Although, you had 20 lac rupees almost one year ago and wished to obtain a brand new vehicle. Then, you could only select between the Kia Picanto, the Cultus, Suzuki Swift, and the FAW V2.
The Al-Haj group, previously, has launched the FAW V2; they also have introduced the cheapest sedan in Pakistan. The Proton Saga has been obtaining a frequent amount of attention from the Channels, entertainment channels, and Masses. What is more interesting is that the Saga is a clearly well-maintained Sega that has been priced similar to the little pack hatchbacks in the Pakistan market.
Therefore, the Saga’s better value is comparable to the Kia Picanto and the Suzuki Cultus.
Kia Picanto vehicle has attained a polarizing reaction from the Masses and some love it while others do not. The front features a large front bumper that houses the fog lights and the upper and lower grilles. The upper grille has a Kia tiger-nose shape, albeit smaller than other cars. The headlights also have the parking lights and turn signals are important features within and are settled high up to give the Picanto a more attractive look from the front.
On the side, you can obtain a decent fourteen alloy wheels in the upper alternation. On the sides are tricky hues that run across the length of the car, body-colored door mirrors and an overall short side display.
At the back is a great rear windshield that looks up for more than half of the rear hatch. The rear taillights have a little boomerang-like shape to them while the rear bumper attains reflectors and backlights that provide the Picanto a clean and stylish looking.
The new Cultus which is published in other countries as the Celerio has a little smaller and lighter body than it is previous but has a greater wheelbase and is longer. In the form of styling, it is clearly simple and perfect.
The front has a small hood to balance the whole short size of the car and get easy maneuverability infrequent traffic. It also has a quality pair of halogen headlights, a black and chrome grille with the Suzuki emblem in the center, a pair of optional fog lights, and a standard bumper shape.
On the sides are fourteen-inch alloy wheels, easy power worked mirrors, body-colored door handles, and additional optional turn signals on the front fenders. There are also a few lines and creases on the door to look at the side display edgy. The back of the Cultus has a quite better standard pair of taillights and an additional brake light on the up of the rear hatch. On the other side, it has a good quality design.
Like with Cultus, design, there is not quite differ on with the Proton Saga. It contains have some additional qualities like the fast headlights shape, alloy rims, the latest front bumper, and a matchless front grille in addition to mirror heightened turn signals and DRLs on the bumper of the top trim Saga that contains some character to shape.
At the back are few cosmetic qualities like designing vents and a diffuser, the latest-looking tail lights, and a Deck-lid spoiler that give up the Saga’s looking. Expect, the shape of the car shows too old for the latest car.
There is also some edition R3 variant which is a particular trim level inspired by Protons. There is also some edition R3 variant which is a particular trim level attached by Proton R3 motorsports submission to qualities optional styling lines like the color black as the unique, added by the yellow vinyl stickers and a yellow R3 decal on the wind whistled, expanded side skirts, a top bumper extension and a some less pieces. Only a few numbers of these vehicles will be purchased in Pakistan.
The internal of the Cultus is primarily simple but smart with fundamental fabric seats, an analogue gauge cluster with a digital infotainment screen, a unique CD player with Bluetooth, Aux, and USB connectivity, power windows and dual airbags that only be had in a variant and above. The substances could have been greater as the dash and other panels are all manufactured of cheap plastics.
In terms of cabin space, the Cultus can easily adjust two people in the back, with enough head, shoulder and leg space. A 3rd person can also be seated but for a very short traveling. And all the travelers would be tightly seated in the back.
Kia Picanto has a little modern internally. The instrument cluster also features a digital profile screen for optional infotainment. The steering wheel is also matchless with a retro two-spoke design. It also has a stereo system with a nine-inch touch-sensitive liquid Crystal Display that makes it modern and is quite easy to utilize. The asymmetrical middle vents are also a specific shape element. Other than the Cultus, the Picanto could also have advantaged from a great feature internally like the cheap plastics are a reason of unhappy in this vehicle as well.
The Picanto is easily roomy for four persons. The seats are nice and easy, the headroom and legroom are also nice for a man with an average high and unlike the Cultus, the rear seats of this vehicle have three adjustable headrests.
On the interior, the Saga looks to be backing it’s time again. However, it has a good amount of safety and technical tool, the internally looks quite not modern. Although when compared to the hatchbacks. The internally also looks to be created almost thoroughly out of cheap plastic which despite being durable and does not win the Saga any definition. In the terms of space, The Saga is reported to have a nice cabin place for either a family of five or for four full-grown youngsters.
