The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is the newest addition of the Indo-Japanese carmaker's 'Mini' segment. Touted as a mini SUV, with the new S-Presso, Maruti Suzuki now has a direct rival for the Renault Kwid, which essentially was the first SUV-inspired hatchback to have entered this segment. Then we also have the Datsun redi-GO in this segment, which although might not be an SUV-inspired hatch, like the other two, but it's still a key rival for both the Kwid and the newly launched S-Presso. So, before we get a chance to pit these cars against each other in real-world conditions, let us see where they stand against each other in terms of price, specifications and features.
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In terms of dimensions, the new Maruti Suzuki S-Presso sits right between the bigger Renault Kwid and the smaller Datsun redi-GO. While it's the tallest car among all three, closely followed by the redi-GO and Kwid, the other two are marginally wider than the new S-Presso. In terms of overall length and wheelbase, the Renault Kwid takes the lead, with the new S-Presso and the redi-GO right behind.
|Dimensions||Maruti Suzuki S-Presso||Renault Kwid||Datsun redi-GO|
|Length||3565 mm||3679 mm||3429 mm|
|Width||1520 mm||1579 mm||1560 mm|
|Height||1564 mm (Vxi/Vxi+)|
|1549 mm (Std/Lxi)||1513 mm||1541 mm|
|Wheelbase||2380 mm||2422 mm||2348 mm|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm||180 mm||185 mm|
The new Maruti Suzuki S-Presso only comes in one engine option - a 998 cc, three-cylinder petrol engine that is BS6 compliant and makes about 67 bhp at 5500 rpm and a peak torque of 90 Nm at 3500 rpm. Transmission duties will be handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox and Maruti's AGS (Auto Gear Shift) Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) unit.
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In comparison, both the Renault Kwid and the Datsun redi-GO are offered in two engine options - a 799 cc motor and a 999 cc engine. In fact, the cars share the same engines developed by Renault-Nissan Alliance. The smaller three-cylinder petrol engine is tuned to make 53 bhp at 5678 rpm and develop 72 Nm of peak torque at 4386 rpm. The bigger 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine makes 67 bhp at 5500 rpm and a peak torque of 91 Nm at 4250 rpm. Transmission duties will be handled by a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox in both cases.
|Specifications||Maruti Suzuki S-Presso||Renault Kwid||Datsun redi-GO|
|Displacement||999 cc||799 cc||999 cc||799 cc||999 cc|
|Max Power||67 bhp at 5500 rpm||53 bhp at 5678 rpm||67 bhp at 5500||53 bhp at 5678 rpm||67 bhp at 5500|
|Max Torque||90 Nm at 3500 rpm||72 Nm at 4386 rpm||91 Nm at 4250 rpm||72 Nm at 4386 rpm||91 Nm at 4250 rpm|
|Transmission||5 MT / 5 AMT||5 MT||5 MT / 5 AMT||5 MT||5 MT / 5 AMT|
In terms of features, all three cars a pretty much at par with each other in most cases and vary in a few. On the exterior front, all three cars get halogen headlamps, and while the redi-GO gets optional DRLs, the S-Presso and Kwid don't. Also, all three cars get steel wheels with optional full wheel covers a roof antenna, optional body-coloured ORVMs, and standard taillamps. The Kwid and the S-Presso also come with claddings, which the redi-GO doesn't. As for safety features, the S-Presso takes the lead by offering dual front airbags in the top-spec model, and passenger airbag as optional in other variants. ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, speed alert, seatbelt remainder, pedestrian and crash protection are standard. While the Kwid offers most of it, it doesn't get passenger-side airbag even as an option, and the base model doesn't get airbags at all. The redi-GO also doesn't get passenger-side airbag, but the other safety features are standard.
In terms of creature comforts, the new S-Presso again has an upper hand as it gets Maruti Suzuki's latest SmartPlay Studio infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with Steering-Mounted Audio & Voice Control. While the Kwid also gets a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it misses out of steering mounted controls. The redi-GO at the same time only gets a standard 2-DIN music system with just Bluetooth, USB, and AUX-IN connectivity.
|Model||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Renault Kwid||800 cc||1.0-litre|
|₹ 2.76 lakh to ₹ 3.98 lakh||₹ 4.20 lakh to ₹ 4.75 lakh|
|Datsun redi-GO||₹ 2.79 lakh to ₹ 3.62 lakh||₹ 3.90 lakh to ₹ 4.37 lakh|
|Maruti Suzuki S-Presso||NA||₹ 3.69 lakh to ₹ 4.91 lakh|
On paper, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso certainly offers more and better features than the Kwid and redi-GO. In fact, in terms of pricing too, the S-Presso undercuts the 1.0-litre models of both the cars in the entry-level. That said the Renault Kwid is set to receive a major facelift this week on October 1, 2019, which could make it a much better choice, in terms of looks, styling and features. That is of course if Renault prices it aggressively.