The Splash looks cute inside and out, and the cabin is impressively spacious for a small car. It's good to drive, too.
The tiny boot limits its overall practicality, it's pricey and a few details are annoying, like the hard-to-read rev counter.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Splash comes with a choice of a 67bhp 1.0-litre and a 93bhp 1.2-litre petrol engines. Both are capable of worthy performance, but they both need to be revved hard. They’re smooth, though, so giving them plenty of revs is no hardship.
Ride & Handling
The Splash is based on the bigger Swift, so it's no surprise that there are some similarities in the way they drive. Direct steering and immense grip give the Splash a surprising amount of ability in corners, and although the tall body leans over a bit more than the Swift's, it's not too excessive. There's a firm edge to the ride, especially at low speeds, but only the worst surfaces will upset the calm.
The rev-hungry nature of the engines means they're a bit vocal when you're accelerating - especially the 1.0-litre - but they're fine when you're pottering around town and settle down at motorway pace. You can hear a bit of wind and road noise in the cabin, but neither reaches an unreasonable level.