Introducing the Mini MPV that’s perfect for the city!
To meet the demand for small crossover style cars, Suzuki Philippines introduced the funky S-Presso. Patterned after the popular “KEI” mini cars of Japan, the S-presso combines the size of the popular Alto with a higher crossover roof clearance of the Super Carry baby van.
The new bantam hatchback is unusual looking right from the get-go. Dubbed as an easygoing people transporter, it takes on the market by introducing its own style of design; not a car but not a crossover. It’s somewhere in between.
As expected, the interior is tight but manageable. The driver and passenger arms can move more freely, with the absence of a high console box. The seats are perched high enough to give a commanding view up front. The upholstery is quite attractive, with black fabric mixed with checkered pattern; a funky design that fits the S-presso personality.
The dash, however, is the point of contention; the gauge cluster is in the middle, instead of the driver’s side. It takes a little getting used to, but ultimately, its very readable, with the bug digital speedometer dominating the cluster; that’s all you need with this car. Fuel level and water temp are the only extra gauges.
A trademark of Suzuki is the infotainment system. The display is big, so big that the rear passengers can read it without difficulty. The 7-inch Touchscreen Audio Integrated 2DIN with 2 speakers is admittedly a nice touch and it’s a good thing Suzuki didn’t scrimp on this. Connectivity is the usual Auxiliary, Bluetooth and USB
Oh yeah, lest we forget, the controls for the front power windows are located next to the flasher button just below the infotainment. Only the front windows are with power feature.
The cargo hold has limited capacity, even when the rear seat is down, as they do not fold all the way. Well, you can’t have it all.
The Engine that could
Surprisingly, the 1.0 liter 3-Cylinder engine is quite peppy. The torque is impressive for a small-displacement engine.. Available only with a 5-speed manual tranny, this combo can make trips a little lively even with passengers. Frugality and excitement go hand-in-hand with the S-presso.
The S-Presso is a fine mix of sorts; a bantam size car with a mini crossover height. Basically, it’s a car with high ceiling clearance that’s clearly a boon for tall passengers. It has a smaller turning radius of 4.5m that makes u-turns and turning in tight spots a cinch.
The 180mm ground clearance is very ideal with urban jaunts; it can clear obstacles and high ramps. Ingress/egress is definitely easier and more importantly, makes flood wading possible.
- Sizzle Orange
- Fire Red
- Metallic Granite Grey
- Silky Silver
Engine: 1.0 liter, (K10B) 3-Cylinder, naturally aspirated, Gas
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
Power: Max. Power: (ps/rpm) 65 PS/5,500 rpm
Torque: Max. Torque: 90 Nm/3,500 rpm
Brakes: Front: Ventilated Disc Rear: Drum
Suspension: Front: McPherson Strut Rear: Torsion Beam with Coil Spring
Tire size: 165/70R/14
Audio System: 7-inch Touchscreen Audio Integrated 2DIN with 2 speakers
Connectivity: Aux, Bluetooth, USB
Dimensions:: Length (mm) 3,565 Width (mm) 1,520 Height (mm) 1,549
- Boot Space (Litres) 270
- Ground Clearance Unladen (mm) 180
- Wheel Base (mm) 2,380
- Kerb Weight (Kg) 758
- Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
- Front Airbag
- Passenger Airbag
- Brake Assist
- Central Locking
- Child Safety Locks
- Power Steering
- Accessory power outlet
- Rear seat headrest
- Power window (Front only)
- Remote lock
Price (as tested) PHP 518,000
For more information, visit: www.auto.suzuki.com.ph
Suzuki Philippines Inc.: Carmelray Industrial Park I Carmeltown, 126 Progress Ave, Calamba, 4028 Laguna
Text/Images: Earl Manalansan