Our cars: Civic Tourer, Grand C4 Picasso, IS300h and Fiesta ST

  • Civic Tourer’s oddly positioned fuel tank explained
  • We marvel at the Grand C4 Picasso’s vast load space
  • Fiesta ST has a problem following the break-in attempt
Honda's fuel tank is under the driver's seat, so you can hear the diesel sloshing about
Honda's fuel tank is under the driver's seat, so you can hear the diesel sloshing about

Every day, we take a look at a few of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Ford Fiesta ST, Honda Civic Tourer and Lexus IS300h.

Honda Civic Tourer

I'm much happier with the result of my latest refuel of the Honda Civic Tourer – it averaged 48mpg on the last tank.

Mind you, that includes the smooth journey we had from London to Norfolk and back again over Easter, so I'm prepared for the figure to dip when I resume my usual journeys in sticky London traffic.

The more times I fill up the Honda, the more I notice a strange quirk with this car: the fuel tank is located underneath the driver's seat, which means you can hear the fuel sloshing about underneath you as you drive.

Honda says it's positioned here to create as much internal car space as possible - and particularly for the car's so-called ‘Magic Seats’ – the rear seats with bases that flip up, cinema-style, so you can slide especially tall items across the width of the car at its highest point.

I haven't had the need to make use of these yet – and I'm not sure what I'll do with the kids if I do – but I'd love to hear from other Civic Tourer owners who have used them. Send me photo if you can, too.

By Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com

Read all of our updates on life with our Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC.

In the car park

Chief photographer John Bradshaw takes the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso on a tip run - the boot is so vast that he doesn’t need to fold down the middle row of seats.

Road tester Rory White loves the quality details you get in the Lexus IS300h with F Sport trim, but bemoans the styling details that make it tricky to park.

News cars editor Paul Bond reacquaints himself with the Ford Fiesta ST experience, and spots a problem that might have been caused by the recent break-in attempt.

Read more about our long-term fleet.

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