There’s a rising concurrence amongst Pakistanis on how automobiles are step by step turning into out of the attain of the frequent man as a result of the common worth of a automobile is between Rs. 2.5 million and Rs. 2.8 million, which is a large quantity for a model new subcompact automobile. The Pakistani market has additionally been getting the identical outdated merchandise with out important enhancements when it comes to options over the previous decade or extra.
It was not till the arrival of the brand new Toyota Yaris that Pakistan acquired a very contemporary product that has been promoting by the boatload ever since. Nevertheless, this 12 months, Toyota, Honda, and Suzuki appear to be in for a comparatively powerful time owing to the arrival of two new alternate options within the subcompact sedan phase of the Pakistan automobile market — the Changan Alsvin and the Proton Saga.
Though the Alsvin was revealed in December 2020, it was formally launched in Pakistan in January 2021 to a heat welcome. Alternatively, the Saga was debuted in Pakistan on 4 April 2020 to a good response. Nonetheless, the query of which automobile would provide higher worth for cash stays.
Here’s a comparability of the Proton Saga and the Changan Alsvin to seek out out:
Though the Proton Saga is not at all ugly, its design comes off as a bit too plain. Nevertheless, its beauty options just like the aggressive headlight design, alloy rims, a contemporary entrance bumper, a novel entrance grille, and the mirror-mounted flip alerts handle to flare up the design only a bit.
It has some extra engaging design components across the rear, akin to ornamental vents and a diffuser, sharp taillights, and a decklid spoiler that perk up its seems to be, however when it comes to general design and silhouette, the Proton Saga seems to be to be a technology outdated automobile, regardless of being new.
Initially, there will probably be a ‘restricted version’ R3 variant, which is a particular trim-level impressed by Proton’s ‘R3’ motorsports division to function extra styling cues like the colour black as the usual, complemented by the yellow vinyl stickers and trim items that add oomph to the design.
The Alsvin wins a number of factors for its higher seems to be. It’s a decent-looking automobile with a trendy entrance fascia, a big and imposing entrance grille, a pointy pair of headlights, cutting-edge LED DRLs, and a clean entrance design.
The facet profile resembles that of every other compact household sedan with a number of sharp strains, an average-looking set of 15-inch alloy wheels, and body-colored door handles for a clear look.
The theme of simplicity continues on the rear, with the design of the taillights, bumper, and reflectors giving the automobile a pleasant, clear, and stylish look. Total, the Alsvin is a reasonably clear and handsome household sedan.
On the within, issues don’t get higher for the Proton Saga. Though it has a good quantity of security and tech tools, the inside seems to be fairly outdated, particularly in comparison with its competitors.
Plus, the inside appears to be made virtually utterly out of low cost, laborious, and glossy plastic, which, regardless of being sturdy, doesn’t do the Saga any favours. That is the place the Saga falls quick as a result of there are a variety of better-looking interiors out out there in the identical automobile phase.
By way of room, the Saga is reported to have first rate cabin area for both a household of 5, or 4 fully-grown adults. The beltline is sort of low, which implies that the drivers and passengers get a transparent view of the skin, and the cabin feels good and ethereal.
The Alsvin has a greater inside when it comes to aesthetics, and though the design will not be too leading edge, it’s on the higher facet of easy interiors with a contemporary cockpit and a cheerful ivory-beige inside that enhances the black dashboard and door panels.
It additionally has a sporty-looking, flat-bottomed, steering wheel with management switches, a 7-inch touch-sensitive infotainment display screen, twin airbags, leather-based seats, and quite a few different options.
By way of room, primarily based on the critiques of the automobile within the worldwide market and contemplating that it’s a subcompact sedan, the Alsvin can comfortably seat both a household of 5, or 4 adults. Nevertheless, like its opponents, individuals taller than six toes could wrestle within the backseat throughout lengthy rides.
Weight and Dimensions
Though each the Proton Saga and the Changan Alsvin are categorised as B-segment sedans, there are fairly a number of variations of their measurements. Here’s what is understood about their proportions:
|Measurements||Proton Saga||Changan Alsvin|
|Wheel Base||2,465 mm||2,610 mm|
|Total Width||1,689 mm||1,745 mm|
|Total Size||4,331 mm||4,390 mm|
|Total Peak||1,491 mm||1,468 mm|
|Kerb Weight (Prime Trim Stage)||1,065 kg||1,240 kg|
The Saga will be had in three important trim ranges — the Customary Handbook, the Customary Auto, and the Ace Auto. All of the variants will probably be supplied with just one engine choice — a 1299 cc, naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 94 hp and 120 Nm of torque. The engine will probably be paired with both a 5-speed handbook or a 4-speed automated transmission relying on the variant.
