Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 12 September 2020

While as a motoring reviewer I am afforded the chance to drive many big, expensive cars which pack every imaginable luxury, and while I consider this to be a perk of the position, there is always a special soft spot which I have for vehicles which are affordable to you and me, vehicles which I could afford to buy and yet really enjoy. Welcome to South Africa’s most affordable new car and its brilliant!

The Key Figures

  • Price:R152 900 (September 2020) – *model shown ; Pricing from R139 900
  • Engine:Naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol
  • Power/Torque:50 kW / 90 Nm
  • Transmission:5-speed manual
  • Fuel economy: 4.9 L/100 km (27-litre tank)
  • Load space:239 litres

With its 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine, the S-Presso produces 50 kW and 90 Nm of torque and drives the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. While these figures seem small, with its mere 770kg curb weight, the power delivery is more than ample and actually even leans on the side of a fun, nippy and incredibly fuel-efficient drive.

The cabin of the S-Presso is a fun space to be. Suzuki has proven with this little city slicker that affordable certainly doesn’t have to be dull! With bright colours as seen on the exterior of the range, you get vibrant interior trim colours. Taking centre stage, particularly in the GL+ and S-Edition guise models is a 7-inch touchscreen media system at the centre in its own “Mini-esque” style layout. If for this feature alone which packs the likes of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a reversing camera and PDC, before even mentioning anything else the S-Presso offers incredible value for money motoring for its price.

Couple a noticeable exterior style, with feature-packed interior space, SUV type qualities with ABS, Dual-Airbags, a 239-litre deep boot area with a great 5-speed transmission and all for a price starting below *R140 000 (in South Africa) and what you have with the Suzuki S-Presso is simply the best little car within its motoring segment in my opinion! Just to top-off the whole offering, Suzuki SA sells the S-Presso with a 2yr/30,000km Service Plan and 5yr/200,000km Warranty.

Be sure to also read our reviews of its neareast competitors at;

The Renault Kwid:

Renault KWID – Budget Friendly But Is It Worth Your KWID?

The Datsun GO:

Datsun GO 1.2 Lux (2019) – Refreshingly Affordable & Good

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