July 14, 2020
The lockdown period has caused some widespread financial stress and reduced buying power. Thus, it is undoubtedly good news to hear about the cheapest SUV on sale in South Africa in 2020.
A list of the 5 cheapest SUVs was drawn up from a survey. The qualification was that monthly payments must be below R3000 per month over 72 months. Also, the purchase had to be without a deposit or residual, and with the interest rate set at 10%. SUVs included in the list had to subscribe to a minimum safety standard of having at least 2 airbags and ABS brakes. Within these criteria, the Suzuki S-Presso came first. Let us discuss this SUV in more detail.
This incredible SUV entered the South African market just prior to the start of the lockdown. All the S-Presso derivatives are available in the range from R134 900 to no more than R162 000.
The 1.0 S-Edition has a naturally aspirated 1.0L, 3-cylinder engine producing 50kW power and 90Nm torque. The engine is married to a 5-speed manual transmission that powers the front wheels and has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.9L/100km. Its load space stands at 239L.
The SUV is manufactured in India.2 In developing markets such as South Africa, the Suzuki has entered the ring with competitors such as the Renault Kwid and the Datsun Go. 2
The immediate impression one gets is that its shape seems to be something out of the ordinary. It is debatable whether this car is a compact hatchback or a compact SUV. However, it does look more like an SUV due to the front skid plate, the silver upper grille, and cladding added to the wheel arch and side body. Furthermore, similar to other SUVs, the S-Presso has a ground clearance of 180mm.
Even though the power output and torque may not be so great, the light mass of the Suzuki makes up for it. 2 The SUV is easy to manoeuvre and has quick acceleration, aided by a light-action clutch and a friendly gearbox. It dashes about in the traffic like a motorcycle!
With the small engine and the lightweight of the SUV, you can imagine the fuel economy to be great. 2 An amazing 5.5L/100km was still achieved after some urban travelling. The only drawback is the small fuel tank, which holds a mere 27 litres. A tankful of 25L and fuel consumption at 5.5L/100km, would give the SUV a range of about 450 km/h.
With the SUV’s high centre of gravity, you would expect some body roll when negotiating corners. Unfortunately, it does not reach the standard set by its competitor, the Hyundai Atos. 2
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