Suzuki Splash 1.0 GLS 5-door | Road Test Review | MotorBar

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Suzuki Splash

1.0 GLS 5-door

Tempted by the Scrappage

Incentive to the cash #146;

on a new car? If so, #146; s

mini-MPV, the Splash,

SALES OF NEW CARS IN THE UK in April were down again the eleventh successive month of registrations.

The motor industry is now its hopes on the Scrappage Incentive which starts on the 18 May to kick-start #151; just as it has done in

However, it is likely to be the budget and smaller cheaper models will appeal most even allowing for a Ј2,000 allowance on an old car, money has to be found to buy a new one. Understandably, in uncertain times people are to spend any money at all.

the world’s largest manufacturer of cars, has sensibly opted to the scrappage scheme and they have a 0% finance offer on of their models. These the new five-door Alto ‘city’ the marginally larger Splash mini-MPV and the Swift three- and hatchbacks.

The new Alto, which is priced Ј6,795 (before the Ј2,000 allowance), has already done in its first few months of sales and from this vehicle’s activities has also prompted an in sales for the Splash five-door Customers going into have looked at the Alto car and decided for a bit more money would rather have the tall-bodied Splash because it just a bit more interior especially rear leg and head

Splash prices start at and again the scrappage offer take another Ј2K off this Making up a strong trio of car Suzuki offerings is their three- and five-door Swift which also start Ј8,750.

The company, well for its small cars and compact has targeted a total of 28,000 UK for 2009. This, despite the 28.5% fall in the UK’s new car market, is a small increase the 26,000 Suzuki achieved in The Swift is Suzuki’s best-selling range, accounting for 50% of their the Alto will take the Splash and SX4 10% each and the Grand and Jimny a combined 10% share.

So anybody tempted to ‘splash the and buy a new, cheap-to-run small car do worse than splash out on a Splash.

The Splash is a sister car to the Agila and they are both at the Magyar plant in Hungary. The comes with three options: 1.0 and 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3 diesel unit. Specification are GLS for the 1.0/1.2 models and GLS+ for the 1.2 and the

An Ј850 automatic transmission is for the 1.2 GLS+ variant. Prices from Ј8,750 up to Ј10,600 any scrappage allowance.

#147; is one of the

safest cars in its class:

all models are

equipped with six

airbags #151; including two


The Splash is just 3.7 metres in length, making it enough to manoeuvre with through narrow streets or tight parking spots. On the its elevated seating positions a clear view of the road and and also means it can seat adults with enough in the rear. The elevated seats mean getting in and out of the Splash is for less-able users.

With the seats in use, the boot is pretty small at just 178 so it’s not going to work as transport for holidays. That the rear seats do fold and that offers a good to 573 litres of load space as as the flexibility to carry at least one passenger and luggage. There are numerous storage slots and

Tall cars are generally not they look out of proportion. To be the Splash has a chunky eye-catching with interesting shapes and Strongly flared wings, a nose and a flowing roof are all key elements in creating Splash’s personality.

Inside, there’s an equally cabin treatment, with silver trim elements depending on the body colour, a of added colour in the form of blue or light grey on the fascia, doors and seats. distinction is provided by the sporty centre console, large speedo with black on a white background and a novel that sits on top of the dash in its own housing.

The standard GLS model has a level of equipment that a CD tuner with MP3 player and wheel-mounted audio controls, steering wheel, remote locking, front electric with driver’s auto-down, air conditioning, electrically-adjustable and heated mirrors, height-adjustable front tilt adjustable steering and an information display. Step up to the or DDiS and you get 15-inch alloys, foglamps and privacy glass on the side windows and tailgate.

is also one of the safest cars in its because all five models are with six airbags #151; two full-length curtain airbags and ESP electronic stability as standard. say Splash is currently the only car its competitors that offers ESP as equipment across the range.

Whilst the Splash might not be the car in its class, its high level of and safety equipment make it of consideration. It is a bit of an oddball #151; you think Suzuki had the small car covered by the very nimble and the youthful Swift ranges, but between those two ranges the high-roofline Splash. Not that it because the Splash is another Car at the Right Price at the Right

As far as performance goes, my Splash model had the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine as used in the Alto. 64bhp of power and 66lb ft of it runs smoothly and happily at speeds in town as well as in cruise’ on the open road. acceleration, the weightier Splash the small petrol engine’s Top speed is 99mph and 0-62mph 14.7 seconds #151; it longer.

The bonus of this engine is its fuel economy: officially in the combined cycle with low CO2 of 120g/km, which in turn a road tax bill of Ј35 a year. an insurance Group 2 rating, really is cost-effective motoring.

As for comfort and handling #151; all much okay. There is body roll during due to the increased height of the vehicle, but not a problem. Chunky good aside, the Splash is at heart a functional car: very equipped, very safe, cost effective to run, to drive and easy to live And yours for an ‘old banger’ Ј6,750 (or Ј8,750 without the deal). #151; David

Suzuki Splash 1.0 GLS 5-door | Ј8 , 750

speed: 99mph | 0-62mph: seconds | Overall test 41.4mpg

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