Suzuki Swace review
The Suzuki Swace is basically a Toyota Corolla Touring Sport with different badges, so it’s efficient and just about spacious enough.
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You could be forgiven for doing a double-take at the new Suzuki Swace. That’s because you’ve seen it before, but wearing Toyota Corolla Estate badges.
You see, the Swace is the second model to appear following the strategic alliance between Suzuki and Toyota, after the Toyota RAV4 suddenly reappeared as the Suzuki Across.
The Swace is offered with a solitary powertrain, which is the 1.8-litre hybrid from the Corolla. This combines a 102hp four-cylinder petrol engine with a 53hp electric motor, which drives through a CVT automatic transmission, although the Swace can also drive on EV power alone for short distances.
The Swace covers the 0-62mph sprint in 11.1sec and will carry on to a top speed of 112mph.
Under the WLTP testing regime, it has a CO2 output of 99g/km, and will do an average of 64.2mpg.
As for styling, the Swace bears a strong resemblance to the Corolla Estate (which you’d expect given they’re the same car), but with Suzuki tweaks. These include a different front bumper and grille. The back end of the car is pretty much identical, bar the badging.
The Suzuki Swace is the Corolla's brother from another mother, so it's just as well the Toyota is a decent estate car.
However, the Suzuki Swace is merely average for rear-seat space. Three adults can fit back there for short trips, and kids will find it pretty spacious, but rivals such as the Ford Focus Estate Are more spacious for rear-seat passengers.
The story is largely the same regarding the Swace’s boot. Yes, it’s ahead of alternatives such as the Renault Megane Sport Tourer, but it’s much smaller than cars such as the huge Skoda Octavia Estate. On the upside, you can store the parcel shelf under the false boot floor and a mountain bike fits easily once you fold the seats.
There are two trim levels available, SZ-T and SZ5, both of which are well kitted out. SZ-T models come with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights with automatic full beam, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus lane-keep assist and a pre-collision safety system.
To this, SZ5 adds front and rear parking sensors, wireless smartphone charging, bi-LED projector headlights a blindspot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and a parking-assist system.
Both cars also have radar-guided cruise control, lane-departure warning, road sign assist, automatic door locking and tyre-pressure monitoring.
We’ll be driving the Suzuki Swace in the very near future, so keep an eye on this space and we’ll let you know just what it’s like.