With the Auto Expo 2020 behind us, I finally got a chance to stretch the legs of the S-Presso. Up until now, I had only driven it within the city limits where I would leave the AMT to do its thing, despite its cringe-worthy shifts. Yup, Mumbai traffic makes you do things that you’d do neither for love nor for money. But using the manual mode on the highway somewhat masks the shortcomings of the transmission and allows you to see the engine for what it is. On paper, a 1.0-litre 67bhp motor may not seem much, but it has enough poke. The engine is free-revving and the throttle is responsive, making it quite entertaining to drive.
On this road trip, for the first time, I also had three adults seated at the back, and I can tell you they did not look or feel comfortable. The narrow width of the car just doesn’t free up enough shoulder room.
Another issue with the S-Presso is that the microphone has stopped functioning. Maybe Maruti Suzuki needs to dig deeper into the problem and find a fix for it soon - for what’s the use of Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and all such fancy features, if the microphone doesn’t do its job, right?
When it came: November 2019
Current Odo reading: 6,951km
Mileage this month: 1,620km
Fuel efficiency: 16.3km/l
What’s good: Peppy motor
What’s not: Not enough room for 5