Proton Satria Neo Review | Autocar

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Proton Satria

Neo review

The Satria Neo, a compact that’s claimed to be mildly was first introduced in 2007 so it’s hardly a new car by any stretch of the

Digital editor

The input has made to the chassis is very

Given that Proton Lotus it’s fitting the Satria’s chassis has benefitted the association with the British which should bode for its dynamics. According to Proton, the is the model that it produced to a “youthful and sporty” buyer, the car as “the ultimate hot hatchback.”

That last remark is best not dwelt upon. The Neo comes in two trim levels, GSX and each available with a five-speed manual or four-speed ’box.

In each case the is the same: a 1597cc petrol producing 111bhp at 6000rpm and ft at a relatively high 4000rpm. economy is 42.8mpg for the manuals and for the autos, with CO2 entering the at the rate of 157g/km or 177g/km

Step inside and the first that strikes you, literally, is the roof lining. shorter drivers will for headroom, and those nearing or, god forbid, those over will really struggle not to their forward vision by the top edge of the windscreen bisecting eyeline. It really is that

The seats, albeit leather and covered and very supportive, be lowered anywhere near to compensate; fold the sun visor and the high seating position in a catastrophic loss of visibility.

The cabin itself offers storage space and is plastered in a sea of grey plastics. The handbrake sits nicely enough in the but looks like a garden the gearlever does away ‘faux’ leather and instead a sheet of shiny plastic to the gear-linkages, and some of the switchgear – window buttons and heating included – are placed awkwardly,

Proton Satria

With a 111bhp 1.6-litre under the bonnet and a kerbweight of performance should be more the forte. Unfortunately it isn’t. For all the the engine makes, its mere ft of torque fails to excite.

Proton claims the Satria sprint to 60mph in 11.8sec, in fairness is brisk enough with its rivals, but it doesn’t get cleanly, mostly thanks to the torque peak’s relatively arrival in the rev range.

At motorway wind noise is intrusive, the whines, and again, the lack of may disappoint. Around town, the Satria performs better. Its DNA allows for confident direction and it rides firmly but is never soaking up potholes and bumps

Show the little Proton a bend or roundabout, and the Satria its ace card. Grip levels are impressive – especially so on aggressive – and should you wish to unleash its Exige, you’ll be pleased, not to surprised, with the result. most superminis would wide through a corner, the clings on confidently and resists well.

It’s even to be adjusted on the throttle at its limit.

As as the Satria handles and even its six-year warranty into the facts cannot be ignored. at its reduced price it still compete with rivals of the of the Fiesta, Polo and Vauxhall So unrefined is the interior and slap-dash the quality that its apparent grace is quickly forgotten.

If you’re after something refined, good looking and and which can cater for people who the height restriction for rides at Towers, then look

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