Locked up with the new Suzuki S-presso
First time buyers are spoilt for choice these days, the entry level segment is awash with great contenders, great being the operative word, as the country or the world faces an enemy like no other I was tasked to test Suzuki’s new small baby. The media launch was cancelled days before the Lockdown of the country, this left us puzzled as we had never experienced what we’re going through right now, I was fortunate as I am broadcaster so that meant I was afforded a working permit to carry on doing my radio show. This also meant I could drive to places albeit very limited, the station is about 40kms from my home, and I also happen to do quite a bit of errands in the same distance.
So there I was with a bright blue Suzuki at home, first glance I was impressed the interior,it had spunk thanks to colour- matched inserts on doors panels and parts of the dash, the nice seats that felt great to the touch, they look a tad higher but as I am not vertically blessed so I was quite cosy when seated.
The setting was simple and straight forward apart from front side window button located on centre console, that took some getting used , the centre console also did more duty than usual, in the sense that the cluster is centred which had an rather interesting view for me as a driver. Space was not an issue at all, new Suzukis followed the ongoing level generosity in interior space, legroom and head room is ample, I sat quite comfortably in the backseat.
Exterior looks are decent and worth a look see as I experienced with the amount of interest from onlookers, it could also be the fact that the Television advert was on high rotation when I had the car on test, it does possess that “BOLD” factor. The S-Presso is powered by the loyal 3cyl normally aspirated 1.0L , claimed to generate 50Kw and 90nm which does great duty to haul the charming new comer, it is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels, the drive is quite impressive for what is claimed in terms of power, its one of those cars the “twitter car experts” would label a great “daily” even though it would never feature in radar. Its packed with decent features, I was pleasantly amazed by the rear view camera mated to the park distance control in the S-Edition model mule we tested, the touchscreen radio with Bluetooth was a nice touch, it can be paired with your smart phone if you so wish thanks to Android Auto, the USB port made life easier for me as most of my music in stored in USBs. The fuel consumption was impressive as the 30L had covered just under 500 kms, this was a combination of urban and highway driving.
At R147 900 it makes a quite a compelling argument, in fact it gets my nod over the competition for many reasons, with a 200 000kms warranty , and service plan it does make it , safety being a major draw card, seeing 2 airbags gave me a surety.
Even as a downscale post lockdown, most people may find that necessary and this Suzuki may just be the answer for those financial woes.
Thanks to Suzuki South Africa for the test unit even in trying times.
Yours in motoring
Wezile Lorenzio Bonani
3 Time CarsAwards Judge
Radio Presenter (BayFM)