Does size matter? For small cars, yes – every little bit helps. And if Proton has global aspirations for its new Compact Car, it’d better square up well against everyone else in the playground, dimensions-wise.

At yesterday’s media preview event, CEO Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah stressed that the Proton Compact Car is “not an A-segment car,” leading us to believe that it was designed to go up against the immensely popular B-segment Perodua Myvi, which is already pretty voluminous inside.

So let’s break out the tape measure. The Proton Compact Car, it was revealed yesterday, is 3,905 mm long, 1,720 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, which makes it 215 mm longer, 55 mm wider and 5 mm taller than the Myvi. The PCC’s 2,555 mm wheelbase also beats the Myvi’s by 115 mm.


UPDATE: Boot volume for the Perodua Myvi has been corrected to 208 litres from the incorrect 225 litres.

Having tried out the back seats, we’d say rear space is comparable to that of the Myvi, with width being perhaps the most palpable improvement. The base of the Proton’s rear seats are quite long, providing good thigh support.

Up front, there’s less of a perception of space than in the Myvi, due to the presence of a centre console (the Myvi’s gear lever is mounted on the dashboard, freeing up space beneath). But in terms of boot volume, the PCC just beats the Myvi, at 215 versus 208 litres. However, lest we forget, the soon-to-be-launched A-segment Perodua Axia can hold 260 litres in its boot!

As you can see above, we’ve lined up the dimensions of the Proton Compact Car alongside those of its contemporaries, both inside and outside of its segment, to help you visualise and compare.