Suzuki Splash (2008 – 2014) Review

Suzuki Splash (2008 – 2014) At A Glance


+Small yet tall five-door city car. High seating position. Rear seats fold flat. Auto is 4-speed torque converter. Highest first time MoT pass rate of any car.

-Essential to replace brake fluid every two years.

Insurance Groups are between 5–11
On average it achieves 88% of the official MPG figure

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

Real MPG average for a Suzuki Splash (2008 – 2014)


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Average performance


Real MPG

33–63 mpg

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Which versions of the Kia Picanto use a torque converter gearbox?

"Can you help me identify the manufacturing years in which the Kia Picanto was fitted with a torque converter rather than a semi-automatic gearbox? I've had several different answers from dealers and Kia themselves. Can you also suggest any other similar-sized cars which have torque converter gearboxes, or which you feel have good semi-automatic and would suit an older driver doing around 3,000 miles a year? Electric is not an option. "
I believe the torque convertor was fitted up until June 2020. Other options includes: Suzuki Splash, Vauxhall Agila, Hyundai i10, Kia Venga, Hyundai ix20.
Answered by Russell Campbell

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).
Answered by Honest John

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
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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:
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