Proton Savvy Review

Proton Savvy

Proton Savvy Review

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The Savvy is quite cute and has a smart appearance.

The Savvy is quite cute and has a smart appearance. At the front, the headlights follow the pronounced curve of the bonnet while below is a sporty-looking mesh grille set into the deep front skirt. The rear doors are set well back with the handles almost over the centre of the wheel arches. On the test car, these were body-coloured, as are the wing mirrors, and the styling is so discrete that it looks more like a three-door model.

There is a choice of five body colours but the only solid colour is Chilli Red the others are metallic, which adds £300 to the bill.

Inside, there is plenty of room. This is especially true for rear passengers because the Savvy is a four-seater - there isn’t even a seat belt for a little one to squeeze in the middle. The rear seats have a 50:50 split and fold flat function that increases the boot space from 207 to 909 litres. It is all very useable space because the wheel arches don’t intrude too much. Annoyingly, though, the rear hatch has to be opened from within the car and that is not good when it’s raining.

In the front, it is only the driver who gets a height adjustable seat, which is just as well as the steering column is static and has no adjustment at all. Another niggle is that while the pedals are nicely spaced, they are all at different heights and the clutch pedal is at a slightly different angle to the others, which took some getting used to.

I did however, like the yellow-faced instrument dials and the no-nonsense fascia, which houses a Clarion radio/CD and the heating controls.

If you choose to buy a Savvy, it will arrive with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, there are no other options. You can have the Automated Manual Transmission or AMT on the Style or stick with the 5-speed manual box, which is crisp and precise in its function.

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Proton Savvy Road Test Data
Model ReviewedProton Savvy 1.2 Style
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourPassion Blue Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph13.9 Seconds
Top Speed 98.7 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban36.7 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined49.6 mpg
Insurance Group4
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year/60,000 mile warranty
Price (when tested on the 03/05/06)£6,995.00

The information contained within this Proton Savvy review may have changed since publication on the 3 May 2006. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Proton dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018