Read Caroline’s 2024 Suzuki Swace review for everything you need to know about buying Suzuki’s compact hybrid estate car in Ireland.

Suzuki’s trusty estate car has been updated for 2024 with even more fuel efficient hybrid technology and better interior materials and tech on board.

Priced from €34,795, it merges practicality very well with efficiency.

Based on the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports and featuring the same hybrid tech, it doesn’t have much originality but it does add something special to the Suzuki line-up – and the update is surprisingly successful in making the Swace feel more upmarket than before.

The 2024 Suzuki Swace
The 2024 Suzuki Swace

Styling

Styling updates are minimal. The Swace is a plain but attractive estate car with a low, sporty stance on the road. It has a slightly different nose than the Corolla it’s based on, managing to pull off quite a high-tech look with its headlight design, sharp LED lighting and sporty gloss black grille and fog light surrounds.

There’s just one trim level offered in Ireland called Motion and it comes with 16-inch alloy wheels that do suit the car well. Rear privacy glass and roof rails are also included.

There are a range of nice paint finishes including Platinum White Pearlescent, Super White, Precious Silver, Black Mica, Dark Blue Mica, Phantom Brown Metallic and Oxide Bronze Metallic.

Interior 

It’s inside where the Swace has come on in leaps and bounds during this update. The material quality and darker finishes look better than before, with a plusher and more upmarket feel. The cabin is just like the Toyota – but within Suzuki’s range, it’s a definite star of the line-up with an incredibly solid and well-built interior that’s pretty stylish too.

The cabin of the 2024 Suzuki Swace
The cabin of the 2024 Suzuki Swace

There’s also a much more modern 8″ infotainment screen from the Corolla with wireless Apple CarPlay/wired Android Auto and an excellent digital instrument cluster with three display modes. It really lifts the cabin.

Standard specification is now higher and includes Emergency Driving Stop system, LED rear lamps, dual zone automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, rear parking camera, type C USB port and Dynamic Radar Cruise control.

Practicality

The Swace is a very spacious and comfortable estate car. There’s plenty of space in the back for adults to get comfortable. The 596-litre is bigger than the S-Cross Hybrid boot and is ideal for family life. It comes with a two-position floor with reversible waterproof side. There are also switches in the boot to let down the rear seats.

Engines

The Swace’s hybrid tech has been updated in line with the Corolla’s fifth generation Toyota hybrid technology. It’s the same 1.8-litre capacity petrol electric hybrid but now with more power (140hp) and torque (185Nm) that makes it livelier and quicker on the road (0-100km/h in 9.4 seconds).

The Swace offers the space and practicality of an estate car
The Swace offers the space and practicality of an estate car

CO2 emissions have also been lowered and it’s a reliable fuel-sipper overall. I saw consumption of 4.4 litres per 100 kilometres during my test drive.

Driving

The Swace is by no means an exciting car to drive but it does offer smooth steering and a solid feel that takes it seamlessly from town to motorway and rural roads. There’s a bit of road noise from the tyres but overall it’s a comfortable car to spend time in. Being a hybrid, it’s best driven in a more relaxed manner as the CVT auto can make the engine noisy if you try to pick up speed quickly.

There are driving modes like normal, sport and eco to adjust the driving behaviour somewhat. There’s also regenerative braking to recoup some energy back into the small capacity on board that makes this one of the most efficient cars to drive in its class. That’s particularly the case in town driving where it can run silently on the power from its electric motor at low speeds and when taking off.

Pricing

The Suzuki Swace Motion is available from €34,795 in Ireland.

Boot space in the Swace
Boot space in the Swace

Verdict

The Suzuki Swace is an innocuous but brilliant estate car. It still manages to offer good value in the market with plenty of standard equipment and safety features.

The update has given it a nicer interior with more modern digital tech. But it remains a spacious, practical and incredibly efficient car.

The only shame is there’s not much originality to it being so similar to the Toyota it’s based on.

Still, there’s no denying it’s a good car and does stand out in the Suzuki line-up for its overall sophistication.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The stylish, practical and efficient Suzuki Swace
The stylish, practical and efficient Suzuki Swace