Used Suzuki Splash Review (2008-2014) MK1

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

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Suzuki Splash (2008-2014)

Easy to drive, cheap to run, and fairly practical, the Suzuki Splash ticks most boxes in the city car segment

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  • Efficient powertrains
  • Low running costs
  • Nimble handling
  • May feel outdated
  • Could look better
  • Lacks advanced equipment
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What's the Suzuki Splash like?

The Suzuki Splash is a chic city car that’s bigger than most, with five doors and more than enough space for a family of two adults and two children.

It should also be very cheap to run, thanks to low-cost insurance and excellent economy.

All have good power steering and willing performance at lower speeds, making them ideal urban cars.

But they're also competent out on the open road and can keep up with speeds on the motorway.

They were built alongside the last Vauxhall Agila and share much of their shape and drivetrains, but the Suzuki is better equipped, with air-conditioning, split-folding rear seats, and an MP3-compatible CD stereo coming as standard, making them better value for money.


Latterly, there were just two smooth engines – a 67bhp petrol 1.0-litre and a 92bhp 1.2-litre. Prior to 2012, there was also a 1.3-litre diesel, but it was hardly any more economical than the 1.0-litre petrol.

The 1.0-litre unit has 67bhp and takes a lengthy 14.2 seconds to get to 60mph from rest. But it’s rated at an average of 60mpg economy and will also cost little in road tax because of its low emissions.

The 1.2-litre engine has a much more usable 92bhp and brings the 60mph sprint down to 11.6 seconds while still managing 55mpg.

Driving Experience

The ride is rather firm, which can spoil comfort levels over rougher roads, but parking and low-speed manoeuvres are very easy thanks to the short length and tight turning circle.

The standard gearbox is a slick 5-speed manual with a light clutch, but the 1.2-litre petrol is also available with a 4-speed automatic, although it's thirstier and slower.

The Splash is entertaining to drive, with precise and positive steering.
Peter Hayward

It does lack a little in terms of feel, however.

The suspension gives a decent amount of grip when pressed through the corners, and good body control limits the amount of roll.

Equipment and Practicality

Safety is good – the Splash scored four out of five stars in the Euro NCAP tests, along with three stars for child safety.

All come with ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control, front, side and curtain airbags, height adjustable 3-point seatbelts, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, and side impact protection.

Security is covered by an immobiliser and deadlocks.

Other standard kit in the mid-range SZ3 includes a leather-covered steering wheel, audio remote, heated electric mirrors, height adjustable driver’s seat, remote locking, and air conditioning.

The high roofline gives plenty of headroom even for taller people, the boot is plenty big enough for a week’s shopping, and the rear seats split/fold for extra space.

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Most looking for a city car will want something that's cheap to run, easy to manoeuvre, and nippy enough to keep up with busy urban traffic, and the Suzuki Splash ticks all these boxes. Whilst it doesn't come with the longest list of equipment, it does make for a car that's worth considering if you're on the hunt for something that's good value for money.