‘Do You’ with the upgraded Suzuki S-Presso

Virtually every specification that has made it one of Suzuki’s top-selling compact cars – from fuel efficiency to safety and style - has been improved and upgraded for the new, upgraded Suzuki S-Presso. Picture: Supplied.

Virtually every specification that has made it one of Suzuki’s top-selling compact cars – from fuel efficiency to safety and style - has been improved and upgraded for the new, upgraded Suzuki S-Presso. Picture: Supplied.

Published Apr 20, 2023


Can you fit more features, fun and fuel efficiency into your most compact model?

With Suzuki the answer is yes, you can. Suzuki is the world leader in building fuel efficient, safe, and funky compact cars. It has proven that with the upgraded Suzuki S-Presso.

The S-Presso first arrived on South African shores shortly before lockdown and has since become a top-seller in the passenger vehicle market, thanks to its high ground clearance, spacious cabin, high specification level - and of course, its top-notch fuel consumption.

All these features, and many more, have now been dialled up to 10 for the upgraded model, which is available immediately at Suzuki dealers across South Africa.

“Our slogan for the S-Presso is ‘Do You’ as we found that it allowed young and old to do more of what they wanted to do, without breaking the budget.

“For the upgraded S-Presso, we invite our Suzuki family to do even more, and we have improved and upgraded virtually every specification that has made the S-Presso one of our top-selling compact cars,” says Brendon Carpenter, Brand Marketing Manager of Suzuki Auto South Africa.

Do You with less fuel

• Dualjet 1.0 K10C engine now fitted to range

• 4.6 l / 100km for 4.4 AMT version.

• Stop-Start technology fitted to all models

At the heart of the S-Presso upgrade is the fitment of Suzuki’s Dualjet petrol engine.

As part of Suzuki’s globally popular K-Series of engines, the new 1.0 Dualjet engine in the S-Presso (code named K10C) is fitted with two injectors per cylinder for more efficient fuel flow to the combustion chambers.

The combustion chambers have in turn been made smaller to vastly increase the thermal efficiency and fuel combustion, and there are new piston cooling oil jets to keep the engine running at optimal temperature, despite the higher combustion efficiency.

The K10C engine first reported for duty in the compact Suzuki Celerio, and it has since earned the Celerio the title of most fuel efficient passenger vehicle in South Africa under R200 000.

The same numbers now apply to the S-Presso. While power and torque are virtually unchanged from before (49 kW at 5 500 rpm and 89 Nm at 3 500 rpm), fuel consumption has dropped to be on par with the Celerio. This means the manual version of the S-Presso uses only 4.6 litres of petrol per 100 km in a combined cycle and the automated manual transmission (AMT) version sips only 4.4 litres per 100 km.

To ensure the best possible fuel consumption, and the lowest impact on Mother Nature in heavy city traffic, Suzuki’s engineers have fitted the entire range with Stop-Start technology (Engine Auto Start Stop or EASS), which switches off the engine when stationary and restarts it in less than a second when needed.

Do You safely

• ESP standard across the range

• Two airbags on all models

• Hill Hold Control added to AMT models

Suzuki knows that with great power (and great fuel consumption) comes great responsibility - and so it has fitted the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) to the entire range.

With the addition of ESP, the S-Presso now becomes one of the most affordable vehicles on the market to have this important safety feature.

The S-Presso is also one of the most affordable models to be equipped with Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform, which uses high tensile steel, energy dispersing impact channels and clever design to offer a very rigid safety cell at the lowest possible vehicle weight.

As before, the S-Presso has an impressive array of safety equipment for the price.

Every S-Presso is now also fitted with Isofix top and lower child restraint anchors as standard, and every model, from the most affordable to the best-equipped, has two airbags as standard.

As an additional safety feature, the AMT models now have Hill Hold Control as standard. Hill Hold Control keeps the vehicle from rolling backwards when pulling away from standstill on an incline.

It is worth noting that all S-Presso models are also fitted with an immobiliser, childproof rear door locks and ABS brakes. Ditto the rear ultrasonic park sensors, which are fitted to all S-Presso models, regardless of the grade.

Do You with a touch of style

• Alloy wheels added to GL+ and S-Edition

• New exterior kit for S-Edition

There is no mistaking the S-Presso for any other compact entry-level vehicle. Its unique SUV-design, 181-mm ground clearance and funky colours make it an easy vehicle to spot in any environment.

For the upgraded version, Suzuki has added alloy wheels to both the GL+ and S-Edition models. These models now have 14” alloy wheels fitted with 165/70 rubber. The GL model has steel wheels with full wheel covers and all models have a full-sized spare wheel.

The S-Edition also has a new exterior upgrade kit, which includes the silver-coloured bumper inserts and new silver detailing on the front bumper.

As before, the full range now has body-coloured bumpers and door handles.

Do You with an upgraded cabin

• Larger infotainment on S-Edition

• Reverse camera on S-Edition

Suzuki remains one of the pioneers of touch-screen infotainment systems in the entry-level market - and for the upgraded S-Presso it has upped the game again.

Going forward, the S-Presso GL+ will have the much-loved 7” Suzuki infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and digital vehicle alerts as standard. This system allows for touch input, and it has Bluetooth and steering wheel controls for hands-free cell phone use.

Suzuki fans who pick the S-Edition will now find a larger, 9” infotainment system installed. It has a high-resolution screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, and it now also shows the feed from the newly fitted reverse camera that is standard on this model.

As before, the entire S-Presso range has Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted controls, central locking, front electric windows, air conditioning and power steering as standard.

Do You, whatever model you choose

• AMT and manual available

• Six colours available

Suzuki has upgraded the S-Presso line-up to offer five models and incorporate the S-Edition as a standard model option.

The range consists of the following models:

S-Presso 1.0 GL Manual

S-Presso 1.0 GL Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

S-Presso 1.0 GL+ Manual

S-Presso 1.0 GL+ Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

S-Presso 1.0 S-Edition Manual

S-Presso 1.0 S-Edition Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

All models are available in a choice of six colours, including white, Granite Grey Metallic, Fire Red, Silky Silver Metallic, Starry Blue Pearl and the popular Sizzle Orange.

All S-Presso models are sold with a 2 year / 30 000 km service plan and 5 year / 200 000 km promotional mechanical warranty.