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SUZUKI SWACE ESTATE

1.8 Hybrid SZ5 5dr CVT

Review from Cars & Driving

Suzuki is, literally, on a charge. Not only has it electrified its entire range, but it has also expanded it, albeit with more than a little help from its technical collaborator, Toyota. In this, the second model of that partnership, the curiously-named Swace borrows the design of the familiar, respected Toyota Corolla Estate to give the Suzuki brand an entrant into the lucrative C-segment compact estate segment. Is it convincing enough, however, to win Suzuki some new friends?

  • Performance
    6
  • Handling
    6
  • Comfort
    8
  • Space
    7
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    7
  • Value
    6
  • Equipment
    8
  • Economy
    9
  • Depreciation
    8
  • Insurance
    8

Background

Suzuki might have yet to launch a full EV, but at least for now, they appear on the face of it, to be doing their bit for automotive electrification. All their core models have mild hybrid electrified petrol powerplants and, thanks to a partnership with Toyota, the company's flagship model, the Across SUV, offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Only a self-charging full-Hybrid engine was missing from the portfolio, and that's now provided by this Swace compact estate. The Swace brings the brand into a market sector it's been absent from since it offered the Baleno estate at the turn of the century - but that car never sold that strongly. Perhaps now, with the added draw of required technology, it will be a different story.

Driving Experience

The Swace combines a 1.8-litre, 102bhp engine with a 53kW electric motor and delivers drive through a CVT gearbox. Whilst not scintillating, performance is acceptable with a 0-62mph time of 11.1 seconds, whilst top speed is pegged at 111mph. Combined, the engine and electric motor offer a relatively seamless driving experience, where three driving modes can be selected - 'Normal', 'Eco' or 'Sport'. The driver can also select a fully electric 'EV mode' for those times when completely silent, or emission-free, running is preferred, such as for inner city work, or even early morning starts. In this mode, the car has the potential to cover a mile or so on pure battery power. 'EV mode' can be used for driving short distances without having to worry about noise or emissions, especially in residential areas early in the morning and late at night, or in garages and indoor parking lots. Combining both engine and electricity, however, can still reap the environmental rewards depending on what you select. 'Normal' mode will give the driver the optimal balance between fuel economy and performance, whereas 'Eco' will enhance the fuel economy through throttle response and even go as far as limiting the air-conditioning. 'Sport' will provide a quicker throttle response to emphasise the acceleration when needed.

Design and Build

Much like the Across SUV, the Swace almost exactly mirrors its Toyota cousin in design, save for a unique front face with LED headlamps and prominent Suzuki badges. Only available as an estate, the Swace is quite a sharp-looking car - and a far cry from the rather forgettable Baleno estate, Suzuki's last offering in this class. A strong, dynamic crease blends out from the front wheel arch towards the rear, breaking the side profile embellished by standard 16-inch alloy wheels. Moving inside, the Swace offers little differences over its Corolla cousin. The driver's interface is dominated by the central 8-inch touchscreen, which is mounted high on the dashboard and features 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring as standard. Soft-touch plastics with chrome and silver accents throughout help lift the ambience of a slightly dark interior, which gets rear privacy glass and Piano Black instrument surrounding trim. There's room (just about) for three adults on the rear bench. And out back, there's a class-competitive 596-litre boot. The luggage compartment can be easily expanded into a fully flat space by using a remote folding lever to fold down the second-row seats, which creates a total loading space of up to 1,606-litres. Privacy needs are addressed with a detachable tonneau cover that can be retracted with a single touch, and the luggage compartment is equipped with auto-illuminating lights and DC12V accessory socket for added convenience.

Market and Model

Entry to Swace ownership starts at around £29,500 - that's for base 'SZ-T' trim; plusher 'SZ5'-spec costs around £1,800 more. These figures might look a little high at first, but when you take into account the sophisticated full-Hybrid tech and look at the high-level of equipment fitted, they might seem a little bit more palatable. Also, the fact that this is an estate model brings an element of practicality into the mix too. Rivals to the car are a mixed bag, with many not offering this car's full-Hybrid efficiency. Of course, the biggest competitor to consider will be the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate model this Swace is based upon; one of those costs around the same as a Swace in the plusher levels of trim needed to match this Suzuki's 'SZ-T' and 'SZ5' trim levels. Potential customers might also be looking at estate versions of the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Golf, the SEAT Leon or the Skoda Octavia with mild hybrid engines. For a little more, you could get a Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV with Plug-in hybrid tech and a lot more battery-only driving range. Standard Swace equipment includes heat for the front seats and steering wheel, 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring, plus automatic headlamps and wipers as well as dual-zone climate control. The 'SZ5' adds a wireless charging pad for your mobile, bi-beam headlamps, 'Blind Spot Monitoring', 'Rear Crossing Traffic Alert' and 'Simple-Intelligent Parking Assist' to the impressive tally.

