Suzuki Splash (2008 – 2014) At A Glance
The old Suzuki Wagon R and Vauxhall Agila were archetypal old people's cars. They had upright seats and were easy to get in and out of, but looked like shoeboxes on wheels. Consequently, very few people who weren't getting on a bit bought them.
Then, in 2008, Suzuki and Vauxhall ditched their square cars for squares and launched the Splash and new Agila. Possibly even taller than their predecessors, but at least with a bit of style and design flair about them.
Now, with everyone watching the pennies, Suzuki has introduced a 119g/km, £35 tax version of its Splash, as well as the £35 tax 1.3 diesel and the £120 tax 1.2 and 1.2 auto.
It hasn't thrown away any worthwhile spec apart from the alloy wheels, and even the base 1.0GLS has aircon, electric front windows, a dash-top rev counter in a pod, and 60/40 rear seats that neatly fold flat in one easy movement.
Suzuki Splash 2009 Road Test and Video
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Which 5-door, supermini size car with a high seating position can I get for £5000?
"My disabled step-daughter is looking for a new car. She has Ehler-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which affects the muscles and joints, so needs something with a higher seating position to make it easier to get in and out of. Five doors are mandatory and she would prefer an automatic – but might be willing to settle on a manual for the right car. We’re thinking something supermini sized and she has a budget of £5000. Are there any cars you would recommend?"
By far the best to meet this brief is a Suzuki Splash 1.2 4-speed auto, or the equivalent Vauxhall Agila 1.2 4-speed auto (effectively the same car).
I want a car that has a spacious boot, good fuel economy and is cheap to insure/tax?
"What car is best for me? I like a high driving position, boot space for camping, good fuel economy, ideally some bodywork protection/trims, good all-round driving visibility, cheap to insure/tax."
Cheap, a Dacia Duster. Even cheaper, a Dacia Sandero Stepway. If you prefer an MPV to an SUV, then a Hyundai ix20 or KIA Venga. Looking smaller and second hand, then a Suzuki Splash or Vauxhall Agila. Check them out at http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/
What automatic car would you suggest for an elderly couple?
"We have decided to swap our 2003 automatic Honda Jazz for an automatic car that has high seats and is suitable for low mileage. What would you recommend for a couple that are over 70 years old?"
Check the small and tall Suzuki Splash and Vauxhall Agila first. This found some: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/used-prices/Suzuki/Splash/2013/?q=1.2+Automatic/
Look for a similar car, with sunroof, to the Suzuki Wagon R - any ideas?
"We will soon have to replace our 16 year old Suzuki Wagon R. Is there a similar car, equally reliable, available with a sun roof please? Up to £4000."
The last incarnations were the Suzuki Splash and the Vauxhall Agila: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/suzuki/splash-2008/ and http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/vauxhall/agila-b-2008/ But I don't think any of them had more than an optional pop-up sunroof.