Used Proton Satria Hatchback 2000 - 2004 review

Category: Small car

The Proton Satria GTi is worth considering, but ignore the rest

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Used Proton Satria Hatchback 2000 - 2004 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

What's the used Proton Satria hatchback like?

The Proton Satria is substandard in just about every way.

The handling offers little in the way of entertainment, although it's safe enough, while the ride is crashy and restless. Refinement isn't great, either: both engines are noisy at anything other than idle, and road and wind noise is a pain.


The Proton Satria GTi is worth considering, but ignore the rest

  • Dependable transport and well equipped at top of range
  • Lacklustre drive, cramped cabin
  • cheap build

The materials used in the cabin are poor in quality, and the cabin finish is so-so. Space is cramped in the rear, too.

That said, the GTi version is perhaps worth a look. The chassis was tuned by Lotus, so the handling of the basic car was much improved. It's actually really good fun, and the ride isn't bad, either.

It isn't quite as quick as some other hot hatches, but it still takes less than eight seconds to hit 60mph from a standing start. And, it's cheap and quite well equipped, too.

Ownership cost

What used Proton Satria hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Proton Satria hatchback?

The Satria was fairly cheap when it was new, and by the time used examples hit the market, they're worth very little indeed. Even the newest can be picked up for a song.

Fuel economy is pretty mediocre, though. The 1.3 gives an average of around 34mpg, while the 1.5 is similar. With the automatic gearbox, the 1.5 will only manage around 31mpg. The GTi delivers 32mpg, but that's not too bad in comparison to the others, given its performance.

Servicing isn't cheap, either. You'll pay more to maintain your Proton than you will to keep most mainstream brands in good order.

Our recommendations

Which used Proton Satria hatchback should I buy?

The 133bhp GTi is our pick. While it has many of the same limitations as the standard car, it's much, much better to drive. Alloy wheels, air-con, metallic paint and a CD player are all standard, too.

As for the rest of the range, the 1.3-litre petrol only has 74bhp, and doesn't quite feel up to the job. The 1.5 has a little more power, but there isn't much in it. Both need to be worked hard to make decent - if noisy - progress.

The base Li models have power steering and not much else, whereas the LXi adds a sunroof and, on later cars, electric front windows. Lux has air-con, alloy wheels and seat height adjustment, but the automatic transmission that also comes as standard with this trim makes the Satria's performance even more laboured.

Safety kit is woefully inadequate. All models get a driver's airbag only, and anti-lock brakes are only standard on the GTi.

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