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Suzuki's new family estate looks good for company car drivers

Suzuki Swace Estate (21 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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New price £27,374 - £29,174
Lease from new From £270 p/m View lease deals
Used price £21,890 - £24,915
Used monthly cost From £546 per month
Fuel Economy 64.2 mpg
Insurance group 16 - 17 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Low emissions and tax
  • Comfortable ride
  • Well-equipped, well-built

CONS

  • More expensive than equivalent Toyota
  • Uninvolving steering and handling
  • Only one engine available

Suzuki Swace Estate rivals

Written by Gareth Evans on

One of Suzuki's latest offerings is a family-sized estate, and something of a departure for a company that offers mainly small cars and SUVs. The company says that low emissions, strong economy, and bargain costs will be the intriguingly-named Swace's strongest points.

In case you couldn’t tell, the British-built Swace is a badge-engineered Toyota Corolla Touring Sports and slipped into your local Suzuki dealer early in 2021. It’s the second car to come from Suzuki and Toyota’s new partnership - the first being the Suzuki Across, a RAV4 wearing a Suzuki badge.

As well as its Toyota kissing cousin, the Swace is up against some tough rivals including the excellent Skoda Octavia Estate, sweet-driving Ford Focus Estate and the reliable and safe Korean twins, the Kia Ceed Sportswagon and Hyundai i30 Tourer.

What's the difference between the Swace and the Corolla?

These two cars are extremely closely related, and there's no getting away from that. But there are some differences – the Swace has a restyled radiator grille, new LED headlamps, and tweaked front and rear bumpers. It's a subtle makeover.

Inside, the Swace is treated to some new leather upholstery, but apart from that it’s the same as the Corolla.

What engines are available?

Like all new Suzukis, the Swace is a hybrid. It’s the same 120hp 1.8-litre petrol engine/battery combo as the Corolla with a CVT automatic transmission. Acceleration and performance is excellent considering its potential fuel economy – 0-62mph takes 11.1seconds, and CO2 emissions are stated at 99g/km on the WLTP cycle.

Sadly, the more powerful 2.0-litre engine available in the Corolla isn't offered by Suzuki. But the good news is that there is an EV mode for city drivers. Simply press the button and the Suzuki will be able to cover ground producing zero emissions for ‘short distances’.

What's it like inside?

Being an estate car, it really should have a well-shaped boot - and that it does, having a low loading sill and a nice, wide opening. It's not badly sized either, with 598 litres with the rear seats up. That compares with 640 litres for the Skoda Octavia Estate and 575 for the Ford Focus Estate.

Passenger room is good too, with plenty of rear head and legroom as well as room for three (friendly) adults on the rear bench (which also splits 60:40 for luggage). It's rugged and well built and there's plenty of in-cabin storage areas, too,.

Those upfront are treated to generous equipment levels including an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment set-up. Unlike most rivals, you also have physical buttons for this system that work reasonably well once acclimatised. We're pleased it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though, as the inbuilt sat-nav and infotainment is not exactly fun to use.

What's it like to drive?

We're tempted to say 'see Toyota Corolla Touring Sports'. But to save you the hassle of clicking off, it's simple enough to say that the Swace is pleasant to drive, and will surprise you with its keenness of response, and excellent handling and steering.

This is a car in which you make comfortable progress - and the suspension will impress with its supple ride and decent body control. It's set-up for driving in a relaxed manner that prefers the sweeping bends of an A-road rather than the switchbacks of a B-road.

Its refinement is excellent, with exceptionally low noise levels in town, as you'd expect for a hybrid that can run on battery alone. At speed, the Swace shares a tendency for the engine to whine with its Toyota cousins - it's not intrusive, but not exactly pleasant either.

What models are available?

Prices are a little higher than their Toyota counterparts, and the warranty is a little shorter - but as an upgrade path for existing Suzuki buyers, there's clear merit here. There are two models to choose from - the entry-level SZ-T and range-topping SZ5, both which come in at less than £30,000.

For many, the Suzuki Swace scores well because it's a good company car offering. Its CO2 emissions are low at 99g/km, putting it in one of the lowest benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bands. It also offers Suzuki customers – some of the industry's most loyal – a vehicle to buy once their families have grown too big for a Swift and they don't fancy an SUV.

Suzuki Swace Estate rivals