Suzuki has added another small hatchback to the fray alongside their Swift. It is the 2014 Suzuki Splash, and it hopes to be an affordable city slicker that makes waves around the busy Joburg streets.
Suzuki designed the Splash to be compact on the outside but to give drivers and passengers more interior space. The cute design accents hope to appeal to a range of different tastes; from small families, students and first-time drivers as well as those looking to get from A to B in fun, zippy style.
South Africans can expect the Splash to be powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine – those familiar with the Swift will feel at home here. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, but a four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.
The cabin of the new Splash reflects its youthful personality. Suzuki has strived for more legroom and headroom to provide seating for five adult occupants. The layout of the controls and instruments places the emphasis on user-friendly ergonomics, with a single, large analogue speedometer positioned directly ahead of the driver.
Even in the entry level GA derivative, standard safety features include dual airbags and ABS brakes. The GL version will have more to offer.
The entry-level 1.2 GA derivative will set buyers back by R124 900, the GL by R134 900 and the GL Automatic derivative by R149 900.