Suzuki which launched the S-Presso recently in the country is offering the car
with a 998cc petrol K10B engine. There is an option of either a 5 speed manual
transmission or an AMT or Automated Manual Transmission. Maruti calls its AMT
as Auto Gear Shift. We got the top end VXi+ mated to an AGS.
is offering a standard version, an LXi, a VXi with both manual transmission and
AGS and a VXi+ also with MT and AGS. The VXi and VXi+ variants get bigger tyres
at 165/70 R14, while those below get only 145/80 R13 tyres. The dimensions for all the variants are
similar except for the height of the VXi and the VXi+ which is 1564mm, the
other two being 1549mm. The length of the model is 3565mm, the width is 1520mm
and the wheelbase is 2380mm.
Engine: 998cc K10B petrol engine
Max power: 67hp@5500rpm
Max Power: 90Nm@3500rpm
Tyre size: 165/70 R14 tyres
Front: MacPherson strut with coil spring
Rear: Torsion beam with coil spring
Front: Ventilated disc
vehicle definitely has a high stance and looks a lot tough and aggressive from
the front. The bold fascia and the twin
chamber headlights, make up for the front, with a muscular looking bonnet. As an
extra accessory, one can get DRLs too with a switch to operate it inside.
there are the body coloured bumpers. The
side profile looks good with its side body cladding and the decent ground
clearance. Being the top end variant it gets body coloured ORVMs which are
adjustable from inside. Mind you, this adjustable feature is only for the VXi+
variant. Then there are body coloured outside door handles and B-pillar black
out tape. The vehicle sits on non alloy tyres with full wheel covers. The
squarish wheel arches are quite noticeable. There is a roof antenna too.
you move to the rear, the car looks a bit narrow and not as smart as the
front. But then there are these signature
C-Shaped tail lamps. Overall, the
vehicle has an impressive look. Maruti Suzuki calls it a mini SUV. Here I may
not at all agree with them. That’s being a bit too ambitious. It’s a solid
looking small car.
you step inside, you realise that it is no pushover in terms of features. The interiors
look very decent and what really stares at you when you are inside is the huge
circular centre console on the smart looking dashboard, a la BMW Mini kind. But
this is huge by any proportions and this houses the infotainment system and the
instrument cluster. But hey, why are the speedometer and other such gauges not
in front of the driver? Well, Maruti Suzuki thinks this is cool and I did find
this very cool. When you are driving your car, you are at the most bothered
about your speed, and since the screen displays the speed in a very large font,
I don’t think anyone, young or old will be complaining.
front seats are good with decent thigh as well as lumbar support. All seats
have an integrated head rest. At the rear, there is very good space for two
adults, though three would be a squeeze. The rear headrests serve as a mere
showpiece as they have no role to play to support you head. There are no
charging points at the rear, nor are there any AC blowers.
instrument cluster has a digital display where apart from speed, you get to see
fuel consumption figures both instantaneous and average, headlamp on warning,
gear position indicator and distance to empty.
car comes with an air conditioner and heater, storage spaces in front as well
as rear floor console, a glove box, limited spaces on the inner door panels and
a large boot space. This top variant also gets a parcel tray. It gets a USB and
Aux in front along with a 12V socket. Power windows are there for the front
ones which are controlled by two switches on the dash, while the rear windows
get a manual adjustment.
non adjustable power steering wheel gets steering mounted audio and voice
controls. The vehicle has a 7 inches touch screen infotainment system. This is
only offered in the VXi+ variant. It is
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and has Bluetooth connectivity. With
a simple touch of your finger you can select your music from various sources,
you can call anybody through the pared phone for hands free conversation, there
is navigation, and one can also turn your smartphone into a remote control for
using this screen by downloading SmartPlay Studio App.
screen also displays your vehicle alerts where you get details of driving
range, fuel average and other parameters of your vehicle performance. Also, if
your door is open at any stage while the car is moving, there is a door alert
message that is prompted on the screen.
PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY
AMT is fun if you understand it well. There is no Park mode in it, but you get
Neutral, Drive Mode, Reverse and Manual.
On the road, while the cabin was relatively insulated to sound of
passing vehicles, the engine did sound a bit as though it was whining. The
998cc petrol engine produces a peak power of 67hp @ 5500rpm and a peak torque
all you out there who are driving an AMT for the first time, you should realise
this car comes with a crawl or a creep
function, when you take the foot off the brake and the car creeps forward and
this function is a boon in choc a block traffic scenario.
problem comes when you have to suddenly go fast or overtake. I had to keep up
with my cameraperson who was speeding ahead in another car. While that car went
like a rocket, in order to keep up with him I had to get into M or Manual mode.
That was the only way to pick up speed. The car’s suspension was on the stiffer
side, and tiny bumps on the road did not matter. The brakes have a decent bite.
They comprise of ventilated disc in front and drum at the rear. The front
suspension comprises MacPherson strut with coil spring and torsion beam with
coil spring at the rear.
if one were to simply floor the accelerator pedal in Drive Mode, the results
will be disastrous. There is something known as a kickdown which is essentially
a downshift which is activated when one pushes the car’s accelerator to the
floor. Instead of getting higher speeds, the car jerks and then as though it is
taking a deep breath, it moves ahead. That’s wrong style of driving and nothing to
do with the AMT flaw. Here is how it sounds when you floor the pedal.
should remember that an AMT does not work like a CVT or a more modern automatic
gear box. But since it is a lot more affordable and is easy to maintain, most
of the entry level cars get this transmission.
on the HEARTECT Platform, the S-Presso has several safety features like
pedestrian protection, Immobiliser, speed sensitive auto door lock, child proof
rear door lock, airbags for front passengers, ABS with EBD, reverse parking
sensors, speed alter system, low fuel warning (In SmartPlay Studio), Door ajar
warning (In SmartPlay Studio).
for the whining I found the little fellow quite a speedster. As for calling it
a mini SUV, I tossed the car around a bit on a barren track. It took the
punishment quite gracefully. The
S-Presso is not a mini SUV, but definitely a smart, strong and cool vehicle,
just as invigorating as an espresso coffee and very expressive.
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