The name, ‘Splash’ is open to interpretation but the company hopes that it will make one; or that the name will convey a sense of exuberance, like a child splashing through puddles, perhaps.
The name, ‘Splash’ is open to interpretation but the company hopes that it will make one; or that the name will convey a sense of exuberance, like a child splashing through puddles, perhaps. The distinctly European design is aimed at couples and young families. It offers a high driving position, although it isn’t especially tall, and while there is a fair amount of space, it could do with some more.
The Splash is built on the same platform as the well-received and entertaining, Swift but shortened by 20mm. It has a wide track as part of the wheel in every corner layout, which means that although it is taller than a city-car, the Splash has a lot of stability and good handling characteristics.
The steering has a positive feel, which inspires confidence, while the chassis dynamics permit the agility to cope with the twists and turns, lumps and bumps of minor roads and town potholes. On motorways, the Splash offers a relatively smooth ride, thanks to the suspension, which is firm but not overly so. In general, the Suzuki Splash feels heavier than it is, which is comforting, but it is also susceptible to side winds; the extra weight of more bodies on board will lessen the effects of sudden gusts, but it can still be disconcerting for inexperienced drivers, nonetheless.
ESP with traction control, is a standard feature; an unusual move for a car in this segment but part of Suzuki’s drive to put the system in all future and face lifted models. ABS with EBD and Brake Assist are also on the standard specification sheet, as are dual front airbags, front side airbags and full-length curtain airbags.
Under the bonnet of the test car was a 1.2-litre petrol engine. This 4-cylinder unit is Suzuki’s own and produces 86PS at 5,500rpm and 114Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The other option is a 1.3-litre DDiS, diesel unit, which is a Fiat engine built under licence by Suzuki, in India. The vital statistics for which are 75PS at 4,000rpm and 190Nm between 1,750 and 2,2500rpm.
Unsurprisingly, the same engines in the Agila produce the same figures; however, the Vauxhall also has a 1.0-litre, petrol engine on offer, which is missing from the Suzuki line-up. Just like the Agila, the 1.2, Splash is offered with an automatic gearbox as an alternative to the 5-speed manual. In both cases the manual is clunky and sometimes a little reluctant to engage but the ratios are well mapped.
The top speed of the test car is 109mph, following the completion of the 0-62mph dash in 12.3 seconds. The automatic is a little slower and with a lesser top speed and the diesel has a top speed of 103mph and a 13.9-second sprint time, which is plenty in the UK.
Suzuki Splash Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Suzuki Splash 1.2 GLS+|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||109 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||60.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Price (when tested on the 06/09/08)||£9,595|