Well equipped, spacious and cheaper than its Vauxhall twin

What’s new?

This is the first time we’ve driven the 1.2 Splash in the UK – the only petrol engine Suzuki currently offers in this model.

Its better balance of power and economy means buyers are unlikely to miss the other petrol 3cyl 1.0-litre option Vauxhall offer in the Splash’s sister car, the Agila.

What’s it like?

With 85bhp the 1.2 feels keen in town and adequate on the motorway. While the Splash is only a ruler length longer than a Toyota Aygo, the high roofline gives a feeling of spaciousness and although the boot isn’t massive, the rear seats fold into a flat, tall load bay with ease. The cabin is attractive with its red, backlit dials, despite an absence of soft touch plastics.

The Splash looks good against its competition too. Air con is standard across the range as is ESP, which is a cost option on the pricier top spec Agila.

Should I buy one?

Yes, if you’re in the market for a versatile five-door city car with elevated seating that’s well equipped, cheap to run, a doddle to park and easy to get the kids and grandma into.

David Campbell

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