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Proton Satria-Neo
2/10

Overall
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Proton’s concerted bid to attract a younger audience starts here, and it could have been a lot worse. The oddly named Proton Satria-Neo both looks good and drives pretty well. But it is still just a Proton…

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What is it?

Not half-bad hatch with decent Lotus-aided chassis, but lack of space inside, awful badge and ridiculous name make it a must-not-have for the youth it's aimed at.

Driving

That all-important involvement from Lotus means the Satria-Neo handles well, with sharp steering, plenty of grip from those driven front wheels and nicely controlled body roll.

Although the Satria-Neo may lack that real edge of refinement that makes cars like the VW Golf or Audi A3 seem so impressive, it's not a bad crack that Proton's had. The real let down is harsh engines that need to be bullied.

On the inside

Not the Satria-Neo's strong suit, with impeded front headroom thanks to that steeply raked windscreen and no real room to speak of in the back either. To make matters worse the boot is also smaller than average.

Owning

Like all Protons, the Satria-Neo will be cheap to buy, insure and run about in, but the residual values tend to be terrible. When you go back to your dealer, if he's still even there, don't expect good news.

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