Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The simple engine line-up consists of an 85bhp 1.2-litre petrol unit and a 74bhp 1.3-litre diesel. Both are excellent in the city, with enough power in lower gears for the Splash to easily nip between lanes and crawl through traffic. The diesel is a little slower off the mark but still packs a big enough punch to keep up with traffic on motorways. All models are paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, though a four-speed automatic option is available on the 1.2 GLS+.

In early 2009 an entry-level 1.0-litre engine was introduced (this was available in the Agila from launch) which crucially emits 120g/km of CO2, making it cheap to tax - it's also incredibly economical, averaging 57mpg.

The Splash is very agile and perfectly suited to city driving. Thanks to its tight turning circle and power-steering, parking and low-speed manoeuvres are easily managed plus it's a surprisingly good motorway cruiser - even when fitted with the petrol engines which have less pulling power than the diesel. The ride is rather firm which can spoil comfort levels over rougher roads but overall the Splash is entertaining to drive with decent grip and body control.

The steering doesn't offer too much feel, but it's precise nonetheless.