Suzuki Swace review

Category: Estate car

Section: Performance & drive

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

As we’ve mentioned, the 1.8-litre petrol hybrid engine that you find in the Swace is the very same one you’ll find under the bonnet of the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports that it’s based on. With a relatively modest 120bhp it manages 0-62mph in 11.1sec, and that’s adequate in most situations. It doesn’t stand out as quick among its estate car rivals, though. Indeed, every version of the Skoda Octavia estate is quicker. It’s a shame, then, that the punchier 177bhp 2.0-litre hybrid engine you can have in the Corolla isn’t offered by the Swace.

Elsewhere there are no big mechanical changes to split the Swace from the Corolla, but at least that means your progress will be comfortable, if not rapid. Like the Corolla, the Swace, strikes a great balance between suppleness and control. It’s ride is firmer than the Skoda Octavia Estate, but softer than a Ford Focus Estate. There’s enough compliance to take the worst out of big bumps and potholes yet it never feels floaty over sudden crests. It also remains brilliantly composed over the sort of scarred and patched-up surfaces you find in most towns and cities.

It’s tuned rather more towards keeping you comfortable on the move than inspiring you through the way it drives, though. When driven in a leisurely fashion it handles well enough, with accurate steering that builds weight predictaby. There’s a decent feeling of composure as well, so long as you don’t expect really quick changes of direction. Push harder, though, and you’ll notice it’s less keen to tuck its nose into corners than the Focus Estate or even the Octavia Estate, and it runs out of front-end grip sooner than either. 

As for refinement, there are similar advantages and disadvantages as you’ll find in the Corolla. For a start, being a hybrid, it’s really hushed around town because the electric motor can manage on its own in stop-start traffic over short distances. On electric power, progress is virtually silent and the petrol engine doesn’t disturb the peace too much when it cuts in to take over.

On faster roads, though, particularly those with inclines, the Swace’s petrol engine will soon whine away noticeably, as it does in the Corolla. The blame for this lies with its CVT automatic gearbox; it causes engine revs to abruptly soar during moderate to hard acceleration, and to remain high until you reach your chosen cruising speed.

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