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Suzuki Across

(2020 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

66
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

71
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

94
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

65
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

66
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

71
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

94
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

65
%
B

Summary


When the European Union introduced new average CO2 limits for car manufacturers, with stiff fines for each gram over, Suzuki was set to take a big hit. The simple answer, sign a deal with hybrid experts Toyota.

This has allowed the launch of the Suzuki Swace – basically a Toyota Corolla – and the Suzuki Across, the brand’s first plug-in hybrid but actually a Toyota RAV4 – The Sun describes the car as “unashamedly a copy-and-paste RAV4.”

Like all PHEVs the official eco figures of the Across (Ay-cross, not Ah-cross, Top Gear tells us) are flawed, but as reviewers point out mpg of 282 miles and CO2 of 22g/km is a boon for tax-strapped company car drivers. Particularly as Suzuki offers just one range-topping version of the Across with lots of equipment – but a price to match.

You can get a cheaper RAV4 hybrid in self-charging form, but with equipment taken into account the Suzuki is a slightly cheaper version of the top plug-in model, combining a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for 302hp. Also, the motor drives the rear axle, so you get all-wheel drive. And as Parkers highlights, the 46-mile electric only range is useful but not restrictive.

Differences between the Toyota and Suzuki? Very few, effectively a restyled grille and a badge, plus some slight variations in equipment levels. So buyers get all the Toyota good bits, but also the not so good, Autocar highlighting the interior finish as “lacking somewhat in material richness” for a car costing close to £50,000.

However reviewers add that the cabin is robust and functional, adding to the car’s potential appeal as a PHEV with proper off-road capabilities.

As of January 2024, the Suzuki Across currently holds a New Car Expert Rating of B with a score of 68%. That’s two points lower than its donor, the Toyota RAV4.

Across highlights

  • Excellent official eco figures
  • Toyota reliability and build
  • 46-mile electric-only range
  • Swift acceleration and refined roadholding
  • Extensive specification

Across lowlights

  • Official mpg figures don’t equate to real life
  • Expensive range-topper model only
  • Low-rent interior finish
  • Toyota offers cheaper hybrid model
  • Less impressive warranty than Toyota

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Powertrain: petrol/electric plug-in hybrid
Price: From £45,599 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2020
Last updated: N/A
Update due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Carbuyer

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Company Car Today

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Eurekar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

In theory, the Suzuki Across should carry a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP as it’s simply a rebadged Toyota RAV4, which scored a five-star rating back in 2019. However, Euro NCAP’s rating does not currently apply to the Across.

This may be an administrative delay, or it may be that Suzuki has not provided evidence to Euro NCAP to show that the changes made from the original RAV4 design would make no difference to its rating. If Euro NCAP issues a safety rating for the Across, we will publish the results here.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Suzuki Across has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP, and neither has the Toyota Corolla upon which it’s based.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Suzuki Across to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Across, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models282 mpgA282 – 282 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models22 g/kmA22 – 22 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models47 milesD47 – 47 milesD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models39C39 – 50C – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£241B
Year 2£614B
Year 3£1,041B
Year 4£1,208B
Year 5£1,629B
Overall£4,733B

The Suzuki Across is an affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Only available as a plug-in hybrid, the across looks great on paper when its comes to fuel consumption, but this is largely thanks to ridiculous EU/UK government lab tests that are completely inadequate for plug-in hybrids.

There is no way you will ever travel for 282 miles on a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and some electricity. That said, the car is still pretty fuel efficient.

While the battery range of this plug-in hybrid isn’t very impressive when compared to most rivals, the car’s service and maintenance costs are cheaper than average, and insurance premiums are unlikely to throw up any expensive surprises.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Suzuki Across, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Citroën C5 Aircross | Hyundai Santa Fe | Kia SorentoLand Rover Discovery Sport | Mitsubishi Shogun Sport | Nissan X-Trail | Peugeot 5008 | SEAT Tarraco | Skoda Kodiaq | SsangYong Rexton | Subaru Forester | Toyota RAV4 | Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Rival PHEV SUVs are not that plentiful and reviewers see many of those early-adopters of the surprisingly mass-selling Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV progressing to the Across. Obviously its Toyota donor, the RAV4, is a rival as well, while others could include the Ford Kuga PHEV.   


More news, reviews and information about the Suzuki Across at The Car Expert

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