2020 Suzuki Swace hybrid: performance, economy and specifications

After a spacious and smartly-styled family estate car - but with hybrid power? Then the new Suzuki Swace hybrid could be the car for you.

James Allen
Nov 12, 2020

There are many options available to you if you’re after a family hatchback-based estate car, and there will soon be another to consider. The Suzuki Swace, which arrives in the UK in November 2020. The name may be new, but the car should be familiar, as it results from a partnership between Suzuki and Toyota. 

You’re not wrong if you think the Swace has more than a passing resemblance to the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports hybrid estate car. The two cars are very closely related, and the pair also have a lot of the same tech under the skin - namely the 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid setup, which produces the same 122hp and 142Nm of torque in both cars.

You can expect it to be similar to the Corolla on the inside too, and Suzuki says features like a seven-inch touchscreen media system, heated front seats and driver aids such as lane departure warning and an autonomous assist that enables the car to reverse itself into a parking bay will be available.

The Swace is also quite a practical car, thanks to its substantial maximum luggage volume of 1,606 litres - which, unsurprisingly, is identical to its Corolla counterpart. There are two trim levels available at launch, with priced at £27,499 and £29,299.

Quick facts

  • Only a hybrid version will be available
  • Produces 122hp and 142Nm of torque
  • Fuel economy of up to 64.2mpg
  • Up to 1,606 litres of luggage volume
  • Prices start from £27,499
  • On sale in winter 2020

2020 Suzuki Swace hybrid: performance

While the Corolla estate is available with 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid options, the Suzuki Swace will (for the time being, at least) only have the smaller 1.8-litre engine. Though that does mean the Suzuki isn’t the punchiest car in its class, it isn’t outrageously down on power in comparison with its rivals either - the hybrid setup produces up to 122hp and 142Nm of torque, which should be more than enough for most drivers - especially if you mostly spend your time driving in towns and cities.

Suzuki has already confirmed the Swace’s CO2 emissions (between 99g/km and 115g/km, depending on the spec), while fuel economy is claimed to be 64.2mpg, a minor improvement over the 1.8-litre hybrid Corolla, which can return between 55mpg and 63mpg depending on the spec.

Because the Swace hybrid uses the same hybrid setup and 3.6kWh battery pack as the Corolla, that means the car will also be able to cover small distances under electric power alone - though Suzuki hasn’t said yet how far the car can go before the batteries run flat and the engine kicks in. Do also bear in mind that, as the Swace is a conventional hybrid, you can’t recharge the batteries at a charging point as you can with a plug-in hybrid car.

2020 Suzuki Swace hybrid: specifications

Full details of the car's standard equipment have been revealed; with two trim levels made available from launch. The range is kicked off with SZ-T models, which represent the entry level yet come with a decent level of standard equipment. For starters, there's a seven-inch media display mounted on the dashboard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Then there's dual zone air-conditioning, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear-view camera and dynamic cruise control.

There's also a selection of safety and assistance technology, including an autonomous emergency braking system.

At the top of the range will be SZ5 models, which add smart locking and front and rear parking sensors along with Blind Spot Monitoring, a wireless smartphone charging and an autonomous parking assist that allows the car to reverse itself into a parking spot.

Being an estate car, the Suzuki Swace fares well when it comes to boot size. With the rear seats in place, the car has a luggage volume of 596 litres, which is fairly good for a car of this size - though, oddly, it’s two litres down on the volume that Toyota quotes for the 1.8-litre hybrid Corolla estate. There’s at least parity between the two when you fold the rear seats down, as the Toyota and the Suzuki both have a maximum capacity of 1,606 litres.

2020 Suzuki Swace hybrid: price and release date

The Suzuki Swace is on sale in the UK from November 2020 with prices for SZ-T models starting from £27,499 and SZ5 trim priced from £29,299, which roughly aligns with similar specification Toyota Corolla Touring Sports models.

 

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