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By CJ Hubbard
08 February 2008 11:30
This is Suzuki's new Splash, and please, no jokes about making waves. Suzuki claims the name represents the refreshing change the Splash brings to the mini-MPV market, or something. Whatever – it's catchy enough, and a damn sight better than Agila; the new one of those is from the same platform as the Splash, and manufactured for Vauxhall by Suzuki. But don't think for a minute think that GM had anything to do with the underlying engineering – this car is all Suzuki.
Despite what you might expect, the Splash is not the successor to the Wagon R+. At least, that's what everyone from Suzuki kept telling us. One mini-MPV replacing another might seem straightforward, but in fact the Splash was designed and engineered specifically for Europe. Rather than being a Japanese Domestic Market product hastily adapted like the old car.
And to be fair you only have to look at the thing to see the difference. Clever – baby A-class with an Audi grill – styling disguises any awkwardness about its MPV-typical 1.6 metre height. It looks good on the road – almost dashing, and even mildly sporty. Which seems to be exactly what Suzuki is aiming for, in an effort to attract young couples and small families to the brand.
Perhaps, but the Splash borrows its basic platform from the Swift, which is a pretty decent car. Point it down a twisty bit of tarmac and the Splash gives its best. Inevitably the tall bodywork shows itself by earlier understeer and more lean than a regular hatchback – but the bodyroll is held in check by some firm damping. This feels fine on smooth French tarmac, but its composure will likely find UK roads a tougher test.
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Suzuki Splash 1.2 GLS+ (2008) CAR review
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RE: Suzuki Splash 1.2 GLS+ (2008) CAR review
Slash was introduced in India with the tag name of Ritz. The car was the same with little bit of modification and was a hit. The car is good and I am satisfied. Jaguar XK8 Convertible
11 January 2011 12:36
Suzuki's are good at making decent small cars, but I still doubt this car can compete with the Fiat 500, which is in the same price range, at least in Europe, at any rate.
09 February 2008 20:44
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