This is the S-Presso, it is Maruti Suzuki’s take on a mini-SUV.
The car is designed like a box and the wheel arches are exposed.It has an odd-looking grille that gives it the impression of wearing braces.
So, if you like unique and small cars, the car is a good choice. Otherwise, it is just acquired taste.
The car is small and quirky but inside , the S-Presso is way more impressive. Now, it is strictly a four-seater, given its narrow width and the resultant lack of interior shoulder room. But, the headroom is more than usable. What’s more, given the small dimensions of the S-Presso – it measures under 3.6 metres in length – it still has a pretty impressive boot. The boot is both big on capacity and with very few protrusions, it’s usable too
About interior design is quite nice. And the quality of plastic for the car’s price isn’t half bad either. Besides, operability of switches and buttons have a positive ring to it. The cost to buy this car is a great fit for the interior.
We can easily get in and out of the S-Presso. Besides, the front seats and behind seats offer good cushioning. Although, the rear seat though is not as good. It’s too vertical, the headrest doesn’t work, so a comfortable user level is not good for the user.
The car has lots of things like a rear wash-wipe, a lock-unlock button, and an interior rearview mirror with a day-night flick switch. But it still has the basics of a car like manual air conditioning, front only power windows, a touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also gets steering mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth telephony.
How does it drive?
The control of the car is quite easy. Because the steering is light. The clutch too doesn’t require too much muscle power. Besides, its small dimensions and a tight turning circle make it easy to manoeuvre.
With the relatively narrow front windshield, the view upfront is limited. In fact the high dashboard. It seems like one is looking through a pair of thick rimmed square glasses. This limits visibility when you want to park your car.
Because the C-Pillar is so thick, so it could hide a double decker bus behind it. Particularly when you try and look behind before joining a main road. And we are talking about majority of the drivers buying the S-Presso being new to the driving game. Naturally, they will find this mini SUV a bit cumbersome as a result.
The S-Presso is powered by a one-litre three-cylinder engine. This tried and tested engine continues to make 67bhp of max power and 90 of peak torque. It is still naturally aspirated but now it is BS6 compliant. It comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and the option of an AMT.
The S-Presso feels peppy enough, it can get to 100kmph without a struggle.
The damping system is well evaluated. When going on the bad, bumpy roads with 4 people in the car, the car is still flat and absorbent.
The body movement on the S-Presso is acceptable too. It moves relatively soft. But, it isn’t pronounced enough to make the passengers uncomfortable. The poor soundproofing of the cabin makes the user quite uncomfortable. Even at 80kmph, one can hear everything that’s happening outside the car – road, wind, and engine noise, you name it and you can hear it. We would also have liked a more responsive and more communicative steering.
Should I buy one?
The S-Presso will appeal to those who are looking for a unique looking car. A car that defies the regular design logic and odd-looking car.
Space in the car is clear and awesome. Besides, the car has good ride quality, agreeable handling, and a big and usable boot. Plus, it isn’t short on equipment; specific for its class, of course. However, the soundproofing needs to be improved more
So, if you like the car’s design and are looking for a compact city runabout that’s comfortable and easy to manage, well the S-Presso fits the bill.