This is a sporty little hatchback with a lot going for it, not least its looks and Lotus-tuned chassis which make it good fun to drive. Itâs well equipped and the 1.6 litre engine has enough go in it to please the sort of buyer it will attract
As you may know, Proton bought Lotus in 2003 which gave it access to some of the worldâs finest chassis tuning engineers and the results shine through in the Satria Neo. Show it a series of twisty bends and it will put a grin on your face like few other hatchbacks. It handles very well indeed yet also rides well, firm but nicely composed over bumps. Certainly the chassis is the carâs strongest suit.
As the `neoâ part of the name suggests, this is a revised version of the car and among the improvements has been a programme to make is more refined and quieter on the road.
There is a choice of two engines, a 1.3 or 1.6 with the bigger one also being available with the option of an automatic gearbox. I had the 1.6 and itâs reasonably potent with 111 bhp
Still and all I did like the Proton. The styling works for me and it seems for others too. At the front there is a distinctive headlamp shape which Proton refers to as `tiger eyeâ projector lamps, the alloy wheels sit under flared arches and at the back the Exhaust tailpipe pokes out in the middle of the valence.
Quite a few people asked me what it was and seemed surprised when I said Proton
The cabin is a little bit small and I found headroom to be quite restricted but the car is well equipped. There is blue backlighting on the dials, an MP3 compatible radio/CD and Bluetooth for hands-free mobiles. Air conditioning comes as standard so it is not a bad package.
I spent a week with the car and couldnât help but like it, even while wishing for a slightly nicer engine. The chassis and the handling are excellent, it looks sporty and the equipment level is generous.
Proton Satria Neo
Car tested 1.6 GSX Â£9,595
0 to 60 11.5 seconds
Top speed 118 mph
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
CO2 157 g/km
Insurance Group 7
Service intervals 12 months/9,000 miles.
6 Peoples Reactions to the CRAZY 900hp 3Dx Evo
We had a blast giving people rides in the Evo, even had a guest driver when
we gave Miss Thai Thai a ride after her photo shoot! See what people
thought about the car, caught a lot of people off guard.
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Peugeot 206 GTi vs Proton Lotus GTi - With Richard Hammond
Richard Hammond compares two hot-hatches - the up market Peugeot 206 GTi,
and on the lower end of the budget - the Proton Lotus GTi. He tests both
car's performance and handling and weighs up both of their pro's and con's
to see if price makes a big difference when it comes to performance.
Mazda RX8 vs. My Satria neo
my car vs a stock RX8 Type-e
the race starts quite late (1min 39sec) due to my friends lack of knowledge
on how to operate a camera phone..enjoy
FIRST DRIVE: PROTON Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing
There was a torrential downpour the evening that Ignition.my had the
opportunity to test drive the recently launched Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus
Racing. Launched in conjunction with Lotus' return to Formula 1 this year,
it really is a very special and very limited edition of only 25 cars. It's
a brilliant car, what a performance Proton Satria Neo should be: good
spread of power and strong acceleration, fun handling and strong brakes,
and aggressive race-refugee styling.
Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing Edition
BadBoyBen pays a visit to Proton's motorsport division - R3, to check out
the very limited edition R3 Lotus Racing Proton Satria Neo before it is
delivered to buyers and has a chat with head of R3 Tengku Djan Ley and
Suriaya Kumaran, R3's Project Manager.
PROTON SAGA SV 1.3L (Super Value)*
A new Proton model variant has been introduced -- as intimated, it's
Saga-based, although it has a new suffix. The Proton Saga SV was officially
launched at the Proton Edar Platinum Showroom in Mutiara Damansara.
The Saga SV, the acronym standing for Super Value, becomes the cheapest
Proton currently available. A Proton spokesman said it is not meant as a
replacement for the FLX Standard variant, which from RM38,361 (manual,
solid), comes with additional minor kit such as first aid kit, safety
triangle, tinted windows, luggage tray, door visor and trunk lid cover.
Incidentally, the more eagle-eyed will notice that the car features both
FLX and SV badging on the tailgate. The car is part of the Saga FLX model
range, but will simply be known as the Saga SV.
To those curious as to the whereabouts of the "FLX+" that was part of the
ASEAN NCAP phase one testing programme, it's likely an internal code to
designate the improvements made to the range, of which the Saga SV is part
The car is ASEAN NCAP three-star rated, and features a number of safety
improvements. It now features two airbags, and both front and rear impact
aspects have been upped -- the front features a new bumper beam and
additional reinforcement, while the rear bumper gets packed with foam.
Also on, a reinforcement "V" bar in the rear bulkhead that separates the
boot from the cabin. The front door also features side impact reinforcement
bars, while the centre pillar has also been strengthened. All these safety
improvements have been implemented across the entire Saga FLX range, with
some being quietly introduced some months back.
The rear centre lap seatbelt has been replaced with a three-point seatbelt,
and the front seatbelts now have pre-tensioners. The Saga SV also features
a child restraint anchorage for the rear seats.
No mechanical changes to the powertrain -- the car is equipped with the
same 94 hp and 120 Nm 1.3 litre CamPro IAFM mill as found on the rest of
the FLX range. Equipment on the Saga SV includes a single-DIN CD player,
reverse sensor and 13-inch steel wheels.
On the exterior, the SV goes the same route as the FLX Standard, with
unpainted door handles and side mirror covers and no fog lamps. The rear
garnish is now unpainted while the tail pipe finisher has been removed.
With that, let's get to the pricing -- the Proton Saga SV is available in
both manual and CVT versions; the manual goes for RM33,438 (solid) and
RM33,888 (metallic), while the CVT is priced at RM36,438 (solid) and
RM36,888 (metallic), all on-the-road with insurance. That's almost RM5,000
cheaper than the FLX Standard 1.3, the previous entry-level Saga.
At the launch, the company took great pains to reiterate the point made by
Proton deputy CEO Datuk Lukman Ibrahim,, which was that the Saga SV's low
price was achieved through value analysis and engineering, with no cut in
safety, quality and comfort. Proton said that the new price is not a margin
cutting exercise, nor is it a promotion, discount or a rebate.
Six colours are available for the car, these being Solid White, Elegant
Brown, Tranquility Black, Fire Red (previously exclusive to the Saga 1.6
SE), Genetic Silver and Blue Rock. The Proton Saga SV comes with a
three-year/100,000 km warranty.