Suzuki Spacia

Suzuki Spacia Review: “A stress-free drive, with a silence that exceeds that of kei car levels” by Naoki Aoyama

Did you know that from spring to around this summer, Suzuki’s good-selling kei car Spacia has been discreetly improved in terms of space?

Officially, the main points of improvement in the NA models of the Spacia and the Spacia Custom is the adoption of the S-ENE Charge which enables it to be referred to as a “quasi-hybrid” and allows it to attain 85 km/h, with a 30-second maximum motor assist from takeoff, and to be restarted silently from an idling stop. Along with that are the newly adopted collision mitigation system which also detects pedestrians through its stereo camera system, dual camera brake support (functions at approximately 5-100km/h, lane departure alarm, stagger alert, with adaptive cruise control), an omni-directional camera with an overhead view and the like.

As a result, the 32.0 km/liter maximum gas mileage of the NA model in JC08 mode overwhelms its rival (N-BOX: 25.6km/liter, Tanto: 28.0km/liter) due to the power of the S-ENE Charge.

In addition, a new grade, which is mounted with a turbocharged engine mated with S-ENE Charge, has been added to the Spacia and Spacia Custom in August. This has also achieved a 26.8km/liter gas mileage in JC08 mode, which puts it at the top of its class as a turbo car with better space system. By the way, the 30-second maximum motor assist at the time of takeoff achieves 85 km/h.

When I actually tried to test drive the NA model, the power performance was quite mediocre as that model was prior to the improvements; however, the improved model has been able to cruise and accelerate without stress on uphill roads and even on expressways.

Moreover, although it was not officially announced, its quietness is already at the top of its class due to the augmentation of the damping and sound absorbing materials with the improvements this time. It is reliable as it has significantly exceeded the kei car’s level of comfort when it comes to expressway and long distance driving in particular.

It definitely has an indoor space allowance which is expected given the better space system. It certainly is the Spacia, as the rear seat at the back of the driving position over my 172 cm frame has a 250 mm space and a 350mm space around the knees.

Of course, the riding feel and weight of the vehicle brings about a sense of dignity and calmness. Its real strength as a kei car and as a minivan, its practicality, and its greatly enhanced economy has given it a mature disposition for this reason.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★
Pet-friendliness: ★★★★

Naoki Aoyama| Motor Journalist/ Dock Life Journalist
He became a freelance motor journalist after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He started as a writer specializing on automotive magazines, and then of general news magazines and websites. He also worked on publication related to pet (dog) and overseas travel, pet and drive-related television program, as well as events. He is currently expanding his career as a dog life producer.
He is a Japan Car of the Year Selection Committee member.

(Translated by: Michael Sabaldan)