Proton Saga

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RM33,591 - RM41,848
Saga Price
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Saga Specs
Engine 1332 cc
Power 94 hp
Transmission Type Manual
Driver Airbag Yes
Air Conditioner Yes
Power Steering Yes
Ground Clearance 150 mm
Seating Capacity 5 Seats

Saga Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Saga

Surprising handling and maneuverability

Decent equipment and safety levels

High mileage

Cheap to buy and run

Things We Dont Like in Saga

Seat adjustability and comfort

No 5-star safety rating

Gauge cluster lacking in information

Recent Updates of Proton Saga

Proton Saga is available in Malaysia in four trims - Standard MT, Standard CVT, Executive CVT, and Premium CVT. The starting price of the Saga for its base model which is the only one available in a manual gearbox is RM 33,591. There are 5 different color options in which the Saga is available. These include Midnight Black, Metal Grey, Fire Red, Sterling Silver, and Cotton White. All the trims of the Proton Saga are powered by the same 1.3-litre 4-cylinder engine which produces 94 hp at 5750 rpm and generates a peak torque of 120 Nm that kicks in at 4000 rpm. Except for the Standard MT model, the rest of them come with CVT. The Saga has become a bit outdated and we would love to see a new version of the same. Hopefully, Proton might be planning a surprise for us.

Saga Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
Standard MT RM33,591 *
OTR Price
1332 cc, 94 hp, Manual, Petrol
Standard CVT RM36,343 *
OTR Price
1332 cc, 94 hp, CVT, Petrol
Executive CVT RM39,095 *
OTR Price
1332 cc, 94 hp, CVT, Petrol
Premium CVT RM41,848 *
OTR Price
1332 cc, 94 hp, CVT, Petrol
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Proton Saga Colors

Saga is available in 5 different colors - Midnight Black, Metal Grey, Fire Red, Sterling Silver and Cotton White.

  • Midnight Black

  • Metal Grey

  • Fire Red

  • Sterling Silver

  • Cotton White

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Saga Review

  • Overview
  • Interior & Features
  • Exterior
  • Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Braking & Safety


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?

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.


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.

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.

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.

User Reviews of Proton Saga

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    Jyn Chong Apr 16, 2019
    Cheapest sedan in Malaysia

    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
    No nonsense sedan

    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

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    Justin Dis 21, 2018

    I was in for a surprise on my last wedding anniversary when my husband got me the ravishing and stunning Proton Saga. This car has a lavish leg room which makes my tall frame fit in perfectly well. Since I am an enthusiastic driver and like to explore the acceleration of the car, the fact that it has a very Read More

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    Naseer Ogos 02, 2018
    Best for the beginners

    The Proton Saga is not a very hi-fi car at all. But still, you will find many of the cars on the road or in the traffic. The only reason why you will find so many of this car is that it is affordable and high on utility. It also has a lot of safety features, enough to take care Read More

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    Yusuf Jun 10, 2018
    Great For Touge

    You cant believe how an entry level car could give you confidence and comfort in high speed cruise, and handle tight turn well. Have i mentioned the nvh is very good? After you change the cheap tyre from factory with something like michelin or goodyear will make the saga feel premium enough. Read More

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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
    Child Safety Locks Yes
    Anti-Lock Braking System No
    Brake Assist No
    Ebd No
    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

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