What should I be paying?
Right let’s get into details. The aforementioned base spec Swace that begins at £27,499 is known as the SZ-T. That comes with a respectable amount of kit that includes dual zone air conditioning, a seven-inch LCD info screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear parking camera and active cruise control. Lovely.
The only other trim level is the top spec SZ5. At £29,299, that adds park assist with front and rear parking sensors, a blind spot monitor, wireless phone charging and something called ‘smart’ door locking. For the money it’ll probably be worth the upgrade, although it’s a shame there’s no chance of getting the Corolla’s larger 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain.
The only real option is a choice of seven different paint colours, with all but the base white costing an extra £600 or £900. The other boxes to tick are well-priced practical bits like cargo netting for the boot, a roof rack and a protective film over the door handles to keep the paint from being scratched by jewellery.
It’s also worth noting that Suzuki is offering a five year/100,000-mile warranty for the Swace – the same as you’ll get from Toyota if you’re buying a Corolla.