Suzuki making waves with new Splash


SUZUKI isn’t going in at the deep end with its latest Splash model as the company is already well established in the small car market.

It describes this model as a small MPV and the car does have a surprisingly amount of interior space, even for rear-seat passengers.

The boot is pretty small though but fold the 60/40 split rear seats flat down and you will increase this luggage space of 178 litres to 573 litres.

With prices starting at £9,495 you will find cheaper vehicles on the market but you do get quite a bit for your money with the Splash – not least on the safety front.

There is just the choice of two petrol engines – 1-litre 68bhp three cylinder and a new 1.2-litre 94bhp unit.

Both these energy-efficient engines with manual transmission – auto available with 1.2 – qualify for £30 annual road tax, free in the first year, thanks to emission levels of 119g/km.

There are two trim levels – SZ3 or SZ4 – with the test car being the SZ4 with the bigger engine.

Despite its tall stance the Splash handled well when cornering and ride comfort was good for a car of this size. At just over 3.7 metres long you shouldn’t have too many parking problems either.

You need to work the five-speed manual gearbox to get the power flowing through on hills but it wasn’t too sluggish overall and wasn’t overworked at 70mph.

The build quality is also good but I did feel the wind noise in the cabin was a bit on the loud side on motorway driving.

Fuel economy figures are impressive with this model achieving 55.4mpg combined, 62.8mpg extra urban and 46.3mpg urban.

Standard equipment level on the SZ3 entry Splash is high and includes four airbags, CD tuner with MP3 player and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, leather-trimmed steering wheel, remote central locking, front electric windows with driver’s auto-down, air conditioning, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, height-adjustable front seats and tilt adjustable steering wheel.

Moving up to the SZ4 then includes ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), curtain shield airbags, 15-inch alloys, front foglamps and privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.

The test car’s price is £10,535 and that represents good value for this smart and compact five-door Splash.