I have walked into the cabin and quite literally, walked into it. You don’t need to crouch like you usually do in a car. And, look at the amount of space on offer here.
Tall people generally avoid the second row of these compact entry-level cars. Reasons being limited headroom, knee-room and shoulder room. However, in the S-Presso, there's enough space to fit them in. So, for average-sized individuals like me it's quite a roomy place to be in. Slim seats, slimmer door pads and a high roof have helped carve-out that space inside.
Utility and Usability
After interior space, let's take a look at the storage spaces too. There's nothing at the back, but then it’s quite a practical cabin for those in the front.
For example, there's this shelf on the dashboard above the glove box. It comes handy to keep your wallet and cell-phone. There are cup-holders in the centre-floor console with some more stowage slots for other items. And despite the door being slim, these get bottle holders that can hold one-litre bottles in it.
You sit high up with a good view of the road ahead. And the engine is not only peppy but smooth through the rev range. Also, what we have here is the AMT gearbox, which only adds to the convenience.
This 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine produces 67bhp of power and 90Nm of torque. It's sufficient enough with a good bottom-end torque to keep up with the city traffic. And it does make good progress even on the highway by easily cruising at triple digit speeds. Then, the AMT gearbox is nicely tuned too, without showing any pronounced delays in shifts.
With all the talk about this being a mini-SUV, Maruti Suzuki has nailed it with its ride quality. The suspension is well tuned to absorb bumps and undulations on poorly surfaced roads. Then, the combination of the high ground clearance and long suspension travel, only makes it easier for the S-Presso, to take on rural landscapes or broken roads.
Maruti Suzuki Brand Name
The Maruti Suzuki badge itself is good enough to convince buyers to buy this product. The S-Presso is conceptualised, designed, engineered and made in India. So, thanks to the easy access to service and spares, first-time buyers won't think much about its after-sales service and spares availability. No wonder then, the S-Presso makes a strong case for itself through Maruti's strong dealer network.