The inside of this vehicle also looks like that it is made up of almost with the cheap plastic, in spite of being durable; it does not only win any appreciation of the Saga. In terms of room, however, the Saga is reported to have decent cabin space for either a family of 5 or for 4 fully-grown adults.
Dimensions and Weight
Given both the Picanto and the Cultus are city cars and the Saga is a sub-compact sedan; and certainly, the two hatchbacks are quite different from the sedan in terms of measurements. Here are the dimensions and weight of these vehicles:
|Measurements||KIA Picanto||Suzuki Cultus||Proton Saga|
|Wheel Base||2,385 mm||2,425 mm||2,465 mm|
|Overall Width||1,595 mm||1,600 mm||1,689 mm|
|Overall Length||3,595 mm||3,600 mm||4,331 mm|
|Overall Height||1,490 mm||1,540 mm||1,491 mm|
|Kerb Weight (Top Trim)||900 kg||795 kg||1,065 kg|
|Ground Clearance||152 mm||145 mm||150 mm|
The Saga is accessible in the 3 main shorten levels , the quality Manual , the quality Auto and the Ace Auto. All the modification will be given with only one engine, naturally educe four-cylinder petrol engine that gives ninety-four horsepower and one hundred and twenty Newton Meter of torque. The engine will be coupled with either a five-speed manual transmission depending on modification.
There will also be a sparse edition R3 modification which is a special shorten level stimulate by the Proton R3 motorsports division that will be additional styling lines and a little larger engine 1332 cc that is given as the quality in Malaysia. The engine manufactures the same power but shortly more less end torque that the Pakistani 1299 cc engine.
The fuel consumption of the Proton Saga is 12 km/liter to sixteen km/liter as stated by many international car reviewers but figures may alter with respect to each driver in Pakistan.
All the modification of the Suzuki Cultus have one liter naturally educed three-cylinder petrol engine that givers almost seventy horsepower and ninety Newton meter of torque. The engine can unless copulated to a five speed manual automatic transmission. The vehicle halt system contains of a McPherson Struts up front and Torsion Bar Coil spring halt at the back.
The fuel consumption of vehicle that claims is between thirteen to fifteen km/liter intercity and on the highway average reaches to sixteen to eighteen km/liter.
The Picanto is also supplied with a one liter naturally evoked three cylinder petrol engine that gives sixty eight horse power and ninety four Newton meter of torque. The engine can be coupled either a 5 or 4 speed automatic transmission.
The Picanto consumption of fuel average is between 12 to 14 km/liter intercity and 15 and 17 km/liter on the highway.
Specs and Features
The below metioned comparison is among the top variants of each vehicle (car) in terms of features:
|Specs and Features||KIA Picanto A/T||Suzuki Cultus VXL AGS||Proton Saga 1.3 Ace A/T|
|Central Power Door Locks||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Immobilizer System and Burglar Alarm||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Daytime Running Lights||Yes||No||Yes|
|Touch-Based Infotainment Screen||Yes||No||Yes|
|Advanced Gauge Cluster with a Digital Screen||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|12 Volt Socket||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Power Operated Side Mirrors||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Steering Wheel Multimedia-Control Switches||Yes||No||Yes|
|Adjustable Steering Wheel||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ISO Fix Child Seat Anchors||Yes||No||Yes|
Before sharing your reservations, you need to know that these vehicles are from different segments; however, their prices are within the same range, somehow. This is the element that makes the Proton Saga a fair and prominent competitor to these hatchbacks. The prices of all the variants of the cars are as mentioned here briefly:
- KIA Picanto:
- M/T: Rs. 1,899,000
- A/T: Rs. 2,049,000
- Suzuki Cultus:
- VXR: Rs. 1,780,000
- VXL: Rs. 1,970,000
- AGS: Rs. 2,130,000
- Proton Saga:
- Standard Manual: Rs. 1,975,000
- Standard Auto: Rs. 2,125,000
- Ace Auto: Rs. 2,225,000
- R3 Manual: Rs. 2,175,000
- R3 Auto: Rs. 2,425,000
The competition has gone a bit fierce in the vehicle market after the arrival of the Proton Saga; as it has started generating a significant amount in the market. That has happened due to its an impressive range of features and market competitive price.
However, as a new player in the market, the Saga needs to cement its desirability by proving itself on the roads of Pakistan. The car was debuted a few days ago and its deliveries are expected to begin around July, which means that its on-road mannerisms are yet to be experienced by the people.
Once the Saga starts to generate positive word of mouth in the market in terms of its drive and built quality, people might start treating it as a mainstay in the Pakistani automotive market.