Proton uses a 1.5L engine with 82kW of power.
Not so good For such a competitive market segment Proton only offers one choice of engine: the 1.5 litre CamPro four cylinder.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good It’s no surprise the Satria Neo is one of the best handling SUPERMINI cars on the market when the parent company Proton is the owner of Sports Car manufacturer and F1 team Lotus. Lotus' handling engineers got their hands nice and dirty when designing the Satria Neo's suspension system.
Not so good Lacks the refinement of the class best.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good We're told the current Proton dealer network is the best they’ve ever had in Australia. Proton has always been one of the most aggressive brands when it comes to pricing, so servicing costs and spare parts are competitive, if not cheaper, than other vehicles in this Supermini segment.
Not so good Proton don’t offer the biggest range of options or accessories, you may have to go aftermarket to further customise your Satria Neo.