Suzuki Splash Ltd 2013 Review

Suzuki Splash Ltd 2013 Review

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At a shade under 3.8m long and 1.7m wide, the Suzuki Splash is the perfect car for squeezing into those tight city car parks. The Splash is a supermini with the proportions of an MPV – it’s tall and boxy. This gives a great deal of room on the inside, despite its diminutive dimensions.

Suzuki-Splash-r-insideYou can fit five people in the Splash, although it’ll be a little cramped in the back. The seating position is upright which is better for older drivers (probably the very people that will purchase this car most).

The boot is quite small – just 178 litres (and 36 of those are

in a convenient compartment under the rear floor). This is fine for one person’s grocery shopping, but don’t expect to be fitting suitcases and larger objects in there. However, the rear seats do fold down and increase the space to 573 litres giving you room to get a mountain bike or similar ungainly item in.

Suzuki-Splash-f-insideThe interior plastics feel durable, and the overall dashboard design has an easy layout. There’s a convenient storage bin in the top of the dash, plus a few receptacles in the centre and a shelf above the glovebox.

The car is almost as tall as it is wide and you would expect this would mean ample body roll in the corners, but that’s not the case as Suzuki has worked wonders with the suspension. In fact, as it weighs only 1040kg (curb weight) you can hustle the Splash along country lanes at a rapid pace, although with the 1.2-litre 69kW engine it takes a while to get up to that rapid pace.

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Consequently, fuel consumption is miserly. Suzuki quotes 5.7l/100km combined, and that’s excellent. I didn’t achieve this because I don’t like waiting any longer than the 12 seconds at takes to get 100kph. The engine is generally quiet until forced into the higher rev ranges, at which time it becomes a little noisy and strained.

As maximum torque (118Nm) is achieved at 4800rpm from the petrol engine, you might find yourself playing above this range to get up to speed on motorway on ramps and after pulling out of junctions.

Typical for Suzuki, the Splash comes with a four-speed gearbox as opposed to some cars which have up to eight speeds. The gear change isn’t lightning quick, but it’s OK – perhaps a little choppy when changing down when you need the power.

Suzuki-Splash-radioBraking is strong, but it does tend to want to follow undulations in the road. The Splash has anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist to give you maximum braking power. There are six airbags, plus ESP (electronic stability programme).

This LTD version gets alloy wheels (15-inch with 185/60R15 tyres), front fog lamps, keyless start and electric heated mirrors over the base $18,500 Splash.

At only $21,500 for the LTD version you can’t really complain about the low level of additional equipment, or things like the four-speed ‘box. Sure, it doesn’t have Bluetooth, reversing sensors and cruise control, but it is a charming supermini that will provide frugal motoring at an affordable price.

Price: $21,500

Pros

  • Cheap and frugal supermini

Cons

  • Boot is tiny

Words and photos: Darren Cottingham

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