Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid reliability & safety
This 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
As it's a recently introduced vehicle, the Across’s long-term ownership prospects are relatively unknown, but it does have one key factor on its side: as it's effectively a rebadged Toyota RAV4, long one of the more dependable family SUVs, there’s probably not a great deal to worry about. This also means the Across should be as safe as any of its rivals, despite not having been crash-tested itself just yet.
Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid reliability & problems
Being based on the Toyota RAV4 is excellent news for the Across in terms of reliability. Not only does Toyota have an enviable reputation for longevity, but the RAV4 itself scored highly in the 2020 Driver Power survey, finishing 12th out of 75 vehicles. That’s higher than Suzuki’s own Vitara, too, which placed 54th. Toyota’s hybrid system has a durable reputation, with little concern over the longevity of the battery packs, which can handle hundreds of thousands of miles without issue.
The Across hasn’t yet been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but its platform-mate the RAV4 has been, and given their near-identical nature, it’s fairly safe to infer similar figures. The RAV4 received a full five-star safety rating, including adult and child safety scores of 98% and 87%, with vulnerable road user protection at 85% (not bad for a bluff-fronted SUV) and safety assist systems at 77%. Those figures were also rated as valid for the plug-in RAV4 in October 2020, so they should all apply to the Across, too.
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 spacePlenty of interior space for front and rear seat passengers and healthy 490-litre boot make the Suzuki Across a very practical car
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThis 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