Suzuki S-Presso

Suzuki recently launched its S-Presso and I wrote about it even before getting behind the wheel simply because that’s how impressed I was with it at the start. Now that I’ve had the chance to drive it, has my opinion changed at all? Let’s get to it then.

What is it?
The S-Presso is a compact-SUV-type vehicle at a price point of a hatchback. It’s R134 900 so the stiffest competition comes in the form of the Renault Kwid and the Datsun Go. Personally among the three, the S-Presso pips the other two at the post for a number of reasons.

How does it look?
I like the aggressive look about the front of the vehicle. Overall, it reminds me of the Ignis – a vehicle I love anyway. The black and chrome exterior details makes the S-Presso look as if it can take on some tough terrain – or at least adequately take on a few gravel pathways.

What about living with it?
Once you climb inside, the seats are relatively comfortable and the interior feels modern and somewhat classy. There are plenty of nice-to-haves that come as standard to make your life easier. This includes two airbags as standard, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with emergency brake-force distribution (EBD), electric windows for the front occupants, rear parking sensors, air conditioning, power steering and a multi-information display, which includes information such as distance to empty, trip duration and distance traveled. The GL+ specification level adds a full-colour infotainment system that is touch sensitive, comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB and auxiliary-in ports and Bluetooth connectivity.

How does it go?
It’s fair. You’re not buying the S-Presso to race it around the track, so the 50kW from the 1.0-litre petrol unit will get you around your lockdown missions with ease. It also weighs a mere 767kg, so it’s not a lot of heavy metal to move around. The model that I drove has a five-speed manual ‘box. Together, the two don’t do much for you up a hill, so patience is required then, but otherwise it’s perfectly adequate. There is also a five-speed auto for those who prefer that.

Should you buy one?
If you’re shopping within this budget then definitely. You will be hard-pressed to find a car that offers what the S-Presso offers in looks, lifestyle appeal and standard specification at this price. Also, aside from the 5-year / 200 000km mechanical warranty returns, a comprehensive roadside assistance with emergency medical rescue that are both included in the price, the all S-Presso models are sold with one year’s complementary insurance.

Quick Stats: Suzuki S-Presso
Price: Starts at R134 900
Powertrain: 1.0-litre petrol  50kW, 90Nm, 5-speed manual/auto
Performance: 4.9l/100km fuel consumption

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