Suzuki Swace long-term test: report 4

The Suzuki Swace hybrid is one of those cars that seems to slip under everyone’s radar, but we think it might be a bit of a hidden gem. We’ve decided to run one to find out for sure...

Suzuki Swace LT

The car Suzuki Swace 1.8 Hybrid SZ5 CVT Run by Mark Pearson, used cars editor

Why it’s here The Swace offers up some impressively high fuel economy figures on paper. We want to see if it can live up to those in real-world use

Needs to prove It’s more than just a practical and economical wagon. It’ll need to dispatch commuting, work and family life with flair and cope with a wide variety of everyday duties 

Mileage 3809 Price £29,299 Target Price £28,941 Price as tested £29,899 Official economy 64.2mpg Test economy 58.0mpg 

3 November 2022  Swace, the final frontier

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is once again upon us, which means one last general trim for the garden before the winter hibernation hits – and one more trip to the tip to dispose of all the cuttings. 

Suzuki Swace LT

That’s no problem for my Suzuki Swace with its large and easily accessible boot, which is a decent size with the rear seats up and impressively capacious when they're folded down. On this occasion, our three bags full didn’t even require dropping those rear seats.

It’s pretty spacious in the interior, too. Setting the driving position for 6ft-odd of me, I was then able to 'sit behind myself', though I should think anyone taller with a similar need might want to check out whether it works for them.

Suzuki Swace LT

Three adult-sized people abreast in the rear can be done, too, as long as they’re fairly good friends. The small central tunnel makes this activity easier than it is in a number of the Swace’s rivals. 

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