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 costs 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 also happen to love. 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 farm tracks.
What about living with it?
Climb inside and you’ll find relatively comfortable seats, with an interior that feels modern and somewhat classy. There are plenty of nice-to-haves that come as standard to make your life easier, including two front 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 travelled.
The GL+ specification level adds a full-colour infotainment system that is touch sensitive including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as 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 only weighs a mere 767kg, so it’s not a lot of heavy metal to move around. The model that I was fortunate to drive had the five-speed manual ‘box and combined, the two don’t do much for you up hills, so some patience is required. Everywhere else, though, it’s perfectly adequate, and the 4.9l/100 fuel consumption is very attractive too. There is also a five-speed auto for those who prefer that.
Should you buy one?
If you’re shopping and have a very tight budget, then yes, 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, the S-Presso also includes a 2-year/30 000km service plan and comprehensive roadside assistance with emergency medical rescue, and factor in that all S-Presso models are sold with one year’s complementary insurance, the value proposition by the S-Presso looks all the more attractive. I’m sold!
Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 GL Specs:
Price R134 900
Engine 1l 3-cylinder, petrol
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Driven Wheels Front
Top Speed N/A
Average Fuel Consumption 4.9l/100km
CO2 Emissions 118g/km