I took over the long-term S-Presso in January from Jared. And within the first week itself, I realised that it grabs a lot of attention, especially in this candy orange shade. In the past few weeks, I have encountered numerous inquisitive car buyers who, clearly bowled over by the design, wanted to know how the car’s been performing. Frankly, I am not a huge fan of the design, but it clearly turns a lot of heads.
The engine is mated to an AMT, which is convenient to drive, but the transmission feels jerky in its shifts. There is also a slight lag after you release the brake and before the car actually moves.
On the positive side, the S-Presso is quite efficient both in the city and on the highway. In the 800 plus kilometres I have driven so far, the car has returned an overall efficiency of about 16km/l, which, considering that roads in Mumbai look like parking lots, is quite impressive.
When it came: December 2019
Current Odo reading: 5,331kms
Mileage this month: 883kms
Fuel efficiency: 15.8km/l
What’s good: Fuel efficiency
What’s not: Sluggish transmission