After Maruti Suzuki launched the S-Presso, it has garnered more attention in a segment where car buyers have been focused on for the last couple of years. The main inspiration for the S-Presso has been the micro SUV-like Renaut Kwid which features a bold design language and has a commanding seating position. The S-Presso’s primary aim is to lure buyers in this entry-level segment who are looking at a spacious cabin, SUV-like looks, and a frugal petrol engine.
Based on a new platform
The S-Presso, like the Baleno, Wagon R, and Ertiga, is based on the new Heartect platform. The car weighs between 726kgs and 763kgs.
A mini SUV
The S-Presso is being marketed as a micro SUV and going by its upright, tall stance, it couldn’t agree less. However, the car is quite boxy when it comes to its proportions. It has a high-set bonnet and it gets rectangular headlamps flanked by a front grille that gets angular chrome elements. The black front and rear bumpers blend rather well with the body cladding on the sides. At the rear too, the car boasts of a straightforward design.
A spacious and lively cabin
Inside the S-Presso, you’ll notice the centrally-positioned instrument cluster that looks like the one seen on a Mini. There is no tachometer but it gets a digital speedometer. The aircon vents are placed on either side of the instrument cluster, while the touchscreen infotainment system is placed below. The all-black cabin is highlighted by body-colored accents bordering the AC vents and instrument cluster. It gets features like a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rear parking sensors, steering-mounted audio controls, ABS, and a speed alert system.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is powered by a BS6-compliant K10B petrol engine that produces 67bhp and 90Nm of torque, mated either to a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The engine is quiet and refined at idle, and even when you pick up the pace. However, when pushed hard, you can hear the engine on the inside. It delivers power in a smooth way and the motor pulls from low revs in high gear. The car picks up speed rather effortlessly. The clutch is well-weighted in the manual model and the 5-speed AMT works in a smooth manner. It manages to overtake without any fuss too. The steering is light and user-friendly, and the suspension is a bit on the firm side, but it soaks in bumps well at low speeds.
Pricing and rivals
The S-Presso is priced between ₹ 3.69-4.91 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The S-Presso comes with a spacious cabin, is packed with equipment, is easy to drive, and is quite a peppy performer. It takes on rivals like the Datsun Redi-Go and Renault Kwid. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.