There will even be a ‘restricted version’ R3 variant, which is a particular trim-level impressed by Proton’s R3 motorsports division that may function extra styling cues and a barely bigger 1332 cc engine that’s supplied as the usual in Malaysia. The engine makes the identical energy however barely extra low-end torque than the Pakistani 1299 cc engine. The R3 variants will even be supplied with a 5-speed handbook or a 4-speed automated gearbox choices.
The automobile’s suspension setup consists of MacPherson struts within the entrance and a Torsion Bar Coil-Spring suspension on the again, permitting for a gentle and clean journey. It additionally has ventilated disc brakes with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) know-how within the entrance and traditional drum brakes within the again.
The gas financial system of the Proton Saga is 12 km/liter to 16 km/liter as claimed by a number of worldwide automobile reviewers, though figures could range with respect to every driver in Pakistan.
The Alsvin is on the market with two powertrain choices. The bottom trim has a 1.37-litre, 4-cylinder Blue Core engine with Twin-Variable Valve Timing Expertise (DVVT ) that delivers 95 hp and 135 Nm of torque, and is mated to a 5-speed handbook gearbox.
The mid and the highest trim ranges each have a 1.5 litre, 4-cylinder Blue Core engine with DVVT that makes a weak 105 hp, however 145 Nm of torque, and is mated to a 5-speed DCT automated gearbox in both of the trim ranges.
For the suspension setup, the Alsvin has MacPherson Struts within the entrance and a torsion bar coil-spring setup on the again. It additionally has ventilated disc brakes within the entrance with ABS Expertise and traditional drum brakes on the again.
Though there aren’t any native figures for the gas financial system out there but, the information from the worldwide market means that the automobile gives a gas common upwards of 13.7 km/litre.
Specs and Options
The comparability of the specs and options of the 2 automobiles is between the highest variants solely to find out the whole vary of options that they provide. The next are the specs and options of each the automobiles:
|Specs and Options||Proton Saga ACE||Changan Alsvin Lumiere|
|Central Energy Door Locks||Sure||Sure|
|Immobilizer System and Burglar Alarm||Sure||Sure|
|Backup Digital camera||Sure||Sure|
|Daytime Operating Lights||Sure||Sure|
|Superior Gauge Cluster with a Digital Display screen||Sure||Sure|
|12 Volt Socket||Sure||Sure|
|Exterior Rear View Mirror Electrical Folding||Sure||Sure|
|Exterior Rear View Mirror Heated||No||Sure|
|Push Begin Button||No||Sure|
|Steering Wheel Multimedia-Management Switches||Sure||Sure|
|Adjustable Steering Wheel||Sure||Sure|
|ISO Repair Little one Seat Anchors||Sure||Sure|
It needs to be stated that the Proton Saga is certainly the most affordable sedan in Pakistan. Contemplating Changan’s current price-hike introduced for the Alsvin, the hole between the mid and top-tier variants of each the automobiles has elevated drastically. The next are the costs of all of their variants:
- 1.3 Customary Handbook: Rs. 1,975,000
- 1.3 Customary Auto: Rs. 2,125,000
- 1.3 Ace Auto: Rs. 2,225,000
- 1.3 R3 Handbook: Rs. 2,175,000
- 1.3 R3 Auto: Rs. 2,425,000
- 1.37 Consolation M/T: Rs. 2,199,000
- 1.5 Consolation DCT: Rs. 2,449,000
- 1.5 Lumiere DCT: Rs. 2,650,000
As will be seen from the small print above, each the newcomers are fairly evenly matched when it comes to conveniences and options. Nevertheless, the Alsvin provides a selection of two engines, is bigger and higher when it comes to aesthetics, and has a nicer inside.
Nonetheless, the Saga is less expensive than the Alsvin, and if you’re searching for a automobile that will get you comfortably from level A to B and fulfill your primary wants, the Proton Saga can be a greater choice, however if you wish to do the identical with a bit extra type and comfort, the Alsvin is the automobile for you.
Nevertheless, it’s advisable to check drive each the automobiles at the very least as soon as and have a really feel of them earlier than making a choice of shopping for a brand new automobile.