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Maruti Suzuki has sold more than 75,000 units of the S-Presso within a year of its launch on September 30, 2019.
Today the car is strongly positioned in the entry-level segment despite the numerous challenges the segment faces.
Due to some of its segment-first features like dynamic center console and steering mounted audio and voice control, the car has created a strong niche for itself in the category that it is positioned in.
The S-Presso, as with all the latest models from Maruti, does not offer a diesel engine.
The fuel choices, therefore, are limited to Petrol and CNG.
The car is powered by the same 998 cc three-cylinder petrol engine that powers the Wagon R, the Alto, and the Celerio.
It produces 67bhp/90Nm and is BS6 compliant.
In addition, you can choose between a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS).
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What happens when you put together high-view seating and a dynamic center console along with steering-mounted audio with voice controls? You get a mini-SUV that feels alive when you step in. Add some clever pricing to it and you have bridged the Alto and the Wagon R. Welcome to the Maruti S-Presso - the latest entrant to the Maruti stable.
The first thing that strikes you as you get started with the car is its height. Unlike other hatchbacks in the category, you can walk into this one without bending yourself. The car boasts a turning radius of 4.5 metres and quirky interiors. The Heartect platform on which the car is based can absorb high impacts.
Between the base model and the Rs.5.36 lakh variant, which is the costliest, there are six variants that are available in six colours. The base model is priced at Rs.3.78 lakhs. The best-selling variant is the VXI and is priced at Rs.4.40 lakh. Automatic transmission is available on the VXI AT and the VXI plus AT which are priced at Rs.4.90 lakh and 5.06 lakh respectively.
The S-Presso faces tough competition in the mid-range hatchback segment. Hyundai Santro, Renault Kwid, Datsun Go, Tata Tiago, prove to be tough competitors. From the Maruti range itself, the S-Presso faces competition from the likes of the Ignis, Wagon-R, and the Alto K10.
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Normally due to lack of headroom, knee room and shoulder room, tall or heavy set people generally avoid the back seat.
But this mini-SUV has overcome this constraint by offering enough space in the back seats.
In fact, the S-Presso offers enough space for four six-footers to be seated comfortably.
The car tricks this space into existence by offering slimmer door pads, slim seats, and a high roof.
The suspension deserves a mention as it ensures a smooth ride even on rough rural terrain.
It is something that other cars in its price range cannot offer. It offers a smooth ride on poor roads by leveraging on its high ground clearance and a long suspension.
When it comes to branding the S-Presso wins hands down as it comes from Maruti Suzuki, a brand that inspires confidence among car buyers in general.
Since the car was conceptualized, designed, and manufactured in India this could be the car of choice for first-time buyers, as it has the Maruti service network backing them up.
On the flip side, exterior design can be an eyesore to some and not appealing to others.
Also, the side profile is forgettable at best and bland at its worst. The car does not have a camera or rear power windows.
The front power window whose control is given at the center console is not ergonomically appealing.
When at high speed, the brakes may not be as efficient as expected. If you wanted a premium car look then this car is a strict no-no.
You may find the S-Presso a bit costly considering the starting price of the Kwid is Rs.3.32 lakh. The engine that the Kwid uses is 999cc. When it comes to spares and service centers the S-Presso far outpaces the Kwid. The mileage is almost the same in both the S-Presso and the Kwid. Among the safety features, the S-Presso has a speed sensing auto door lock. There is no matching feature in the Kwid.
The turning radius of the S-Presso is 4.5 metres and the company claims it is the best in its class. One might feel that feature-wise the S-Presso does not deliver bang for the buck. However, given that the manufacturer is trying to position the car as a mini-SUV it certainly is worth buying.
The company has worked on the engine pretty well, as it has not lost out on performance despite being BS6 compliant. The safety features such as airbags and the Heartect platform on which it is constructed are features that make anyone feel safe while driving the car. The fact that the interiors can comfortably handle tall people is an SUV-ish feature. This big small car is certainly worth buying as it does not lose out on any department other than its exterior looks.
First-time family car buyers can opt for the S-Presso as it comes from the Maruti stable which means procuring spares and servicing will be hassle-free. By positioning it as a mini SUV but also not losing out on its family car appeal, Maruti has truly delivered a sucker punch to its competitors.
Body Type Hatchback
Fuel Type Petrol
ARAI Mileage 21.7 kmpl
Seating Capacity 5