What Car? says

1 out of 5 stars

For Dependable transport, and well equipped at top of range

Against Lacklustre drive, cramped cabin, cheap build

Verdict The GTi is worth considering, but ignore the rest

Go for… GTi

Avoid… 1.3-litre petrol

Proton Satria Hatchback
  • 1. Head gaskets can fail, but cases of this are few and far between
  • 2. Check the underside of the engine filler cap for water or white residue, and for oil in the coolant
  • 3. Make sure that all the electrical switches and air-con work properly
  • 4. The materials in the cabin are poor quality, and the cabin finish is so-so
  • 5. The boot is adequate for a car of this size, but not class-leading
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