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Maruti Suzuki S-Presso vs Rivals: Interior Space Compared


Yes, the S-Presso may be small from the outside. But does it offer more space than its rivals? Let’s find out

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Maruti Suzuki has added yet another hatchback to its lineup in the form of the S-Presso. The latest Maruti offering will compete with the Renault Kwid, the current king of the of the mini cross-hatch segment. However, its price tag of Rs 3.69 lakh to Rs 4.91 lakh (ex-showroom) means that the S-Presso is just a whisker away from the Alto K10 (Rs 3.60 lakh to Rs 4.40 lakh, ex-showroom). All three cars here claim to be the perfect small hatchback for the average family. But which one is the most comfortable? We’ve measured the cabin of each car to help you out. 

Before we get into the details, here is a quick refresher on how the S-Presso fares against its rivals in terms of exterior dimensions:

 

Maruti S-Presso

Renault Kwid

Maruti Suzuki Alto

Length (mm)

3565

3679

3545

Width (mm)

1520

1579

1515

Height (mm)

1564~

1513*

1475

Wheelbase (mm)

2380

2422

2360

  • *With roof rails.
  • ~With 14-inch wheels.

The S-Presso is a size smaller than the Kwid while it is a shade larger than the Alto. Does that mean the S-Presso is one of the least spacious cars in this test? 

Rear Seat Experience:

Let’s face the fact, plenty of car owners spend most of their time in the back seat. So let’s see how all three cars perform in the rear-seat department:

Rear Seat

Maruti S-Presso

Renault Kwid

Maruti Suzuki Alto

Headroom

920mm

900mm

920mm

Shoulder Room

1200mm

1195mm

1170mm

Minimum Knee Room

670mm

595mm

550mm

Maximum Knee Room

910mm

750mm

750mm

Ideal Knee Room*

710mm

610mm

600mm

Seat Base Length

455mm

460mm

480mm

Backrest Height

550mm

575mm

510mm

*Front seat adjusted for 5'8" to 6' occupants.

Hop on to the back seat of the S-Presso and you’ll notice that it offers a similar amount of headroom as the Alto K10, which is quite surprising since the Alto is the shortest car here. In terms of shoulder room, the S-Presso beats the Kwid by a whisker while the Alto lags behind considerably. 

In terms of knee room, the S-Presso’s numbers reveal that it has the most amount of space. In fact, the S-Presso beats the Kwid and Alto by a huge margin in this department and it is your best bet if you want to place two six footers back to back.

However, the seat base in the S-Presso is the smallest and that can result in poor underthigh support. The Kwid’s seat back is also taller, which means better back support. 

Front Seat Experience:

Front Seat

Maruti S-Presso

Renault Kwid

Maruti Suzuki Alto

Headroom

980mm

950mm

1020mm

Cabin Width

1220mm

1145mm

1220mm

Minimum Knee Room

590mm

590mm

610mm

Maximum Knee Room

800mm

760mm

780mm

Seat Base Length

475mm

470mm

 

Backrest Height

660mm

585mm

640mm

The numbers on the front half reveal a slightly different story. For starters, the S-Presso, despite being the tallest, has less headroom than the Alto. And despite the newcomer being wider than the Alto, the cabin width is equal to the narrower Maruti. Maruti Suzuki has liberated more width by ensuring that the door pads don't eat into cabin room. This is why the S-Presso offers better shoulder room on the inside compared to the Kwid, that's wider on the outside. Speaking of the Renault, it offers the least amount of headroom and shoulder room of the trio.

The Alto has the edge over the S-Presso and Kwid in terms of minimum kneeroom. However, if you push the seat fully back, the S-Presso beats the two by a fair margin. One should also remember that the Alto is by far the smallest and lowest amongst the three cars here, which makes getting in and out more difficult. 

The seat base length is also better in the Alto and that means better underthigh support. That said, the seatback height is taller in the S-Presso. The Kwid is the smallest in all aspects in the front-seat department. 

Boot Space:

 

Maruti S-Presso

Renault Kwid

Maruti Suzuki Alto

Boot Space

270 litres

300 litres

177 litres

A practical family car should not only be limited to a spacious interior. It should have the capability to carry a good amount of luggage as well. In that case, the S-Presso trails behind the Kwid, which has the largest boot here. The Alto lags behind the other two cars in this department and has the smallest boot.  

Verdict:

Maruti Suzuki has done a good job packaging the S-Presso’s interiors. Despite being one of the smallest here, the S-Presso’s interior numbers reveal a spacious rear seat experience. While it trails behind the Alto’s front seat space and the boot is smaller than the Kwid, the S-Presso offers the perfect balance when it comes to ferrying occupants comfortably while carrying all their luggage.

 

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