Entry to Swace ownership starts at around £29,000 - that's for base 'Motion' trim; plusher 'Ultra'-spec costs around £1,800 more. These figures might look a little high at first, but when you take into account the sophisticated full-Hybrid tech and look at the high-level of equipment fitted, they might seem a little bit more palatable. Also, the fact that this is an estate model brings an element of practicality into the mix too. Rivals to the car are a mixed bag, with many not offering this car's full-Hybrid efficiency.
Of course, the biggest competitor to consider will be the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate model this Swace is based upon; one of those in base 'Icon' trim costs around the same as a Swace with top 'Ultra'-spec. Potential customers might also be looking at estate versions of the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Golf, the SEAT Leon or the Skoda Octavia with mild hybrid engines.
Standard Swace equipment has improved as part of this update. The 'Motion' model includes an Emergency Driving Stop system, LED rear lamps, seven airbags, Dual Zone automatic air conditioning, an eight-inch LCD colour information screen, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 'Smart phone link' system for wireless 'Apple CarPlay' and wired 'Android Auto' device connectivity, a rear parking camera, a larger digital instrument cluster with three display modes, a type C USB port and Dynamic Radar Cruise control. The top 'Ultra' grade adds updated Bi-LED projector headlights, Safe Exit Assist, Smart Door locking, Front and Rear Park distance sensors, a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross traffic Alert, interior ambient lighting and a centre console tray with wireless charger.