The Proton Satria Neo offers reasonable handling and it's well kitted out
It's short on cabin space and safety features, and the price is too high. The ride is firm and running costs are high
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The only engine on offer is a 111bhp 1.6-litre petrol. This feels sprightly enough around town, but it isn’t as quick as some competitors' and has to be worked hard on the open road. Buyers can choose from a five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed automatic.
Ride & Handling
Proton makes much of Lotus’ involvement with the Satria’s handling. It handles well, with a decent amount of grip, while body lean is reasonably well contained. The steering is sharp, too, but the Satria rides too firmly around town and bumps thud into the cabin at higher speeds.
The Satria Neo is not a refined car. The engine makes a loud, coarse noise when accelerating, and there's a drone on the motorway, too. You can still hear road noise rumbling through the cabin, though, and wind noise is also audible.