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Proton Saga Specs

Engine 1332 cc
Power 94 hp
Transmission Type Manual
Driver Airbag Yes
Air Conditioner Yes
Power Steering Yes
Seating Capacity 5 Seats
Central Locking Yes

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Saga Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Saga

The Proton Saga is fairly big for a car of its price. The overall length and width of the car feel as big as a car from one segment above, giving it a feel of driving a bigger car.

The bigger dimension of the Proton Saga on the outside clearly makes one feel pampered on the inside as well. The space levels inside the cabin are quite massive, with very impressive legroom and knee room at the rear.

Apart from the space, another area which makes the inner occupants of the car feel comfortable is the plush ride quality. The suspension setup is on the softer side, which is comfortable for long drives as well.

Things We Dont Like in Saga

Going by the exterior looks, it is very clear that the Proton Saga is not a car from today’s generation. While the low slung stance makes it feel dynamic, the overall boxy profile is clearly not trendy and might not appeal to the young generation at least.

Step inside the cabin and the dated feel of the car strengthens even more. The dashboard looks terribly dated and feels as if it belongs to two or three decades old.

For a car of this price, the Proton Saga lacks a number of comfort and convenience features which the buyers of today’s generation take for granted. The lack of a proper touch screen audio system itself is a turn off for many buyers.

Recent Updates of Saga

Proton offers the Saga sedan in a total of four trim options, and the Premium CVT is the range-topping variant. Priced at RM 41,847, this model is powered by a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder DOHC VVT engine that develops a maximum power of 94 hp and 120 Nm of torque. This mill is paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission system. The exterior gets elements like halogen headlamps, ORVMs with a signal indicator, fog lamps, sensor at both ends, rear spoiler, and black slash tape on centre pillar.

The cabin gets deluxe fabric upholstery, steering with switches, 2-DIN audio system with radio/CD/MP3/iPod, two rear USB ports, AUX-in, reverse camera, Bluetooth connectivity, four speakers, ECO drive assist, and power window. Guarding the safety front are ABS with EBD and BA, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Hold Assist, front airbag, ISOFIX, and immobiliser. Its accessory kit includes first aid kit, safety triangle, and plate holder.

Proton Saga Price

The Saga is priced between RM 32,800 and RM 42,800 .

Proton Saga Variants

There are 4 variants available of Saga: Standard MT, Standard AT, Premium AT and R3 Limited Edition.

Proton Saga Power-trains

The Saga is powered by a 1332cc 4-cylinder Petrol engine produces 94 hp of power and 120 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 5-Speed Manual and 4-Speed Automatic transmission gearbox.

Proton Saga Features

The feature list of Saga includes Central Locking, Power Door Locks, Anti Theft Device, Anti-Theft Alarm and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Heater, Adjustable Seats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, On Board Computer, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Foldable Rear Seat, Remote Trunk Opener, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Seat Headrest, Cup Holders-Front, Bottle Holder and Trunk Light.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB & Auxiliary Input, Speakers Front and Speakers Rear.

Proton Saga Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Leather Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Digital Clock, Digital Odometer and Driving Experience Control Eco.

Proton Saga Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Adjustable Headlights, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Alloy Wheels, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Rear Spoiler, Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator and Integrated Antenna.

Proton Saga Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Rear Camera, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Engine Check Warning, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning and Traction Control.

Proton Saga Competitors

The Saga Competitors are: Perodua Bezza, Perodua Axia, Proton Persona, Perodua Myvi and Proton Iriz.

Proton Saga 2021 Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
Proton Saga Standard MT RM 32,800 *
OTR Price
1332 cc, 94 hp, Manual, Petrol
Proton Saga Standard AT RM 35,800 *
OTR Price
1332 cc, 94 hp, Automatic, Petrol
Proton Saga Premium AT RM 39,800 *
OTR Price
1332 cc, 94 hp, Automatic, Petrol
Proton Saga R3 Limited Edition RM 42,800 *
OTR Price
1332 cc, 94 hp, Automatic, Petrol

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Proton Saga Colors

Saga is available in 5 different colors - Snow White, Armour Silver, Ruby Red, Jet Grey and Rosewood Maroon.

