Suzuki Splash - Used

Car Review

Suzuki Splash
Suzuki Splash rear
Suzuki Splash, interior
Suzuki Splash boot space
Suzuki Splash interior

THESuzuki Splash is a chic city car that's bigger than most, with five doors and more than enough space for a family of two adults and two children.

It should also be very cheap to run, thanks to low cost insurance and excellent economy.

All have good power steering and willing performance at lower speeds, making them ideal urban cars.

But they are also competent out on the open road and can keep up with speeds on the motorway.

They were built alongside the last Vauxhall Agila and share much of their shape and drivetrains but the Suzuki is better equipped, with air-conditioning, split-folding rear seats and an MP3-compatible CD stereo coming as standard, making them better value for money.

Latterly, there were just two smooth engines - a 67bhp petrol 1.0-litre and a 92bhp 1.2. Prior to 2012, there was also a 1.3 diesel but it was hardly any more economical than the 1.0-litre petrol.

The 1.0-litre unit has 67bhp and takes a lengthy 14.2 seconds to get to 60 miles an hour from rest. But it's rated at an average of 60 miles per gallon economy and will also cost little in road tax because of its low emissions.

The 1.2 engine has a much more usable 92bhp and brings the 60mph sprint down to 11.6 seconds while still managing 55mpg.

The ride is rather firm which can spoil comfort levels over rougher roads butparking and low-speed manoeuvres are very easy thanks to the short length and tight turning circle.

The standard gearbox is a slick five-speeder with a light clutch but the 1.2 petrol is also available with a four-speed automatic, although it is more thirsty and slower.

The Splash is entertaining to drive, with precise and positive steering, even if it is a little lacking in feel.

The suspension gives a decent amount of grip when pressed through the corners and good body control limits the amount of roll.

Safety is good - the Splash scored four out five stars in the Euro NCAP tests along with three stars for child safety.

All come with ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control, front, side and curtain airbags, height adjustable three-point seatbelts, Isofix child seat anchor points and side impact protection.

Security is covered by an immobiliser and deadlocks.

Other standard kit in the mid-range SZ3 includes a leather-covered steering wheel, audio remote, heated electric mirrors, height adjustable driver's seat, remote locking and air conditioning.

The high roofline gives plenty of headroom even for taller people, the boot is plenty big enough for a week's shopping and the rear seats split/fold for extra space.

Pay about £2,600 at a dealer for a '13 13-reg SZ3 1.0, or £2,100 privately. £4,400 should get a '15 15-reg SZ4 1.2 at a dealer, and the same model should be about £3,800 privately.

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