Do you dream of getting out on the water in your very own PWC? A personal watercraft, or jet ski, offers you a new way to experience skimming across oceans, dams, and lakes. The PWC market is a competitive space with over a dozen brands trying to capture your attention and money.
The 2022 “Spark” range of PWCs promises to deliver you the best jet ski experience without breaking your bank account. The new models are stylish, powerful, and easy to operate – everything you need in a PWC.
Let’s unpack the Sea-Doo Spark range for 2022.
Sea-Doo does it again, releasing two “Spark” models to dominate the entry-level point in the PWC market. The 2UP and 3UP models offer significant improvements over the 2021 skis, with upgrades in performance and handling in almost every category.
The 2up and 3UP have the same height and width, but the 3UP is 10″ longer, thanks to the additional rider space accommodating up to three passengers and the rear platform, allowing easy stepping onto the PWC from the water.
The 110″ hull on the 2UP is the shortest in its class, offering you better maneuverability for playful rec-lite performance in the water.
The 2UP comes with a dry weight of 410-lbs, while the 3UP tips the scales at 425-lbs. Both models come with slimline seats for additional rider comfort and options for seat upgrades if you’re looking for superior comfort.
The Sea-Doo Spark rec-lite PWC comes with an attractive design aesthetic, and you have four color options to suit your style.
Before we go any further, we’re sure you’re wondering about the price of the 2022 Spark range, so let’s get that out of the way first.
The price for the base model 2UP and 3UP (without any accessories or extras) is the following.
- Sea-Doo Spark 2UP MSRP $5,699.
- Sea-Doo Spark 3UP MSRP $6,999.
We think that’s quite a step-up from the base price of the 2UP to the 3UP, and considering the only real additions are the extra seat, rear platform, and 30HP on the motor, it’s hard to justify the additional $1,300 on the price tag.
It’s also important to note that a commodity surcharge applies in the current inflationary market, adding $465 to the price tag for both models.
The Sea-Doo Spark 2UP comes standard with a 60HP motor, and you have the option of upgrading to the 90HP variant. The Sea-Doo Spark 3UP features the 90HP motor as standard equipment.
Both models get their power from the legendary Rotax 900 ACE engine. It’s a fast and fuel-efficient motor, with the 60HP model consuming just 1.94 gallons of fuel p/hour and the 90HP version sipping 2.4 gallons p/hour.
You get excellent response and performance from both engines. However, if this isn’t your first rodeo with a PWC, we think it’s a wise idea to go with the 90HP version right out the box, as the 60HP might become boring if you’re into performance PWCs.
The 60HP motor has performance stats of 42-mph top speed and 0-30-mph in 3.6-seconds.
The 90HP engine features a top-end speed of 50-mph and a 0-60-mph time of 2.4-seconds.
The naturally-aspirated 899 cc features a Closed-Loop Cooling System (CLCS) and features an engine reverse system, and the optional Convenience Plus Package comes with iBR® (Intelligent Brake & Reverse).
You get the Sea-Doo iTC™ (Intelligent Throttle Control) system for fast response on the gas, and the D-Sea-BeI™ exhaust system runs quietly without pushing fumes into the air. The engine also runs on 87-octane fuel, so gas her up at the local filling station on the way to the launch site.
The pilot console comes with a speedometer/RPM gauge, total PWC running hours, and sport mode on the 90HP version. There’s also a 0.42-gallon glove box fitted below the console for easy access.
The 2UP and 3UP come with the advanced Polytec hull design and construction. Sea-Doo introduced this technology into the 2014 range, and it’s been a staple ever since.
You get excellent durability compared to traditional fiberglass hulls, scratch resistance, and no chance of cracking or damage when beaching the PWC. There was some criticism of the Polytec material’s strength. So, Sea-Doo released a video of one of its engineers battering the hull with a baseball bat, with no effect on the hull’s structural integrity – amazing.
The lightweight hull materials add performance to the PWC while improving fuel efficiency. The weight reduction also makes it easy to tow with a mid-size vehicle.
The Sea-Doo Spark 2022 models come with plenty of great features as standard. You also have a slew of optional extras for the PWC. However, adding accessories could increase the price tag by as much as 40%.
Some of the ski’s highlight standard and optional features include the following.
We like the BRP Audio-Portable System, letting you take your music with you out onto the water. The fully-submersible, portable audio system features impressive 25-Watt speakers, and you get Bluetooth connectivity, with up to 24-hours battery life.
Make adjustments to volume, and track selection on the fly with the intuitive control pad mounted to the console.
Seats and Accessories
The Sea-Doo Spark range features a slimline seat and seat strap included. There are knee pads upfront to prevent knocks, and the wet grip footboards provide plenty of traction in the footwells and on the rear platform of the 3UP model.
The handlebars come with comfortable palm rests. You also have the option of fitting the LinQ™ Attachment System for tow-sports, but it’s an optional extra.
Both the 2UP and 3Up come with a tow hook for watersports. Pull your friends into huge waves at Mavericks, or do some wakeboarding at the local lake.
If you’re purchasing the iBR package with your Spark, you get the “convenience package” included as standard. This package comes with a drop-down reboarding step and additional front storage of up to 7.42-gallons.
Some of the other extras you can add to your base-model Spark include the following.
- Comfort seat.
- Handlebar-mounted wind deflectors.
- Colored handlebars.
- Docking accessories.
- Graphics kits.
- Additional storage and dry bags.
- Coolers and fuel cans,
- Performance motor upgrades.
- Trailers and accessories.
- Safety kit and other utilities.
The 2022 Sea-Doo Spark range has two performance models in the “TRIXX” and the “GTi.”
The TRIXX model is ideal for those PWC enthusiasts that want more power, better maneuverability, and outstanding performance in all water conditions.
The GTi Spark comes with everything you need for cruising on the water on the way to fishing spots. It’s ideal for fishing and cruising, but it comes with a steep price tag.
MSRP $9,299 .
The Sea-Doo 2022 Spark – The Verdict
Sea-Doo outdid themselves with the 2022 Spark. Considering the value for money with this PWC, it’s hard to see why you would choose any other manufacturing brand for your next jet ski.