Proton Saga Review

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Saga Overview

The Proton Saga is the national car of Malaysia. Over its three decades of existence, it has gone through two generations and countless updates. But it has always relied on delivering exceptional levels of value for making sales. The value proposition, however, is extremely tricky to crack. The expectations of people keep increasing every year while they cannot be expected to pay more for what they get. Thriving or even surviving on such a USP is a nerve-racking prospect for even the biggest car makers in the world.

And yet here we are reading the review of a car that is still known for being the cheapest car made by Proton in the country. It is on sale in the country for as cheap as RM 35590. No wonder it is often the first car ever owned or driven by many of us in Malaysia. So, how has the car that started it all, fared in its most recent iteration?

Proton Saga Interior & Features

The interior quality is cheap as can be expected at this price range. But it never gets unpleasant. And even so the basics are all covered. There is a 2 DIN head unit that boasts all the connectivity options from Bluetooth to USB on the Premium. The base models come with 2 speakers while the Premium and Executive come with 4. The Premium also comes with a reversing camera integrated into the rear view mirror. There are also two USB plug points. Steering mounted controls for the audio are available for the Premium. The steering, however, can only be adjusted for tilt but should be sufficient for people of normal height. The seats could also use some adjustability options on top of the slide and recline adjustability. Rear passenger comfort is decent. The legroom is increased from the outgoing model. This is because of the design of the rear sections of the front seats which are recessed. There is enough storage space in the cabin and the boot is now 420 liters which can be increased by folding down the rear seats. Life in the cabin is nice as it manages to shut out most of the noise and vibration from the engine, allowing the passengers to cruise nicely at high speed.

Saga Exterior

As a compact sedan, its dimensions are appropriate reading 4331 (L) X 1689 (W) X 1491 (H) mm. The wheelbase is 2465 mm while the ground clearance is a decent 150 mm. The wheelbase is the only thing that is not larger than its predecessor. Simply because it’s cheap doesn’t mean that customers will settle for a box on wheels. Even at this price range, customers demand good looking cars from car makers. The Proton Saga is decidedly not boxy. The body shape is modern and looks like an evolution of the older model. The front end is especially recognizable even with its reshaped headlights. Touches of old and new design elements from other proton cars can also be seen in the grille and bumper. The hood has an unmistakable European contour to it.  The rear is even more handsome with its segmented taillights joined by the black or chrome horizontal piece that runs across the width. The side also gets a more curved C-pillar that makes for a less boxy and well-proportioned shape. The standard variants get 13” wheels which go up in size by an inch for each subsequently higher variant. Tires are 175/70 on the standard, 185/60 on the Executive and 185/55 on the Premium.

Proton Saga Engine & Fuel Consumption

There are 4 variants available - Standard M/T, Standard CVT, Executive CVT, and Premium CVT. Powering all of them is a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder, fuel injected VVT churning out 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and peak torque of 120 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual or a CVT. This CVT along with the ECU have been greatly improved and make for easy overtakes and acceleration. But the accelerator pedal needs to be used progressively and the driver should manage their expectations. The manual should serve those looking for a more spirited response. The suspension is set up on the firmer side which along with the hydraulic steering makes it easy to steer around corners. The handling has a planted feel that is quite surprising for a car like this thanks to the stiffened chassis. More importantly, the mileage figure is especially promising. Proton claims that the car can manage 17.9 kmpl on the CVT and 18.5 kmpl on the manual, while still doing 90kmph. While being impressive on their own, these numbers themselves are big improvements on their predecessor. They are, however, a fair bit lower than their biggest competitor the Perodua Bezza which claims mileage figures in 20-22 km/L range.

