A beginner’s guide to Suzuki cars

All Suzuki cars are made as hybrid as standard, that's what makes them #GoodDifferent! Let's take a look at each model, how they work, and find out which is the best Suzuki car suited to you. 

Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki Ignis

The Ignis is the smallest car in the Suzuki range, but don't let that fool you. The compact SUV styling provides excellent head and leg room for all passengers, as well as a slightly elevated driving position. It was recently voted Which? 'Most Reliable City Car 2023'. 

The Ignis is also supremely economical. Official WLTP figures state it can achieve a magnificent 56.9 mpg. This is thanks to the combination of the Dualjet petrol engine and the Suzuki mild hybrid system that comes as standard.  

The Ignis is also the only city car in the UK market with optional four-wheel drive capability.

Suzuki Swift

Suzuki Swift

Swift by name and definitely Swift by nature. The spritely city car has long been a favourite of those looking for excellent value and a great drive. 

The Swift is filled with all the tech you'll ever need. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow you to mirror your smartphone and use your apps directly via the touchscreen. 

Adaptive Cruise Control and rear parking camera also come as standard. While Lane Departure Warning and Prevention and Traffic Sign Recognition are available with the SZ-T and SZ5 specs. 

Like the Ignis, the Swift is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and mild hybrid tech to help lower running costs.

Suzuki Hybrid as standard

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Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki Swift Sport

The Swift Sport has many of the great aspects of its sibling and more! There's the ultra-dynamic design, twin exhaust, and sport bucket seats and steering wheel.

The six-speed manual gearbox and 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo engine give you that extra power and torque. The rear spoiler adds stability for acceleration, which can reach 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds. 

The Swift Sport features a larger 48V mild hybrid system than the Swift and Ignis. It adds efficiency, but the lightweight design ensures that the Sport's performance isn't affected.

Suzuki Vitara SUV

Suzuki Vitara

The Vitara is Suzuki's rugged family SUV and is perfectly adaptable for all occasions. Great for motorway cruising, economical around town, and very capable off-road thanks to Suzuki's ALLGRIP four-wheel drive technology. 

A simple turn of a dial allows you to switch between the different 4x4 driving modes with ALLGRIP Select. 

There's Sport mode for winding round where you require the extra agility. Snow mode adds traction on those freezing winter mornings. Lock mode permanently engages the four-wheel drive to tackle mud and water.  

Auto mode switches automatically between front-wheel drive and 4WD. This maximises fuel efficiency while also having you covered when needed in adverse weather conditions. The Vitara also comes with the option of mild hybrid or full hybrid technology. 


Read our guide to Suzuki's 4x4 system.

Suzuki S-Cross

Suzuki S-Cross

The all-new S-Cross brings a whole new level of luxury and style to the Suzuki SUV lineup. The S-Cross is available in the Motion and Ultra trim - both levels available as a mild hybrid or full hybrid.  

The bold front grille and prominent wheel arches are just two of the S-Cross's stand-out features. 

The top spec Ultra model comes with double sliding panoramic sunroof, 360-degree parking camera, and built-in Navigation. The 4x4 ALLGRIP Select system is standard too. 

Suzuki S-Cross vs the competition

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Suzuki Swace Hybrid

Suzuki Swace

The Swace is Suzuki's fully hybrid estate car. Refreshed for 2023, the Swace now comes with a more powerful hybrid system that doesn't compromise its already high efficiency. 

The 1.8-litre petrol engine and 70kW electric motor combine for a maximum power output of 140bhp. The EV mode powers the Swace to go purely on electric power, allowing for a short range of emissions-free driving. The battery uses regenerative braking to send power to the motor, without the need to ever plug the car in. 

The 596 litres of rear storage space are more than capable of storing all manner of luggage and sporting equipment.

Suzuki Across

Suzuki Across

The Across is the sole plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in the Suzuki range. The robust large SUV is equipped with a specially designed E-Four electric 4x4 system for confident handling in tricky conditions. 

Unlike the hybrids, the PHEV system requires it to be plugged in to charge its high capacity 355V lithium-ion battery. To compensate, the bigger battery is located beneath the floor so the Across still offers excellent cabin and storage space. 

Using the EV mode as strategically as possible, the Across has a WLTP fuel consumption of 282 mpg. 

The Across comes loaded with all the Suzuki tech and safety features, including Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Suzuki eCall. 

Suzuki Technology

You may be surprised by the amount of tech that is available in Suzuki cars.

Suzuki EVX

Looking ahead - Suzuki EVX

The EVX is Suzuki's first ever electric car. The concept model was unveiled early in 2023 at the Auto Expo in India. 

Images of the EVX show it will be a similar shape to the Vitara and S-Cross. It will build upon Suzuki's reputation for stylish and reliable family cars. 

The arrowhead LED headlight and wraparound tail light are two particularly striking features shown in the concept images. 

The EVX is scheduled to launch in Europe in 2025 and it marks Suzuki's debut in the EV market. Suzuki's plan is to launch a further four electric cars by the end of the decade.