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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 15 - Proton Savvy

Updated on September 30, 2008


I can't say that this car has Savvy styling, as the dropdown in the front side windows is jarring and it looks like a previous-generation Nissan Micra whose front door has drooped down. If you can get past the questionable styling the Savvy is a heck af a nice car, well priced, with good performance and very reasonable fuel economy. Proton has worked wonders with its build quality lately thus you won't have to keep your Proton from falling apart with duct tape as in earlier days.


The Proton Savvy Hatchback 1.2 Style 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $10,727.81, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1149 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 99 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 13.9 seconds. The performance factor of 11.6 is average for its class. The Proton Savvy Hatchback 1.2 Style 5 Door returns 61.4 MPG in highway driving, 36.7 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 49.6. With a fuel tank capacity of 8.8 gallons, the car can travel 540 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 651 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Proton Savvy Hatchback 1.2 Style 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 76, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Proton Savvy Hatchback 1.2 Style 5 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 4

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1149 / 4

Valves • Number of • 16

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 75 / 5500

Torque (lb / ft) • 77

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3710

Overall Width (mm) • 1643

Overall Height (mm) • 1480

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 207

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 909

Turning Radius (m) • 16.1

Curb Weight (kg) • 965


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 13.9

Top speed (MPH) • 99



Alloy Rims / Wheels • Standard Equipment

Metallic Exterior Paint • $300.00


Automatic Transmission • $800.00

Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Electronic Stability System • Standard Equipment

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • Standard Equipment

Visible VIN • Standard Equipment

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Locking Wheel Lugs • Standard Equipment

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available


Adjustable Seat Height • Standard Equipment

Air Conditioning • Standard Equipment

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Standard Equipment

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


Radio With RDS • Standard Equipment

Multi CD • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • Option Not Available

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available


City MPG • 36.7

Highway MPG • 61.4

Combined MPG • 49.6

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 8.8

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 134

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $19.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 4

Estimated Average Insurance • $323.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 31.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $234.00

Maintenance Factor • 31

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $1,146.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi


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