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

The latest updates on the What Car? long-term test fleet. We try to improve the Golf’s fuel economy, the Leon SC’s touch-screen divides opinion, and Bluetooth connectivity in our Suzuki frustrates.
We've pumped up our VW Golf's tyres in an attempt to improve average fuel economy
We've pumped up our VW Golf's tyres in an attempt to improve average fuel economy

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

Volkswagen Golf

I’ve been playing with the Golf’s tyre pressures this week, in an attempt to get the car’s average fuel economy beyond 50mpg.

I’ve had a fair bit of experience of fiddling around with tyre pressures; a few years ago I changed a Mk1 Seat Leon’s wheels for a larger aftermarket set, only to discover that fuel economy was suffering.

I tweaked the pressures most weekends, and found that pumping the tyres up to the recommended maximum doesn’t always give the best results. So I gradually let the air out until I got a more satisfying economy figure.

The ‘official’ tyre pressures for normal loads in the Golf are 32psi all round. For a full load of passengers and luggage it’s 35psi for the fronts and a considerably higher 41psi at the rear. So, as with the Leon, I’ve initially pumped the tyres up to the max; I expected the ride to be slightly firmer than before – and indeed it is a little more nobbly in town – but it's still supremely cosseting.

I'll see how the car performs over the next 1000 miles or so and report back. Or rather colleague Euan Doig will – he's borrowed the Golf this week for a trip to Dundee.

By Rob Keenan
Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com

Read all of our updates on life with our Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI.

In the car park

Content editor Tom Webster is undecided about the Seat Leon SC’s touch-screen. The proximity sensor that makes extra buttons pop up on screen is sometimes useful, but often frustrating.

Deputy art editor Michele Hall loves lots about the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, but finds its Bluetooth connection process too complicated.

Read more about our long-term fleet.

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