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Suzuki adds a drop to the pond with the Splash


THE budget segment is seriously competitive; it’s where most of us shop for a new vehicle and as such, any manufacturer looking for volumes, needs to play in this segment. Hot on the heels of Mitsubishi’s Mirage, comes the Suzuki Splash. It looks promising as this little car is based on the bigger Swift which we all know is a great little car.

The looks

At 3 775mm long, 1 680mm wide and 1 620mm tall, the Splash is a small car but as with most modern designs the overhangs are short, giving the impression that the car is bigger than it really is. In the design, we see hints of the SX4 with the large front lights, while the rear end reminds me of the Chevrolet Spark with the vertical tailgate. You also get a set of 14-inch steel wheels with hubcaps on all models.

Inside matters

Suzuki claims a decent amount of headroom thanks to the vehicle’s extended roofline, which allows the seating positions to be raised for visibility, while it also means that the doors are larger, which benefits convenient entry and exit.

The design of the cockpit is typically uncluttered and certainly in line with the rest of the Suzuki range. The instrument cluster has a built-in consumption meter and trip computer, while on the GL models, there’s a cute rev counter mounted at the top left-hand side of the instrument panel.

There are a few storage spaces, such as the binnacle on top of the centre stack, the oddments tray behind the gear shift lever and a storage tray ahead of the front passenger. Folding down both seat sections, creates a total volume of 1 050 litres.

Safety counts

All models come with dual front airbags, side impact protection beams in the doors and inertia reel seatbelts, ABS brakes, child locks for the rear doors and central locking.

Under the hood

All Splash models are powered by the familiar 63kW/113Nm 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine, mated with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.  The Splash is light and therefore should prove quite nippy with this powertrain.

Technical business

The five-speed manual model is claimed to go from 0 to 100km/h in 12.3 seconds with a top speed of 160km/h. Fuel consumption is where the little car is expected to impress with figures suggesting 5.6 litres/100km for the manual and 6.4 litres/100km for the automatic transmission variant.

Range options

There’ll be three Suzuki Splash models available with a choice of two transmissions and two specification levels.

The entry level Splash is the 1.2 GA manual which gets a digital clock, air-conditioning, key-operated central locking and cloth seats. The GL models can be had with either manual or automatic transmission and come with colour-coded door handles, front fog lamps, a rear spoiler, rev counter, a four-speaker audio system with AUX/USB and audio controls on the steering wheel.

The GL models also get keyless entry, electrically operated windows, heated rear screen with wipe/wash system and a passenger under-seat stowage tray.

Peace of mind

The Suzuki Splash is sold with a three-year/100 000km warranty and a two-year/30 000km service plan.


Splash 1.2 GA MT R124 900 
Splash 1.2 GL MT R134 900
Splash 1.2 GL AT R149 900


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