Thursday, 5 July 2012 11:57 AM
A city car of compact dimensions but with a raised driving position for a better road-view. It’s the facelifted-for-2012 Suzuki Splash and Suzuki are calling it a mini-MPV. And with an entry-level price of £7,777 for the 1.0-litre SZ2, it must be one of the cheapest ‘MPVs’ around.
On the outside, we see the refreshing changes to the front and rear bumpers, a new bonnet and grille design, a new seat fabric and graphite interior colour scheme with a piano black finish to the centre console and a black cloth finish for the front door armrests. Thanks to its new bumpers, the new Suzuki Splash is 60mm longer than the outgoing car; up to 3,775mm long, but it’s still a nippy tiddler for those tight parking spaces. Seats-down boot space is respectable at 573 litres.
Two suitably small petrol engines are offered to shift the Swift; a 68 PS VVT 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder unit and their latest Dual VVT 94 PS 1.2-litre engine, first seen in the recently launched all-new Swift.
Obviously we’re looking for the fully frugal on the fuel side of things and the eco-figures for the Splash seem to stack up well. The 1-litre engine sees 60.1mpg on the combined cycle, while the 1.2-litre motor turns in 55.4mpg. And CO2-wise, the smaller unit hits 109g/km; the bigger 118g/km. Only sub-100g/km vehicles avoid road tax and congestion charging in the full, but these little sippers still manage to attract the bare minimum of road fund licence.
There are five new Splash models to choose from, starting at £7,777 at entry-level, while the full range of trims is now happily subject to Suzuki’s VAT free purchase offer.
By Daniel Anslow
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