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DRIVEN: New Suzuki S-Presso

2020/09/08

Suzuki recently introduced its new S-Presso tyke as an answer to the Datsun Go and Renault Kwid A-segment vehicles. 

Yes, the dark cloud surrounding the two tykes when it comes to their safety still hangs even today, yet they keep selling like hotcakes, but that is another story for another day. I keep seeing a lot of Suzuki S-Presso vehicles on the road, and the eagerness inside of me to test one grew bigger and bigger.

Few days down the line, the keys to the S-Presso S-Edition were handed over to me, and I must say, I was somehow a bit impressed with the odd-looking vehicle. 

From a safety point of view, I was happy to know that all S-Presso models come standard with SRS front dual airbags, ABS with EBD, a central door locking system and an immobiliser and also for parents, childproof rear door locks for that peace of mind when you have toddlers in the car. 

From the exterior point of it all, Suzuki tried, however, the design still fell short, yet my absolute favourite spot was inside the vehicle.

 

The interior comes equipped with almost all your essential modern accessories such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 7-inch infotainment system, aux as well as a USB port. The one thing that made me go ballistic was the rear parking assist system.

 

I honestly did not expect that from such a small vehicle, and it was a rather fun discovery, which pretty much sums up the S-Presso model. 

From its vibrant Stary Blue Pearl colour that was worn by my test unit to its somehow mini (don’t take yourself too seriously) SUV feel, I had a bit of fun. 

On the road, I mostly had to depend on my driving abilities, more especially when undertaking cornering prowess and driving at high speeds, I swear, not so much JMPD, that’s where I felt how much of a lightweight it was. 

It’s not very sturdy or rather not very firm on the road, and the wind noise does make it that much more of a nag when you go beyond a 100 km/h. 

On that note, I’d easily describe this as a city car, so if you’re prone to frequent long-distance travels, this one might not be your best pick.

In terms of fuel consumption, it is right on the economic front, with a claimed 4.9l/100km, on a single full tank I’d say my colleague Ntsako and I managed to cover over 400 km with a single tank of fuel. 

Likes

  • Drives  better than rivals
  • Makes a viable run around vehicle
  • Fuel-Efficient 

Dislike

  • Wind noise is a concern
  • Not fit for long-distance 

Verdict

Although I had no business doing so, I did try my luck on the road. Yes, because I am just that ambitious.

 

However, considering that its engine is a 1.0-litre petrol engine with 50 kW and 90 Nm of torque plus a 5-speed manual transmission, I was only able to do the minimal, which I believe ordinary people looking for an A to B kind of car would be able to live with the S-Presso. 

 
 



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