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Every year compact cars become more and more popular. And, if earlier buyers focused more on the models of B-Class, now they choose even smaller cars of A-Class with increasing stability. In fact there are several reasons. In urban areas such cars are nimble and maneuverable, and still they need very little space for parking. Of course, do not forget about the low fuel consumption, and price factor. Such car is the hero of our Suzuki Splash Review, and it is going to be compared with its rivals Citroen C1 and Fiat Panda.
Suzuki Splash attracts attention with quite original design. It is presented with rapid wedge-shaped profile, and the rear roof racks have reverse slopes. Wide V-shaped radiator grille is divided by a horizontal beam in half. There are big lights on both sides, and shaped hood creates a kind of “eyebrows” over them. Conspicuous bulging rear fenders smoothly flow into the bumper. Narrow arrow-type lights in the rear racks are a bit bent and therefore look very unusual.
Splash is slightly larger than its rivals, and its length reaches 3755 mm and wheelbase 2360 mm. Panda is slightly smaller - 3653 and 2300 mm, respectively. C1 - the most compact (3435 mm), and the distance between the axes equals to 2430 mm. Citroen is also much lighter than its opponents - 790 kg against 940 kg of Fiat and 1050 kg of Suzuki.
Inside, Splash has sports notes, its granular plastic on the front panel imitates carbon fiber, and the center console is framed in black varnished rim. Three-spoke steering wheel is decorated with leather. Scales of devices are painted white. Inside the large speedometer there is an onboard computer screen. The tachometer is placed separately, closer to the center panel. In addition to the glove box there is a shelf for small luggage. The gearbox lever is located at a hand. The steering column can be adjusted in height, as well as the driver's seat. The front seats of Suzuki have the best in the trio lateral support. In addition, they are equipped with heating function; however, they are not the softest. Because the driver sits high enough and the glass area is large, the visibility is very good in this hatchback. The second row of seats in all three vehicles can better fit two passengers, although the third one will find the space if required. The Splash has slightly more legroom than its rivals, but the Panda can be compared with it, as its rear seats are equipped with a horizontal adjustment. The trunk volume is 178 l and it reaches 573 with folded seats.
Equipment and Powertrain
Suzuki Splash 1,2 GLX is equipped with central locking, electric windows, air conditioning, radio with CD-player, anti-lock braking system ABS, electric and heated mirrors. In addition, the Suzuki is equipped with 6 airbags, Fiat - 4 and Citroen - 2.
All three vehicles are equipped with petrol engines. 4-cylinder Splash 1.2-liter is the most powerful in the trio - 85 hp at 5500 rev / min. Of course, this affects dynamics well. The hatchback accelerates to 100 km / h in 12 seconds and is capable to develop 175 km / h. Maximum torque (also greater than competitors) of 114 Nm is only achieved at 4400 rev / min. The motor gains momentum cheerfully and quickly, although after 4000 rev / min it is somewhat noisy. In the urban cycle the car consumes 6.1 l / 100 km, while on the road - 4.5 l / 100 km. Its 5-speed manual gear box works well and the lever travel is short.
Suzuki is fun to drive; its steering is precise and informative enough, although it is quite easy. Understeer is not felt and suspension is elastic; the Splash has 15-inch wheels, while its rivals - the 14-inch.
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