Our cars: Leon SC, Range Rover, SX4 S-Cross and Golf

  • We finally get to use the Leon SC’s towbar for towing
  • Range Rover owners defend its city driving capabilities
  • Golf’s fuel economy isn’t as impressive as we’d hoped
The Leon SC's towbar was used for actual towing for the first time this week
The Leon SC's towbar was used for actual towing for the first time this week

Every day, we take a look at a few of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Seat Leon SC, Range Rover, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and Volkswagen Golf.

Seat Leon SC

A three-door Seat Leon might not be the obvious choice of car to use during a house move, but Tom Webster's long-term car had something I needed for the job – a towbar.

The Leon's towbar was fitted to hold a bike rack, but is rated to pull a 600kg unbraked trailer. That's around double the load I put on it, which it carried with ease. You wouldn't have known the conventional small trailer was there, sometimes all too literally; it was all but invisible through the Leon's high back window or in the standard door mirrors, apart from when I was cornering.

What I didn't expect from the Leon was that, with its seats folded, it would prove quite so spacious. It held 60 cardboard boxes (unassembled) with room to spare as well as numerous bags and valuables I couldn't pack in a truck.

By Matthew Prior

Read all of our updates on life with our Seat Leon SC 1.4 TSI.

In the car park

Editor Jim Holder puts his thoughts on the Range Rover’s city driving capabilities to the owners’ forum online. Do the buyers agree with him?

Senior sub-editor Rob Keenan struggles to break the 50mpg barrier in our Volkswagen Golf – more powerful diesels in the A3 Saloon and Octavia are doing better.

Deputy art editor Michele Hall finds that topping up the screenwash in the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is child’s play.

Read more about our long-term fleet.

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