IF you think the car in front is a Toyota then the chances are it might not be – take a careful look at the badges.
The Suzuki Swace can easily be mistaken for the former, as it’s based on the Toyota Corolla Hybrid estate – the second new model launched under a collaborative business agreement between the two Japanese manufacturers.
It’s a UK built car, at Toyota’s Derbyshire factory, but it’s been tweaked with new Suzuki front end treatment.
ADDING a lithium-ion battery and a Hybrid badge to Suzuki’s Swift Sport might have helped add a modest bit of excess weight – but it hasn’t made it any less enjoyable to drive.
It’s still what we refer to hereabouts as the Japanese Mini Cooper. It’s got the same compact dimensions, it comes as standard with the sort of agile handling that has had MINI owners dribbling for years, and it’s got a sweet high revving engine.