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Proton Saga

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15 Rating(s) | 15 Review(s)
RM 32,800 - RM 39,800
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Saga Specs
Engine 1332 cc
Power 94 hp
Transmission Type Manual
Driver Airbag Yes
Air Conditioner Yes
Power Steering Yes
Seating Capacity 5 Seats
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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 2020 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
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Proton Saga Colors

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

  • Ruby Red

  • Snow White

  • Armour Silver

  • Jet Grey

  • Rosewood Maroon

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Proton Saga Review

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  • Saga Braking & Safety

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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    Sulung Okt 18, 2019 for Proton Saga

    The Saga has everything you would need in a simple affordable package. It is a great value proposition for what it offers. The practicality is unmatched and you also get most of the features you would require. Very happy with the Saga, couldn't have asked for more at that price. Read More

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    TRISTAN Sep 25, 2019 for Proton Saga

    This is wonderful spacious compact car which really drives well in the city. Since my teen years I am an avid car lover. I always desired to buy my own car. But finally after scoring a first class in my Master’s and thereby getting an opportunity to pursue my job in a renowned college with a decent salary, I thought Read More

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    Shashvinn Ogo 23, 2019 for Proton Saga

    I am deeply fascinated about big sturdy cars. Not sure why but I feel a sense of comfort factor while going for long drives on such muscular and macho cars. So this time while I decided to buy a car I knew I need a massive sized car like Proton Saga. I have heard of this car a lot and Read More

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    Luqman Ogo 12, 2019 for Proton Saga

    I own an insurance agency and work takes me places in the city. I am on the road for long hours and this is why I wanted a car which would be compact, yet comfortable. I zeroed on to the Proton Saga. Now a year later I feel this was the best decision I made. The convenient sizing of the Read More

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    Aayiz Jul 27, 2019 for Proton Saga (2016-2018)

    I love the Saga. Proton has done an amazing job keeping this car simple. The design is such that it will transcend time. The interiors are also the same, it is simple and functional. For someone who wants a simple no-frills car, the Saga is the one to get. The performance is also adequate and will not disappoint. Read More

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    Superman Jul 16, 2019 for Proton Saga (2016-2018)

    The front and back very nice, inside compartment very good quality, only problem I have is the petrol consumption is high, a bit overall is good. Read More

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    Mohamad Zaki Zakaria Jul 08, 2019 for Proton Saga

    More differents than the old version, the first Saga in 1985 Read More

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    Nabil Jun 29, 2019 for Proton Saga (2016-2018)

    The way this Proton Saga has got upgraded in its new version is really worth appreciating. Like you all guys I was also bit confused on which car to zero down while purchasing a car this time. After shortlisting quite a few noteworthy recent models I opted for this car. The car looks stunning. The car has done so much Read More

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    Jyn Chong Apr 16, 2019 for Proton Saga (2016-2018)

    Worth to buy it, if you looking for cheaper brand new car, strong engine, only need major service, I run over 100k mileage, nothing break down regarding engine part Read More

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    Yusri Apr 15, 2019 for Proton Saga (2016-2018)

    My father in law was looking for a new sedan and since he just wants a get from point A to point B without too much of a fuss, the Proton Saga was the best choice for him. We took a test drive and booked the car. The Saga is a no-frills machine and is very utilitarian in nature. Simple Read More

Proton Saga FAQ

What are the Safety Features Available in Proton Saga?

The safety features available in Proton Saga Below:

Feature Value
Driver Airbag Yes
Passenger Airbag Yes
Side Airbag-Front No
Side Airbag-Rear No
Child Safety Locks Yes
Anti-Lock Braking System Yes
Brake Assist Yes
Ebd Yes
Vehicle Stability Control System No
Rear Seat Belts Yes
Seat Belt Warning Yes
Rear Camera No
Parking Sensors Yes
Crash Sensor Yes
Engine Check Warning Yes
Tyre Pressure Monitor No
Front Impact Beams Yes
Side Impact Beams Yes
Door Ajar Warning Yes
Traction Control No
What are the Dimensions of Proton Saga?

Below are the Dimensions of Proton Saga:

Feature Value
Seating Capacity 5 Seats
Fuel Tank Capacity (litres) 40 L
Length 4331 mm
Width 1689 mm
Height 1491 mm
Wheel Base 2465 mm
No Of Doors 4
Kerb Weight 1055 kg
What is the Engine Capacity of Proton Saga?

Proton Saga comes with 3 variants. The Top variant Premium AT:

Engine Specification
Engine 1332 cc
Power 94 hp

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