Considering the size of Philippine roads, and the below-poverty level of the take-home pay of most families here, you’d half-expect small and cheap cars like the Suzuki S-Presso to be an extremely popular transportation option for most Filipino familes. Alas, it’s a wonder why many of our fellowman tend to gravitate toward bigger and luxurious SUVs despite only needing a small hatchback for their transportation needs.
But for those of us willing to keep ourselves grounded in reality, the likes of the 2021 Suzuki S-Presso, well-built and equipped with enough features to meet the daily driving needs of the everyday Juan, will be enough.
The Suzuki S-Presso is powered by a conservative 1.0-liter gasoline engine good enough for 67hp and 90Nm of torque, with a 5-speed manual serving as the only transmission option. Dimensions-wise, this little kei car measures 3565mm x 1520mm x1565mm, with a 180mm ground clearance. Despite the diminutive size, a 2380mm wheelbase provides ample legroom for both front and rear occupants.
Small cars are widely known for not being too good at dampening external noises, vibrations, and harshness (NVH) from getting into the cabin, but Suzuki elevates the S-Presso’s NVH-combatting abilities through optimized body characteristics. Meanwhile, improved insulation, combined with intricate improvements to optimize airflow, deliver the ideal balance of design and aerodynamic performance.
Safety is enhanced by Suzuki’s signature HEARTECT platform that keeps the S-Presso’s overall weight light while ensuring the body’s strength and energy-dispersing capabilities should the unfortunate happen. Other safety features of the S-Presso include an anti-brake locking system, dual airbags, rear parking assist, and engine immobilizer.
As for the Suzuki S-Presso’s interior, this fabric-upholstered five-seater possesses multiple travel conveniences such as a manual air conditioner with heater, cup holders, personal storage nooks, and front power windows. Its luggage compartment is listed to accommodate 239 liters of cargo space, large enough for groceries and other daily driving storage needs.
With a starting price of PHP523,000, and available in only one trim (GL MT), the Suzuki S-Presso is as basic as a daily driver can get, counting the Toyota Vios, Mitsubishi Mirage and Honda Brio among its market rivals. For those who want to know more about this traditional hatchback, here are the specifics about the Suzuki S-Presso’s list of features.
Dimensions (mm): 3565 x 1520 x 1565
Wheelbase (mm): 2380
Ground clearance (mm): 180
Seating Capacity: 5
Trunk Capacity (liters): 239
Fuel Tank Capacity (liters): 27
Curb Weight (kg): 750 / 770
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg): 1170
Engine Type: 1.0L K10B 3 Cylinder 12 Valve Gasoline
Displacement (cc): 998
Max power (hp/RPM): 67 @ 5500
Max torque (Nm/RPM): 90 @ 3500
Transmission type: 5-speed manual
Front / Rear Suspension: Macpherson Strut / Torsion Beam
Front/Rear Brakes: Ventilated Disc / Drum
Wheels: 165 / 70 R14 Steel
Headlights: Halogen Multi-Reflector
Position Lamps: With
Rear Combination Lamps: LED
Outside Door Mirrors: Body Color, Manual Adjust
Outside Door Handles: Body Color
Remote Tailgate Opener
Color options: Sizzle Orange, Fire Red, Metallic Granite Grey, Metallic Silky Silver
Seat Material: Vinyl and Fabric Combination
Steering Wheel: Urethane
Gear Shift Knob: Urethane
Air Conditioner Type: Manual with Heater
Parking Brake: Manual
7-inch Multimedia Audio with AM/FM, Bluetooth, and USB Connectivity
Remote Control Door Locks
12-Volt Accessory Socket
Front SRS Airbags
Rear Parking Sensors
Interested in snapping up a Suzuki S-Presso for yourself? Carmudi has both new and used versions of the model for your car shopping selection.
Photos from Suzuki