The Saga was initially fitted from 1984 to 1985 with a 1,781cc water-cooled Volkswagen 1800 engine capable of delivering 96 hp of power at 5,200 rpm and generating 15.6 kgf·m of torque at 3,400 rpm. This motor was replaced in 1986 with a four-cylinder Volkswagen 800 AP of the same displacement, which could produce 92 hp of power at 5,000 rpm and 14.6 kgf·m of torque at 2,800 rpm. With the later 800 AP, the Saga could reach speeds up to 175 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in as little as 13 seconds. Both engines were accompanied by a five-speed gearbox. Disc brakes were used in the front and rear of the vehicle, and for suspension, independent McPherson struts and a stabilizer were utilized for the front and a rigid axle was used for the back. Standard features included a sunroof, electrically-controlled external mirrors, a rear defroster, electric windows, an electrically-opened trunk, air conditioning, and a fridge. Also, cars made from 1985 onward came with a remote control for opening the doors. Optional features were a turbocharger with intercooler provided by Garrett, a radio casette player and TV, and an on-board computer with voice synthesizer. The Saga measured 4.53 m in length and weighed 1200 kg. It rode on a wheelbase of 2.58 m.