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  • Q. Is S-Presso so comfortable as Santro?

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    Zigwheels | 2 months ago

    The Santro doesn’t come with a height-adjustable driver’s seat or tilt-adjustable steering. Those with average build won’t have an issue getting into a decent driving position, but if you’re taller than 6 feet you might feel the need for either tilt steering or height-adjustable driver’s seat (to lower it) or both. Since the Santro is not a traditional tallboy hatchback, you don’t walk in straight into the cabin. Instead, you’re are seated a tad low, especially at the rear. The headroom inside is decent for average-sized adults both at the front and the rear. There’s a downward slope around the rear window line that you would appreciate when seated at the rear. It makes the cabin feel airy. Overall, the Santro is pitched as a family car and it will do a good job at that -- if the family is nuclear. Adults at the rear will feel the need for headrests over long distances. Older parents, who would otherwise step in or out of the previous Santro, will find the new Santro’s seating position a little low. The Santro’s cabin remains planted while tackling road uncertainties in a manner that we expect from cars from a segment above. The suspension isn’t overly tuned for comfort and there’s just enough stiffness to ensure the car regains composure quickly once it deals with road inconsistencies. The Santro’s steering is light at city and parking speeds. On the move and at speeds of 80kmph, it feels confident as it becomes a little heavier. The Santro feels planted like a car from a segment above when driven at highway speeds.If we talk about Maruti S-Presso, Maruti has opted for super soft cushioning for the seats. And this feels comfy, if you’re out and about for a small city sprint. However, if you had to spend upwards of an hour or two in these seats, you’d wish they were a little firmer. On a related note, the seats feel narrow and could’ve done with more bolstering too. You also miss out on adjustable headrests, but the integrated unit does support the neck and head adequately. It’s a bit much to expect a car this small to be able to seat five. Naturally, three abreast at the rear is super tight, and definitely not recommended. It’s a comfortable four-seater that leaves ample room for everyone when used as one. The S-Presso feels slightly bouncy as you tackle bumps at city speeds. Through the sharper potholes you’d notice some side-to-side rocking motion too. However, there is an easy fix to this problem. Speed up a bit! Going over potholes slightly faster than usual manages to keep the cabin better isolated from the bumps. On the highway, the S-Presso is composed while maintaining 80-90kmph. Even small irregularities in the road/expansion joints are dealt with confidently at this speed. However, stray into triple digits and the experience feels floaty and light. Also, we’d recommend you avoid swerving or changing lanes at triple-digit speeds. At these speeds, you’d wish for more weight in the steering as well.You may compare both the cars accordingly. Do take a test drive in order to get better clarity, Check out authorised dealership details.

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