Suzuki Swace Review 2024

Suzuki Swace At A Glance

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With low running costs, an impressive list of standard equipment and a huge boot, there's a lot going in the Suzuki Swace's favour. But what else would you expect for a car that's essentially a rebadged Toyota Corolla Touring Sports?

+More affordable than a Toyota Corolla Touring Sports. Hybrid power means it will be very reliable and cheap to run. Welcome power boost from 2023. Huge boot.

-Looks and feels a bit anonymous. Likely to sell in limited numbers in the UK. The Toyota has slightly more showroom appeal.

On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure

The Suzuki Swace is a Toyota Corolla Touring Sports with a different badge on the bonnet. But as Toyota makes some of the most reliable cars on sale - and the Toyota Corolla is one of our favourite cars in its class - the Suzuki Swace builds on some pretty strong foundations.

Platform sharing is nothing new in the car industry - and it's something we're likely to see more of over the next few years, with car manufacturers sharing technology in order to speed up the process of launching new electric (and hybrid) vehicles. But the Suzuki Swace isn't simply based on the Toyota Corolla - cover up the badge and you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. As we explain in our Suzuki Swace review.

The Suzuki Swace is built alongside the Toyota Corolla at Toyota's factory in Derbyshire and forms part of a collaboration between the two Japanese car brands, along with the Toyota RAV4-based Suzuki Across.

Suzuki prides itself on its no-nonsense approach to car sales, though, as well as being a trustworthy brand for buyers who like to be a bit alternative. That means the Suzuki Swace will sell in smaller numbers than the Corolla, while also undercutting the big seller on price.

In the spirit of keeping things simple, the Suzuki Swace is only available as an estate car, with a choice of two trim levels and little in the way of options. The majority of buyers will go for the most affordable model, the Suzuki Swace Motion, which is pretty well kitted out as standard. For your £29,000(ish), you get heated seats, a heated steering wheel, a reversing camera and 16-inch alloy wheels. The only thing it's really missing is built-in navigation - but, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, that needn't be a dealbreaker.

There's only one engine available in the Suzuki Swace: a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid. This received a very welcome power boost in 2023, increasing the maximum power output from 122PS to 140PS. While it's still not a quick car, we don't think Suzuki's missed a trick by not offering the Swace with the Toyota Corolla's 2.0-litre engine (which sells in relatively small numbers anyway).

The Suzuki Swace's forte is more about being dependable and cheap to run. With Toyota's expertise in hybrid technology, you can be sure the Suzuki Swace won't let you down, while Suzuki's new service-activated warranty means it can be covered for up to seven years (with regular main dealer visits).

As a 'regular' hybrid, the Suzuki Swace will be pretty frugal under day-to-day driving, without the need to plug it in (like you would a plug-in hybrid or a pure-electric alternative like the MG 5 EV). Suzuki claims the Swace will return up to 62.7mpg - and our Real MPG data for the Toyota Corolla suggests that should be a fairly attainable figure.

The Suzuki Swace isn't an exciting car. We reckon the Ford Focus Estate is more rewarding to drive, the Volkswagen Golf Estate looks classier and even the latest Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer will turn more heads. But the Suzuki Swace is a very versatile estate car that'll be cheap to run, while its simple range line-up and value for money make it a strong proposition - even alongside the very similar Toyota Corolla Touring Sports.

Ask Honest John

I only do 5000 miles a year - should I buy a petrol, diesel or hybrid?

"I am looking to buy a new car. I only do about 5000 miles a year. I need a car with a decent size boot. Should I buy a petrol, diesel or hybrid? I have no interest in an electric car as I have no way of plugging it in as I live in a flat. Can you recommend a car with good economy and reliability no more than £30,000?"
As you can't charge a car at home, we'd recommend a petrol or hybrid for your mileage. A Suzuki Swace (or almost identical Toyota Corolla Touring Sports) sounds ideal - it's a very efficient estate car that's likely to be extremely reliable in the long term. You could also look at SUVs like the Kia Sportage - a nearly-new mild-hybrid Sportage is available within budget.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Do any other carmakers use Toyota engines?

"Is there another carmaker that uses Toyota's engines (apart from Lexus)? I'm looking to buy a used (2012 or later) Auris for the Mrs but they are very pricey. I want Toyota reliability on a budget. Is this possible?"
A few niche car manufacturers (like Lotus) use Toyota engines but none that will sell a substitute to the Auris. Suzuki recently started selling the Swace, which is essentially a rebadged Corolla, but it's a fairly new car. You could consider a Honda Civic as an alternative – they're generally very reliable.
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