Our cars: SX4 S-Cross, Fiesta ST and Civic Tourer

Read the latest updates on the What Car? long-term test fleet. We’re impressed with our S-Cross’s load-lugging abilities, but can’t understand why there’s no five-door Fiesta ST.
There's plenty of room in our Suzuki SX4 S-Cross for a big garden centre haul
There's plenty of room in our Suzuki SX4 S-Cross for a big garden centre haul

Every day, we take a look at a few of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, Ford Fiesta ST and Honda Civic Tourer.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

Stocking up on plants from the garden centre this week, I overfilled my trolley, confident I would squeeze everything in our Suzuki when I came to take them home. I wasn’t disappointed.

Flipping down the back seats can be done with one hand, so juggling various plant pots and tubs of fence paint in the other hand, I could easily maximise the space for all my purchases.

The car was literally stuffed full of plants and shrubs, all of which the S-Cross swallowed in one go. Smaller pots of herbs and seedlings were safe in the boot’s two cubbyholes and there was no danger of any of the bigger shrubs rolling around and squashing them.

Even a very delicate four-foot tall willow tree slid easily down the centre on its side, and I didn’t even have to suffer its leaves tickling my ears as I drove home.

I’m taking the S-Cross on holiday next week to Dorset, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fares with a week’s worth of luggage, scooters, buckets and spades, various teddies and all the usual junk a family of four take on holiday.

Michele Hall
Michele.hall@haymarket.com

Read all of our updates on life with our Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.6 DDiS.

In the car park

Road test editor Will Nightingale uses the Ford Fiesta ST to take a couple of mates to play golf – and comes back wishing that our car had the height-adjustable boot floor.

Consumer editor Alex Newby is told her child seat is unsafe to use with the Honda Civic Tourer - but seat-fitting experts manage to find her one that’s compatible.

Read more about our long-term fleet.

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