If you are a new driver working with a conservative budget for your first car purchase, your choices are somewhat limited to mini hatchbacks. They’re compact and fun-sized, and will get the job of bringing you from point A to B done well enough. But that was before the Suzuki S-Presso was introduced in the local market.
Suzuki Philippines was supposed to launch the S-Presso last March, but the company canceled the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, after a few months of staying at home, we were finally able to get our hands on this mini-SUV.
Mini-SUV, you ask? It’s smaller than the Celerio and the Swift, but the Japanese carmaker calls the S-Presso a mini-SUV because it happens to be taller than both, with overall height at 1,565mm and ground clearance of 180mm. That latter figure is almost on par with the ground clearance of subcompact SUVs priced closer to the P1-million range.
The S-Presso runs on a 1.0-liter mill that puts out 67hp and 90Nm of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. And if you are a yuppie looking for a starter car, the basic niceties and no-fuss details inside and out should be enough for theP518,000 price this car commands. Click play on the video above to learn more about it, and check out 10 fast facts about this little Suzuki here.