Cost of Ownership

The hybrid system fitted to the Swace gives reasonably impressive fuel economy and running costs without the need for plugging in. The combined fuel economy figure is up to 64.2mpg according to WLTP figures, with emissions of just 99g/km. That's assuming you activate the provided 'Eco' drive mode, which helps the driver accelerate in an eco-friendly manner and enhances fuel economy through more gradual throttle response and minimal air-conditioning use. This mode is useful during stop-and-go city driving. Clever touches also help, like the 'S-Flow Control' in the air-conditioning which allows the climate system to detect the number of occupants and take into account the ambient temperature, then altering its output accordingly, thereby saving energy where possible. That's the same as in a Corolla. One area where Suzuki does drastically differ from the Toyota equivalent is with its warranty, only offering a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty, as opposed to the 5 year/100,000 mile you get with the Corolla.

Summary

It might seem odd that Suzuki, often previously such an innovative manufacturer, would merely re-badge a Toyota to widen its electrified model offering. This technology though, demands years of experience and huge investment. Should Suzuki have made its customers wait for full-Hybrid tech - then charge them richly for it? Or use proven tech from an established partner, allowing them to bring this engineering quickly to market at a (relatively) affordable price? You can see why the second approach makes more sense and this Swace model fully embraces it. For the money you'd spend to get mild hybrid tech that makes hardly any difference to running costs on comparable estate versions of the Golf, the Focus, the Leon and the Octavia, here you get a full-Hybrid powertrain that can, in contrast, run at times exclusively on full-electric power, so delivering significantly lower running costs. If that makes sense to you, this car might too.

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Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Driver Convenience

  • 7"colour LCD info display
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Clock
  • Driving mode switch
  • Dynamic radar cruise control
  • E-call
  • ECO accelerator guidance
  • ECO score
  • Electromagnetic tailgate lock/unlock switch on driver door trim
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Energy monitor
  • Front and rear parking distance sensors
  • Intelligent parking assist
  • Lane centering function
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane tracing assist
  • Lights on warning
  • Push button start
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear view camera
  • Road sign assist - RSA
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limiter
  • Steering assist function
  • Trip information
  • Vehicle sway warning function
  • Wireless charger

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Entertainment

  • 2x USB sockets in front
  • 8" touchscreen multimedia system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Front and rear speakers
  • Front tweeters
  • Speed sensing volume control
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • 'Guide me home' headlamps
  • 1 speed rear wiper + washer
  • 2 speeds front wiper with intermittent + washer
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto high beam
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Bi-LED projector headlights
  • Black front grille
  • Body colour exterior door handles
  • Body colour exterior door mirror
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Green tinted windows
  • High mounted stop lamp
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Manual headlight levelling
  • Rear combination lamp
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear window demister
  • Roof rails
  • Roof spoiler
  • Shark fin antenna

Interior Features

  • 12V power point in luggage area
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • 2 cup holders in the rear centre armrest
  • 2 Isofix seat anchors
  • 2 X front 12v power sockets
  • 2x Front and rear door bottle holders
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Ambient lighting
  • Boot compartment cover
  • Centre console armrest
  • Child seat tether anchorages x 2
  • Cupholder lights
  • Door armrests
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support
  • Driver/passenger front seatback pockets
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors on sun visors
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning with S-Flow mode
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Front head restraints
  • Front map light
  • Front/rear assist grips
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather heated steering wheel
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Luggage area net hook x 4
  • Luggage nets in boot
  • Pollen filter
  • PTC (Positive Temp Co-efficent) heater
  • Rear cabin lights
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Rear head restraints
  • Rear heater duct
  • Satin chrome & piano black instrument panel centre ornament
  • Satin chrome instrument panel ornament
  • Synthetic leather door armrest
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel

Passive Safety

  • 3 point ELR seatbelts front and rear
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Electric parking brake
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Hill hold control
  • Pre-collision system (AEB)
  • Side airbags
  • Smart door lock system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Deadlocks
  • Freewheeling key cylinders
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking

Trim

  • Chrome door inserts

Wheels

  • 16" alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    18.1
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion

Emissions - ICE

  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    103

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1798
  • Compression Ratio
    13.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    80.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    88.3
  • Engine Code
    2ZR-FXE
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    3.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    3.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    51.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    72.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    72.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    80.7

General

  • AdBlue
    No
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.8
  • Badge Power
    122
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Hybrid
  • Coin Series
    SZ5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    17E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    11.1
  • Engine Power - BHP
    122
  • Engine Power - KW
    90
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    105
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    14.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    142
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3600
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1460
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4655
  • Wheelbase
    2700
  • Width
    1790
  • Width (including mirrors)
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    43
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1835
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1232
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    596
  • Max. Loading Weight
    490
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    450
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1345
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4

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