Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid interior & comfort
The shapes and materials won’t win awards but their construction might, and the Suzuki Across is well equipped. Infotainment lags the best in class, though
Suzukis further down the range can feel a little cheap inside, but that’s not the case in the Toyota-based Across. You couldn’t call it a particularly luxurious environment – some other brands have the edge when it comes to the feel of their materials and innovative design – but it’s certainly a functional one.
Like Toyotas since time immemorial, it feels like it has been constructed to last; rattles and squeaks are conspicuous by their absence. It’s comfortable, too, with good adjustment for the driver and plenty of space for all the passengers, while the hybrid drivetrain’s relatively low noise (particularly when running in electric mode) makes this a pretty quiet environment as well.
Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid dashboard
No surprises here – the driving environment in the Across is basically identical to that of the RAV4, short of the badge in the centre of the steering wheel. That’s no bad thing, however, as while there’s not a great deal of design flair to be found, it’s as well built and logical as can be.
The steering wheel is pleasingly chunky, as are the controls for the heating, and while the infotainment display looks even more incongruously perched than such units usually do, its high position puts it within easy reach. The instruments are clear also, with the usual Toyota swinging energy dial and distinctive blue needles in evidence.
Equipment, options & accessories
There's no choice of trim levels for the Suzuki, with every car getting a generous standard spec level that encompasses heated leather seats, a leather steering wheel, LED headlights and adaptive cruise control, plus a plethora of active and passive safety technology to keep you on the straight and narrow.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
Toyota has recently dropped its longstanding resistance to adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity to its in-car infotainment systems, and this has carried over to the Across, which features a nice nine-inch dashboard screen for controlling most major features. Like the Toyota equivalent, though, it’s far from being the most intuitive such system to use, with a clunky interface.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Suzuki Across is the Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid's identical twin. It has a high list price, but hits the right numbers for the company-car market
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingA long electric range really helps here, meaning you should be able to cover most day-to-day driving in the Suzuki Across on electric power alone
- 3Running costsA high purchase price scuppers the Suzuki Across' value slightly, but ultimately tax costs are fairly low thanks to the plug-in benefits
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Toyota-sourced 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid drivetrain in the Suzuki Across works very well and offers hot-hatchback pace. The car handles well, too, but the ride is imperfect
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe shapes and materials won’t win awards but their construction might, and the Suzuki Across is well equipped. Infotainment lags the best in class, though
- 6Practicality & boot spacePlenty of interior space for front and rear seat passengers and healthy 490-litre boot make the Suzuki Across a very practical car
- 7Reliability & safetyThis car is unproven in Suzuki form, but wearing the RAV4 badge it's one of the most dependable SUVs on sale, so the Across should be fairly safe bet