The Savvy is one of the cheapest new cars around. It rides and handles reasonably well, and has a unique look
The 1.2-litre engine is rough and unwilling, space is limited, the interior looks dated and cheap. Plus, there's no steering wheel adjustment
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
While many of its rivals make do with engines of 1.0 litre or less, the Savvy has a 1.2-litre petrol powerplant developing 75bhp. In this context, performance is rather disappointing, because the Savvy doesn’t feel substantially quicker than a 1.0-litre. Progress is hampered by an engine which isn’t keen to rev, and an awkward gearshift.
Ride & Handling
This is one of the Savvy’s better points. Proton says that Lotus (which it owns) helped to develop the Savvy and, while it’s certainly not as sharp as a sports car, it handles competently and rides fairly smoothly for such a small car. The turning circle is tight, but the steering is unresponsive and short on feel.
The Savvy’s engine is gruff at all times and becomes wheezy and noisy at motorway speed. Wind noise also increases and becomes tiring, although road noise is less of a problem. Most rival superminis provided more refined transport.