Since the time the S-Presso entered the autoX garage in Mumbai in November, it has been used extensively as a support car for all our shoots. With Mumbai to Lonavla and Pune runs being a weekly affair, this city slicker was spending more time on the highway than in its natural habitat. On long straight expressways, limitations of the S-Presso’s puny motor and slab-sided body really came to the fore. While driving up the hills of Lonavala, the S-Presso’s limited power and the sluggishness of its AMT were often evident too.
But now, with the Coronavirus hitting the country hard and forcing us into a complete lockdown, all our shoots have, of course, come to a halt. The car remains mostly parked, except for the weekly grocery runs to the local market.
For the first time since it came, the S-Presso has been restricted to the urban surroundings, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that it feels right at home. In fact, it has got me thinking that in the post-corona era, cars like the S-Presso can be an ideal mobility solution. With the Maruti badge on the nose, it is reliable, efficient, and easy on the pocket. Sometimes functional capability is all you need.
When it came: November 2019
Current Odo reading: 8,379kms
Mileage this month: 85kms
Fuel efficiency: 13.9km/l
What’s good: Reliability
What’s not: Has remained parked