Suzuki Splash Mini-MPV 2012 Review
The Suzuki Splash Mini-MPV 2012 has been recently launched on the automotive market, bringing along with it numerous improvements both inside and out. As ever, the Splash boasts a low fuel consumption and great agility, making it one of the best choices when it comes to picking up a city car.
The Mini-MPV comes with two engine variants, a 1.0 liter three cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing and a band new 1.2 liter petrol engine with Dual VVT. The 1.0 liter unit is able to develops 68 PS whereas the 1.2 liter is able to deliver 94 PS. The smaller unit has a fuel efficiency of 91.1 mpg combined, while its bigger brother the 1.2 liter engine is able to cover 55.4 mpg on manual transmission, and 49.6 when coupled with an automatic gearbox.
The two engines are split between five trim levels, the 1.0 liter being available on the SZ2and SZ3, and the 1.2 liter unit being fitted on the SZ3 and SZ4. The latter comes with the automatic gearbox as an option.
On the exterior the new Mini-MPV comes with a few minor tweaks, but also with a brand new metallic color. Sparkling Blue has now been made available, alongside the already introduced colors like Galactic Grey, Silky Silver, Superior White, Bright Red and Cosmic Black.
The interior is quite generous for its size, offering plenty of legroom for five adults and 573 liters of luggage thanks to the one-touch rear seat folding system that can create a flat load floor. The MPV offers a wide range of options as a standard, including a CD tuner with MP3, leather trimmed tilt adjustable steering wheel featuring audio controls, front electric windows with driver's auto-down, four airbags, heated and electrically adjustable side mirrors, remote central locking and an information display. Air conditioning comes as a standard on the 1.0 liter SZ3 trim level and above.
Other features found specifically in the SZ3 and SZ4 1.2 liter variants are the 15-inch wheels, ESP, front foglamps and curtain shield airbags.
Last but not least one of the most important aspects of the Suzuki Splash Mini-MPV 2012is that is offered VAT free and it has a starting price-tag for the 1.0 liter SZ2 of £7,777, making it much more affordable than the Hyundai ix20.
Splash is Suzuki’s spacious, practical and compact car for couples and young families.
- Highly fuel efficient 1.0-litre VVT and Dual VVT 1.2-litre models available; 1.0-litre has a combined fuel consumption figure of 60.1mpg.
- VAT free offer now extended to include all five models in the Splash range.
Launched this week, Suzuki is pleased to announce the 2012 model Splash Mini-MPV, incorporating styling refreshments to both exterior and interior that brings Splash right up to date for the second half of 2012 and beyond. Most importantly there are no increases in pricing and Suzuki’s very popular VAT free offers have now been extended across the Splash range with the 1.0-litre SZ2 available from just £7,777.
The list of changes includes new front and rear bumper styling, new bonnet and grille design, new design seat fabric and graphite colour scheme, Piano Black finish to centre console and Black cloth finish to the front door armrests. The changes in bumper designs have resulted in an overall increase in length of 60mm, taking Splash to a still very compact 3,775mm.
Sparkling Blue metallic has now also been added to the colour range as an option, adding to Galactic Grey, Silky Silver and Cosmic Black metallic paint finishes as well as Superior White and Bright Red standard solid colours.
Splash is compact enough to manoeuvre with ease through narrow streets or to slot into tight parking spots. Yet on the inside its elevated driving position means it can comfortably seat five adults with plenty of legroom and luggage space, at the same time providing a great view of the road. The high seating position makes for easy entry and exit, while folding the one-touch rear seats forward – split 60:40 – creates a virtually flat load floor and opens up 573 litres of luggage space (VDA), including a handy waterproof compartment beneath the boot floor.
Two spirited but highly economical engines are offered: Suzuki’s 68 PS VVT 1.0-litre (Variable Valve Timing) three cylinder unit and latest Dual VVT (inlet and exhaust camshaft) 94 PS 1.2-litre petrol engine that was first used in the all-new Swift.
Both engines are tuned and engineered with an emphasis on everyday driveability and cost-effective motoring with combined fuel consumptions of 60.1mpg for the 1.0-litre and 55.4mpg for the 1.2-litre (automatic 49.6mpg). The 1.0-litre emits just 109g/km of CO2meaning it qualifies for £20 annual road tax, free in the first year. Manual transmission 1.2 litre models with emissions of 118g/km cost just £10 more in annual VED, again free in the first year.
Five models make up the Splash range. The 1.0-litre is available in SZ2 and SZ3 trim; the 1.2 model is available in either SZ3 or SZ4 grades, with optional automatic transmission available on the SZ4.
All Splash models offer a comprehensive equipment list as standard including four airbags, CD tuner with MP3 player and steering wheel-mounted audio controls; leather-trimmed steering wheel; remote central locking; front electric windows with driver’s auto-down; electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors; height-adjustable front seats; tilt adjustable steering wheel and an information display. 1.0-litre SZ3 models upwards add air conditioning as standard.
Step up from SZ3 1.2-litre to SZ4 and the standard specification is even higher with ESP® (Electronic Stability Programme); curtain shield airbags, 15 inch alloys, front foglamps,