The Suzuki Spacia Custom puts a mature and masculine touch on the brand's endearing Kei hatchback
And with fuel-saving hybrid technology and a turbocharged engine – it's quite surprising to drive too
Suzuki are building really cool cars at the moment.
Cars like the Suzuki Jimny and Suzuki Swift Sport come to mind as two locally-available options, but overseas – they offer even more.
Especially in its native country of Japan; where cars like this endearing Suzuki Spacia come from. It’s an upright hatchback that’s surprisingly compact externally; yet incredibly spacious internally.
Suzuki offers two versions of the Spacia: Spacia Custom, and Spacia Gear. The Spacia Gear has circlular headlights, whereas the Spacia Custom features more mature and masculine square ones. The tech / engine / hard parts are common between the pair.
This example – as a top spec XS Turbo Hybrid – is also loaded with safety features, splashes of luxury (like heated seats) and fuel-saving hybrid technology.
The clever product packaging allows for a spacious and airy first row of seating, a pair of sliding second row seats big enough for adults, and enough room to a fit bicycle with two guests up-front. Two ISOFIX child seat points can be found in the second row and both forwad- and rearward-facing baby seats fit with ease.
Lift up the front passenger seat and you’ll even find a plastic shopping basket you can remove and use! Another trick is to pull on the silver dashboard trims, as you’ll find cup holders and storage trays magically appear if you do.
Aside from such pragmatics, there are little luxuries too: electric sliding doors, automatic emergency braking (low speed forward and rearward), a heated driver’s seats plus keyless entry + start.
It’s powered by a 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 48-volt mild hybrid system. The Suzuki Spacia Custom hybrid features a small lithium-ion battery and combined starter motor / alternator / e-motor that sits attached to the engine to assist drive and reduce fuel use.
The result is a seamless way to save fuel whilst unlocking more low-down torque from its turbocharged engine. Combined with its low kerb weight, the Suzuki Spacia Custom has plenty of power for the freeway, and also features a comfort-led suspension tune with good high-speed stability.
It’s cosy, easy to drive and the ideal candidate for a second car in a multi-car household. This vehicle was hand-picked from Japan and purchased from the South-side of the island cluster.
The car pictured – 2018 Suzuki Spacia Custom Hybrid ZS Turbo (MK53S)
Our Suzuki Spacia Gear was built in April 2018 and is a ‘ZS Turbo Hybrid’ trim level. That makes it the flagship model in the range.
It’s powered by a steadfast ‘R06A’ 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 47kW/100Nm and a 48-volt mild hybrid system. Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT automatic.
Standard equipment includes keyless entry and start, sports seats with red stitching, automatic emergency braking (low speed – forward), electric sliding doors, a heated driver’s seat. lane departure warning, automatic LED headlights, LED fog lights and ISOFIX child seat points.
Optional extras include two-tone paint. This car also comes with a service history, owner’s manual and Japanese export certificate that confirms its mileage.
Optional extras like an Australian stereo wiith Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available.
What made this one special
Quick facts of the car pictured be found here:
- 2018 Suzuki Spacia Custom Hybrid ZS Turbo Hybrid
- 72,588 km
- 660cc ‘R06A’ three-cylinder Turbo
- Mild hybrid technology (48-volt alternator / starter / generator / e-motor)
- CVT auto / Front-wheel drive
- Factory specification includes sports seats with a heated driver’s seat, automatic emergency braking, a reverse camera electric sliding doors and keyless entry + start.
- Factory option equipment includes two-tone paint
- Japanese de-registration paperwork, auction paperwork and service history available
- Includes SEVS compliance, a NSW roadworthy and NSW rego.
With its mature and squared-off styling, the Suzuki Spacia Custom offers grown-ups the chance to enjoy kei motoring