Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Arriving in Australia back in February 2006, Proton's compact-sized Savvy hatch is a capable, well designed little secret. Although it's a compact design, the interior is anything but compact. Headroom is generous and legroom is ample.
Not so good The Proton Savvy has what we call neutral styling, it's neither an award winner nor a lemon to look at.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The interior is basic but fits the purpose. Front head room is generous and the driving position is comfortable for average-sized occupants.
Not so good The rear is a tight squeeze for three optimistic passengers; but I can't imagine too many owners loading up three adults in the rear. The see-through front headrests are a thing of the past and the plastics could be improved.
Performance

Performance

Good Available in a Manual or Automated Clutchless Manual (Automatic) gearbox; the engine is quite zippy considering it's a 1.1 litre. The engine is sourced from Renault whom are very experienced in extracting lots of power from small engines.
Not so good The Proton Savvy has average fuel economy for a vehicle of this size.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The suspension is the pick of the Supermini field, designed and tuned by Lotus the sports car manufacturer. The ride is a tad firm but this is the sacrifice you make for the fine and nimble handling.
Not so good There is ambient tyre noise on the Savvy hatch which could be reduced by driving on a softer compound tyre.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good The low pricing undercuts most other Supermini competitors by thousands of dollars. This Proton Savvy has good build quality over previous models and some competitors.
Not so good No optional side or curtain airbags or ESP.