Proton Persona R3
Name: The 800 a.k.a The Blacky
Manufacturer: Proton Malaysia
Model: Persona H/Line (2008), T.Black
Member of: The Persona Club Malaysia
Member ID: TPCC 0419
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Proton Satria Neo video road test
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
Quite a few people asked me what it was and seemed surprised when I said
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.