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Maruti Suzuki S-Presso vs Rivals: Specification Comparison


Can Maruti’s late entry, the S-Presso, usurp the Renault Kwid’s domination?

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Maruti Suzuki has finally launched the S-Presso, its first mini-cross hatchback. Currently, the mini-cross hatchback segment is dominated by the S-Presso’s primary rival, the Renault Kwid. Considering the fact that Maruti Suzuki has priced the S-Presso attractively, should you need consider the newcomer or chug on with the tried-and-tested Renault offering. The S-Presso also takes on the Datsun redi-GO. Can Maruti top the sales chart here? Let’s find out.

Dimensions:

 

Maruti S-Presso

Renault Kwid

Datsun redi-GO

Length (mm)

3565

3679

3429

Width (mm)

1520

1579

1560

Height (mm)

1549^/1564~

1513*

1541

Wheelbase (mm)

2380

2422

2348

Boot Space (litres)

270

300

222

*With roof rails.
^With 13-inch wheels.
~With 14-inch wheels.

Longest: Renault Kwid
Widest: Renault Kwid
Tallest: Maruti S-Presso
Wheelbase: Renault Kwid

Sizewise, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is a tad smaller than the Renault Kwid, the largest car here. It is shorter than the Renault by a full 114mm and narrower by 59mm. Even the wheelbase is smaller by 42mm. That said, the S-Presso is the tallest of the lot and is the only model to come with 14-inch wheels. The Datsun redi-GO is the smallest of the lot and lags behind its competitors by a huge margin in all aspects. 

The S-Presso’s boot is smaller than the Renault Kwid’s by 30 litres. However, it betters the redi-GO’s boot by 52 litres.  

Features and Equipment:

 

Maruti S-Presso

Renault Kwid

Datsun redi-GO

Power Steering

Yes

Yes

Yes

Infotainment system

7-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

Single DIN

Steering Mounted Audio Control

Yes

No

No

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes

No

Bluetooth Telephony

Yes

Yes

Yes

USB and AUX In

Yes

Yes

No

Instrument Panel

Digital

Digital

Analogue

Multi-info display

Yes

Yes

Yes

RPM meter

No

No

Yes

Power windows

Front Only

Front Only

Front Only

Manual HVAC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Remote locking

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear Central Armrest

Yes

Yes (Climber only)

No

The S-Presso comes loaded with features. It is the only car in this bunch to come with steering mounted audio controls. Other features include power steering, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instrument display, multi-info display, manual HVAC as well as remote locking. These features can be found in the Renault Kwid as well. That said, the S-Presso and Kwid miss out on a tachometer, a feature that’s found in the redi-GO. However, the Datsun is the least equipped here. While it comes with basics like power steering, manual HVAC, a tachometer and a multi-info display, it misses out on a touchscreen infotainment system with USB and AUX-in functionality. 

 

Safety Features:

 

Maruti S-Presso

Renault Kwid

Datsun redi-GO

Airbags

2

1

1

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Driver and Co-driver Seat Belt warning

Yes

Yes

Yes

High-speed Alert

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Camera

No

Yes

Yes

The S-Presso is the only car in its segment to come with dual airbags. Other standard safety features include ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, driver and co-driver seatbelt warning and high-speed alert. These safety features are found in the Kwid and redi-GO as well. That said, the Renault Kwid is the only car in this test to come with a rear parking camera. 

Powertrain Options:

 

Maruti S-Presso

Renault Kwid

Datsun redi-GO

Displacement

1.0-litre

1.0-litre

1.0-litre

Power (PS)

68PS

68PS

68PS

Torque (Nm)

90Nm

91Nm

91Nm

Transmission Options

5-speed MT / 5-speed AMT 

5-speed MT / 5-speed AMT

5-speed MT / 5-speed AMT

BS6-Compliancy

Yes

Expected 

No

All three models come with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that develops similar power and torque figures. The S-Presso is the only one to come with a BS6-compliant unit while the one in the upcoming Kwid facelift is expected to be in accordance with the upcoming emission norms. The Datsun redi-GO’s unit is currently BS4-compliant. Just like its competitors, the S-Presso comes with a 5-speed manual and AMT transmission options. Maruti might offer a CNG variant later on with the S-Presso, however, that was not confirmed at launch. 

The Kwid and redi-GO can also be had with an entry-level 0.8-litre petrol engine that develops 54PS and 72Nm. Transmission options for this engine is limited to a 5-speed manual only.   

Prices and Verdict:

 

Maruti S-Presso

Renault Kwid 1.0

Datsun redi-GO 1.0

Prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs 3.69 lakh to Rs 4.91 lakh

Rs 4.21 lakh to Rs 4.76 lakh

Rs 3.90 lakh to Rs 4.38 lakh

Prices for the S-Presso start from Rs 3.69 lakh (ex-showroom), making it cheaper than the Kwid 1.0 and redi-GO 1.0 by Rs 52,000 and Rs 21,000 respectively. Considering the fact that it’s feature loaded and comes with a BS6-compliant engine, the S-Presso makes a strong case for itself. Yes, the top-spec variant is more expensive than the Kwid and Datsun redi-GO. However, the S-Presso has the added advantage of Maruti’s widespread after-sales network. Stay tuned to ZigWheels until we test three cars back to back give you a proper verdict. 

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