The Across is, quite plainly, a car for people who won’t blink at the idea of driving a Suzuki SUV – or even a Toyota – when their monthly budget might have bought them an Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Lexus or any number of other more ‘premium’ options.
There may not be many customers like that; but those there are will surely be motivated by the car’s 6% benefit-in-kind tax qualification (so you could tax it as a fleet option for less than half the equivalent cost of a Volvo XC60 T6 Recharge PHEV). Rational company car drivers with growing families certainly won’t struggle to see the appeal of the Across, then.
Private buyers might need a little more convincing, but even for them, a modern mid-sized, petrol-fuelled hybrid SUV capable of returning fuel economy in the mid-40s without being plugged in can be considered reasonably efficient. For those who can charge it regularly, given that substantial electric range, everyday fuel economy stretching close to three figures may well be possible depending on your particular pattern of usage.
It’s worth pointing out, though, that while the RAV4 PHEV’s on-board charger can take up to 6.6kW, the Suzuki’s is limited to 3.3kW. That means it will take at least five and a half hours to top its battery up, where the Toyota’s can be replenished in two and a half hours.