As well as providing off road capability, the E-Four electronic 4×4 system also offers extra grip in adverse driving conditions and as we head towards winter you’ll find front and rear heated seats and a heated steering wheel will; help keep you cosy. While there isn’t a heated there are heated washer jets.
There are plenty of handy compartments scattered around the cabin, two cup-holders front and rear while boot space is ample and includes a 12V power socket. Seats are a fixed 60:40 split.
There’s no sat nav but there is Apple CarPlay or Android Auto so you have access to the likes of Waze and Google maps.
The Across official range of 46 miles gives it an advantage over many rivals such as the Ford Kuga PHEV or VW Tiguan eHybrid.
On the road, the Suzuki copes well with all types of driving conditions, city streets, county roads or motorways. A high seating position provides a commanding view of the road and the seats are impressively comfortable. To help you long the way there are a number of driver aids that come as standard.
The switch between petrol and battery power is seamless and you can control your ‘mode’ manually. But I just left it in EV mode with the ICE engine only eventually cutting when when the battery juice ran out. It can run on its electric motors alone at up to 84mph.
What I liked was the easy accessibility of the centrally mounted drive mode buttons which really encourages you to use them rather than having to scroll through touchscreen menus.
If I have one niggle, it’s the sensitivity of the anti collision sensors, narrow lanes can induce some harsh automatic brake inputs when approaching vehicles, or even bushes, on the narrow country lanes. Oh, maybe one other, the electronic tailgate is painfully slow in operation.
Last time we had the car was during the school summer holiday in August when there was a good amount of child carrying so plenty of room for the whole family. Now in darkest November and December we see the other side of the Across and its surefootedness on the country lanes and through copious water hazardous.
Next job is to really test out that off-road capability now the field are nice and boggy. If only the Across could clean itself!