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Suzuki Splash
5/10

Overall
verdict

The Suzuki Splash is a lot better than the old Wagon R+, but it’s still an unnecessarily boxy answer to the small-car question.

Additional Info

  • Designed for Japanese cities where the only way is up. Over here, low-rise is a better solution.
  • Top Gear wildcard

    There are more dealers selling the Vauxhall version, but Suzuki ones are better liked in surveys.

  • Our choice

    Splash 1.2 SZ4 5d

    Price £11,879

    BHP 94

    LB FT 87

    MPG 55

    CO2 118

    0-62 MPH 12.00

    Top Speed 109

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What is it?

Cardboard-box-shaped city car, twinned with Vauxhall's Agila. A good all-rounder from Suzuki, it's a step up from regular superminis in terms of space, but's it no fun to drive.

Driving

It's no track star obviously, but the steering is light and body roll and understeer kept under fairly tight control unless you're really pasting it. For pootling around town, it's agile and fun.

Half a step up in size and refinement from the likes of the Hyundai i10 and Toyota Aygo, the tall Splash has the space to rival the Yaris and Micra, and the engines are decently quiet too. A tall driving position and good view out gives a sense of reassurance to the nervous.

The 1.2 petrol does the job pretty effectively. It doesn't have much Splash to shove along, so 86bhp is sufficient. You can even have an auto if you want to confine yourself to old-biddy-city.

On the inside

The cabin is made of cheap materials but they're well shaped so the sense of well-being inside is quite decent for the market. Suzuki reliability is good, and we trust the factory in Hungary.

Few cars this small can get the people in so comfortably. The cabin has plenty of storage slots and a split-fold seat is standard. It's all pretty well thought-through. Main problem comes from that pertly truncated tail: the boot is a bit small when all seats are in use.

Owning

Low insurance, servicing, fuel and tax. This is why people buy new mini-cars isn't it? The Splash delivers on all counts.

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