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2009 (09) Proton Savvy1.2 Style 5dr

Workington Ford / Citroën / DS

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Digital clockDoor ajar warning lamp
Handbrake on warning lightLights on warning
Parking distance sensorPAS
Remote boot releaseRemote fuel flap release


4 speakersClarion stereo radio/CD player

Exterior Features

2 speed wipers+intermittent wipeBlack door sash
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Body coloured bumpersBoot grab handle
Chrome exhaust trimDay/night rear view mirror
Electric front windowsFolding door mirrors
Front fog lampsHeadlamps with semi-auto levelling
Heated rear windowHigh mounted rear brake light
Manual door mirrorsRear screen wiper - intermittent
Rear spoilerRemoveable roof antenna
Tinted and laminated front windscreenTinted glass

Interior Features

2 height adjustable rear headrests50/50 split folding rear seat
Accessory power pointAir conditioning with pollen filter
Anti submarining seatsAnti-slip carpet mats
Assist gripsBoot light
Cloth seat trimDriver's footrest
Driver's seat height adjustmentDriver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
Floor console boxFour adjustable air vents
Front cupholders x 2Front door pockets
Front seat back map pocketsGlovebox with pen holder
HeaterHeight adjustable front headrests
Interior lightLuggage net
Reclining front seatsRemovable rear parcel shelf
Storage box in luggage compartmentTool kit


2 rear 3 point safety beltsABS/EBD
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsFront seatbelt pretensioners
Seatbelt warning lampSide impact protection beams


Alarm and remote central lockingImmobiliser
Locking wheel nuts 


15" alloy wheelsSpace saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification


CO0.2CO2 (g/km)134
HC0.06Noise Level dB(A)72
NOx0.05Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftSOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1149Compression Ratio10:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)69Cylinders - Stroke (mm)76.8
Engine CodeDF4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)49.6EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)61.4EC Urban (mpg)36.7


Badge Engine CC1.2Badge Power75
Coin SeriesSTYLEInsurance Group 14
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 078EInsurance Group 2E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage12000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months60Timing Belt Interval Mileage60000
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 


0 to 62 mph (secs)13.9Engine Power - BHP75
Engine Power - KW55Engine Power - RPM5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT77Engine Torque - MKG10.7
Engine Torque - NM105Engine Torque - RPM4250
Top Speed99 


Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front175/50 R15Tyre Size Rear175/50 R15
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Style10 SPOKE
Wheel Type15" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)1973 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)40Gross Vehicle Weight1265
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)909Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)207
Max. Loading Weight300Max. Roof Load50
Minimum Kerbweight965No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb9.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Proton Savvy

By Jonathan Crouch


We're guessing that the Proton Savvy probably won't be a used citycar at the top of your shortlist if you're looking for a runabout. In fact we'd be surprised if it's there at all given the wealth of alternatives your money could stretch to, based around urban tots produced in the 2005 to 2012 period. If you're looking for a very cheap example of this breed though and you can find yourself a Savvy (no easy task), the Proton could be worth a look. With engineering input from Lotus, it's even pretty good to drive.


That this Malaysian industrial conglomerate works so closely with the Norfolk performance car manufacturer may come as a surprise to many who aren't clued in, but those with a little more savvy will know that Lotus was swallowed up by Proton way back in 1997. It was a smart move in many ways. Lotus were floundering financially but the brand equity would add significant clout to a Proton badge that was desperate for global credibility. The fact that many are still surprised at learning of Proton and Lotus' tie-up is something of an indictment of Proton's presence in this country which has been near to invisible. The first signs of the partnership came in 1999 when Proton launched the Satria GTi. Lotus took the standard Satria 3-door hatchback and added a little Hethel magic. The result was a superb handling 'hot-hatch', capable of humbling some of the more well known brands. The Satria GTi was well received by all who drove it but didn't manage serious sales. It's still one of the smartest used hot hatch buys around if you don't mind a few rough edges. Keen to learn from the GTi experience, Proton was quick to use Lotus in the development of all subsequent car launches. In 2001, the Impian was the first Proton to be built on an in-house platform and the saloon car was graced with ride and handling not normally found on 4-door saloons. Perhaps the most significant car in Proton's history was the GEN-2, launched in the UK in September 2004. The Savvy arrived in August 2005 and was designed to go head to head in its home market with the Perodua Myvi - a rebodied Daihatsu Charade. Over here, the list of competitors was a good deal longer and more illustrious, especially on the used market where you can buy a much bigger, more sophisticated car as long as you're willing to compromise a little on vehicle age. The Savvy left the UK new car arena when the Proton marque faded from our market in the 2012-2013 period.

What You Get

The Savvy is a neatly proportioned car, measuring 3710mm in length. This compares with 3456mm for the MK1 Citroen C1 and 3495mm for the MK1 Kia Picanto, so it's a little bigger than the citycar norm, coming half way between these tots and the 3917mm of a supermini like a Ford Fiesta from this era. This means that access to the back through the rear doors isn't as cramped as in certain citycars, helped in no small part by a generously stretched wheel at each corner stance. Where the Savvy isn't quite as good as rivals like that Citroen C1 is in terms of interior width where it breaks the tape at 1345mm. Needless to say, you wouldn't want to sit three adults across the back.Still, there's a reasonable amount of luggage space, with perfectly flat-folding 50:50 rear seats contributing to a 909-litre boot capacity when they're flat.

What to Look For

Not a lot goes wrong. The interior fittings are not of the highest quality and the centre console does look a lot better than it feels. Make sure the car you're looking at has been serviced on the nose. Other than that, this is one of the least troublesome budget cars you can buy.

Replacement Parts

(Based on a 2005 1.2 Street) A new clutch will be in the region of £175 and a full exhaust about £450. Front brake pads will set you back in the £26 to £39 bracket, while brake discs can cost as little as around £40. You'll pay around £6 for an oil filter or a fuel filter, around £33 for an ignition coil and around £9 or a drive belt.

On the Road

Only one engine is available, but it's a pleasantly punchy 1.2-litre unit that makes 74bhp. This translates into the ability to hit 60mph in 12.2 seconds, which is very good indeed for a vehicle in the citycar class, as is the 106mph top speed. This is a car with genuine motorway ability. Proton are again quick to point to Lotus involvement in the chassis development. "We wanted a small car that offers practicality, fuel economy, generous space and great all round performance," said a senior Proton suit. "It's not a sports car, nor does it look like a Lotus but certain elements have been engineered into the Savvy that'll give you a taste of what it's like to drive one of the world's best handling vehicles. The results are outstanding." These elements involved engineering a stronger and more rigid chassis and bringing Lotus Dynamics into a small car, resulting in a vehicle that is surprising when it comes to handling, safety and responsiveness - and one which has good power to weight ratio. In other words, there are all the necessary ingredients needed to make a powerful and enjoyable small package. The Savvy was tested and verified to be stronger than the German and Italian marques that were used as a benchmark in the development process. Although you won't step from a Savvy knowing exactly what a Lotus Exige must feel like as a result, the steering feel alone is leagues better than most small cars.


The Savvy isn't the easiest car to recommend as a used buy. While it's quite a sparkling drive, its price advantage from new is rather erased when buying used. Most would see a year older Fiat Panda or a Ford Ka as a more desirable choice. Still, if the price is right and you want one of the best warranties around, this Proton has a certain appeal.

Workington Ford / Citroën / DS

Blackwood Road, Lillyhall Industrial Estate, Lillyhall, Workington, CA14 4JW

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