Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid practicality & boot space
Plenty of interior space for front and rear seat passengers and healthy 490-litre boot make the Suzuki Across a very practical car
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Identical in size to the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, the Across is equally practical. Over time, the RAV4 has grown from its relatively compact roots and this renders the Across larger than many of its plug-in rivals, such as the Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5 Aircross and Ford Kuga. This naturally is beneficial for interior space and boot capacity, particularly given the relatively boxy exterior shape, and so it proves – the Across accommodates passengers and luggage well.
Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
There’s not a lot wrong here, with the Across providing comfortably enough space for four adults and allowing another to squeeze in at a push. Six-footers should be happy more or less wherever they’re sittin and the seats are also admirably comfortable – for the driver in particular there’s enough adjustment to find a suitable position.
Storage space isn’t bad either, with a central armrest cubby, a couple of cupholders ahead of that, space for a phone ahead of the gear selector and the usual bottle-swallowing doorbins. There’s a small cubby between the steering wheel and driver’s door, too, which could be useful for coins, parking passes and the like.
The 490-litre boot capacity is 90 litres down on the figure for the non-plug-in-hybrid RAV4 (which has no Suzuki equivalent), but it's still a useful size. The tailgate is powered, the boot floor is flat and the rear seats drop down to free up 1,198 litres of space in total, so the Across is overall a very practical car.
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 & comfortThe 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 space - currently readingPlenty 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