Saga Braking & Safety

There are ventilated discs on the front and drum brakes on the rear. ABS with EBD and brake assist is available on the Executive and Premium variants. Electronic stability control, traction control and hill hold assist, however, are only available on the topmost Premium variant. Thankfully all variants come equipped with dual front airbags, ISOFIX, and seatbelts with seat belt alarm for the drier and immobilizer with the alarm system as standard. There are parking sensors on both the front and the rear. The safety of the car itself has undergone massive improvements and the Saga now enjoys a 4 star ASEAN NCAP safety rating. This used to be a three-star rating for the previous Saga.

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    Syam Sep 21, 2021 for Proton Saga

    Well, the Proton Saga is a very polarizing car, as there are many advantages and disadvantages with this car. I bought this car for my dad, and this is how I turned the disadvantages in my favor. Well, as an older adult, he appreciates this car’s dated look and actually does not crave the touchscreen console and entertainment system that Read More

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    Zulhasif Jul 02, 2021 for Proton Saga

    Looking for a passenger sedan was a long wait for me. I had looked into quite a few options from Honda, Hyundai and others. But the best car that impressed me is the Proton Saga, which is designed to be in the affordable line of compact sedans and very affordable as well. Now, after having driven the car for a Read More

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    Anthony Jun 29, 2021 for Proton Saga

    Compared with other cars in this price range on the market today, the Proton Sage has its own significance. Its stylish appearance and functional characteristics will undoubtedly eclipse high-end cars. It may look small from the outside, but you will understand how delicate you will feel when you enter. The luxurious fabric interior used for the interior gives it a Read More

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    Aaron May 19, 2021 for Proton Saga

    The Proton Saga is quite significant if you compare it with other sedans of this price, available in the current market. Its dapper looks and feature-packed character can surely put sedans of one segment above to shame. It might look small from the outside, but you will understand how premium it makes you feel once you get in. The deluxe Read More

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    Kiyoraka Apr 21, 2021 for Proton Saga

    Saga was the first car I ever rode as it was owned by my uncle too. This car might look decent, but the performance is remarkable. It is a well-built car. Saga's safety features are also good, which can be witnessed by its 3-star rating by ASEAN NCAP on its safety. The best part, in my opinion, is its engine, Read More

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    Brian Apr 06, 2021 for Proton Saga

    Proton Saga is the first national car and we all hold pride in it. My father uses to drive this car as well. It car looks pretty decent but the performance is exceptional. Proton Saga is a proper well-budget family sedan. Saga has DOHC 4-cylinder in-line engine with an automatic transmission gearbox. The car has quite a lot of security Read More

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    Aaron Mar 23, 2021 for Proton Saga

    The name proton saga holds a lot of significance to the Malaysians. It’s our first-ever national car and we should all take pride in it. My father used to pick me up from school in his SAGA and now I recently bought the 3rd generation model after its facelift. The all-new saga has improved aerodynamics which means it has better Read More

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    Ruwayfi Feb 25, 2021 for Proton Saga

    I was literally startled at the beauty of this car. Never even in my wildest imagination I could think the company is offering such an exquisite beauty at such a reasonable price range. You will get amazed with the interior of the car. You will get glued to the car and will feel like spending hours driving this. My entire Read More

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    Danny Feb 17, 2021 for Proton Saga

    The Proton Saga is one of the most affordable options in the market for family-friendly Sedans. With flowing contours on its bold exterior, the Saga presents a futuristic silhouette on the horizon. Whenever I am on the road, the stylish designs on its body never fail to attract attention. Its 1.3 Litre VVT engine, accompanied by Automatic Transmission, allows the Read More

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    Panjang Feb 05, 2021 for Proton Saga

    The Saga is my favourite sedan for a reason. For starters, the Saga features an affordable price tag that is much less as compared to other cars in the same segment. Secondly, in spite of having a powerful engine, the Proton Saga delivers a good fuel economy which makes this sedan a perfect daily commuter. The cabin is pretty decent Read More

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