This blue S-Presso has been my each day driver for greater than six months now; however I’ve put only a few kilometres on the odometer in that point. Whereas the journey restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 lockdown had been partly in charge, Autocar India’s new work-from-home schedule additionally performed a component. As this working association turned the ‘new regular’ for me, the S-Presso sat idle on most weekdays, aside from the occasional post-work grocery run or brief journeys for family errands.
Nonetheless, whereas my weekday driving was subsequent to none, every weekend, the automobile would do near 50-75km. I used to be one in all a gaggle of volunteers for a free clean-water distribution initiative focused at COVID-19 frontline staff and sufferers. The S-Presso turned my companion in serving the town of Mumbai through the pandemic, as we acquired requests for clear ingesting water from varied areas throughout the town.
Cabin Storage: A number of cubbyholes show fairly useful for storing knick-knacks.
The S-Presso’s cabin is kind of tiny, however it nonetheless has intelligent storage areas, particularly within the centre console, which is now getting used to maintain sanitiser and disinfectants. The big bottle holders within the doorways have additionally confirmed fairly helpful. The slim cabin means I can simply attain out and modify the left wing mirror with out eradicating my seat belt, and even shut the rear-left door whereas nonetheless sitting within the driver’s seat. Talking of which, the seats are okay, so far as cushioning is worried; however I might have liked adjustable headrests and a few extra thigh help.
Smartplay Infotainment: Sluggish to reply, even through steering-mounted controls.
Our top-spec S-Presso has virtually all of the options you want, together with the SmartPlay Studio infotainment system that helps Android Auto in addition to Apple CarPlay. The audio system are respectable and supply common music high quality. The Bluetooth microphone, nonetheless, stopped functioning a number of months in the past and must be fastened.
Micro Malfunction: Bluetooth microphone stopped working, which suggests no extra answering telephone calls.
The S-Presso’s 1.0-litre engine is as peppy as ever, and paired with the 5-speed handbook gearbox, it’s a breeze to drive within the metropolis. It’s change into much more enjoyable now, due to the decreased visitors, as extra individuals are actually working from house. At instances, with out even realising, I find yourself doing speeds a lot increased than normal, so I’ve to regulate the centrally-mounted speedometer to make sure I’m below the velocity restrict. The steering, nonetheless, is kind of imprecise and wishes too many turns, lock to lock. That stated, it’s very mild and simple to make use of within the metropolis, and mixed with the automobile’s brief 3.56m size, delivering tight areas is a breeze.
Journey High quality: Regardless of its measurement, the S-Presso soaks up monsoon-ravaged roads nicely.
My plan with the S-Presso was to take it for an out-of-city drive through the summer season, which hasn’t materialised but. Nonetheless, I’m hoping to take action within the coming weeks. Extra on that in my subsequent report.
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