Lotus' input helps it handle well, but it's noisy, sluggish and slow to turn
Unless you're 5'6 and medium build, forget it - you'll never get comfy
Drive carefully: all you get to protect you are two airbags and anti-lock brakes
Parts of the cabin feel so cheap they could have been bought at Aldi
It's a tiny city car with space for four adults at a pinch
Pretty good - alloy wheels, air-con and front electric windows are standard
Lotus had a hand in creating the Proton Savvy so it handles and rides pretty well. However it's way behind the best superminis on other fronts - the 1.2-litre engine feels sluggish, the steering is slow to respond and the gearshift feels clumsy. It's also noisy with the engine and wind competing to be heard. A tight turning circle makes parking easy but that's little consolation.
Unless you're 5'6 and medium build, you'll find it hard to get comfy behind the wheel of the Proton Savvy. The sensible design of the dashboard is marred by garish yellow dials, so don't forget your sunglasses. It's a tiny city car so four will fit inside at a push. The boot is a sensible shape, if small: fold the back seats down for lots of extra luggage space. All come with a CD player, air-con and electric front windows.
Two airbags are fitted to help keep you safe which is a meagre offering by modern city car standards. Security kit includes an alarm and there's a three-year warranty, but owners have experienced reliability issues.
The Savvy is one of the cheapest cars you can buy, and claimed economy of nearly 50mpg isn't bad. If you can find someone willing to buy it after three years, expect to recoup little more than a quarter of what you paid.