2008 Proton Savvy Lite 1.2
Great ride and handling for the money
Sometime difficult to start from the first crank, but on the next crank it started.
Great handling; can easily cover corners and bends faster than rival products, especially compared to the MYVi.
Comfortable and pliant ride. Not a single complain from any passenger so far. (A lot better ride than any MYVi will ever be).
Responsive engine, but out of breath after 5000 rpm.
Gearing ratio is good for enthusiastic driving.
Great fuel economy around town and driving at legal speeds.
However, fuel economy is just average if driving faster than 120kmh on highway.
Dashboard layout is practical to use and driving position is spot on. (I am 177cm tall).
Interior plastic need to be a lot better if Proton wants to compete with the big boys. (Hard edge plastic and not so good fit and finish.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2009
I agree with you about the driving and road holding quality.
I have used an AMT for 6 years now - love driving it.
But I can't say the same for the cost of maintaining it - like maintaining a luxury compact.
Transmission finally gave way two days ago after 2 years, showing the common symptoms of going neutral for no reason at all while driving. Cost of replacement - RM 5-figures - 10% of the cost of the car - CRAZY.
It's a great car - but Proton (previous leadership) were not ready for it - lack of expertise, spare-part availability.
The Savvy was supposed to be a lower income car - but maintaining it is luxury we cannot afford.
Good luck to you!