Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid running costs
A high purchase price scuppers the Suzuki Across' value slightly, but ultimately tax costs are fairly low thanks to the plug-in benefits
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|43||3yrs / 60,000 miles||TBC||From £638 / £1,275|
With largely identical specifications to the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, it’s no surprise to learn that the Across will cost you similar money to run after the day-to-day fuel and electricity costs are considered. Low CO2 ratings are beneficial to tax rates, with company-car Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) being particularly low, partly thanks to the car's healthy electric range.
However, a purchase price well north of £40,000 means the Across is subject to a VED (road tax) surcharge, while also meaning those low BiK rates do act on fairly high P11D values. It’s a shame the Across also has a shorter warranty than the RAV4, which may be enough to sway longer-term buyers.
Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid insurance group
The Across falls into group 43 for insurance – surprisingly high when the non-plug-in versions of the Toyota RAV4 are groups 25-30, but representative of the car’s healthy pace and relatively expensive purchase price.
Suzuki’s standard UK warranty covers the car for three years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. That’s decent enough in isolation and pretty standard throughout the market, but it does fall short of that offered by Korean rivals. More confusingly, it’s shorter than the five-year/100,000-mile warranty offered by Toyota on its near-identical RAV4.
With official CO2 emissions of 22g/km and classification as an 'alternative-fuel vehicle', the Across attracts no VED (road tax) on first registration, but you’ll pay more after that, in part because the list price of more than £40,000 means a tax surcharge of £325 a year – so the first five times you tax it, the annual bill will be £465.
The company-car Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) picture is more favourable, with 22g/km emissions and a 46-mile electric range equating to a 6% charge in 2020/21, 7% in 2021/22 and 8% in 2022/23. With the RAV4 plug-in costing similar money, it attracts similar tax rates, although a smaller SUV like the Kia Niro will end up also being cheaper to run.
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 costs - currently readingA 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 & 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