Our cars: VW Golf, Seat Leon, Range Rover and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

  •  We reflect on the fit and finish of the Golf’s cabin
  •  Our Range Rover gets its 16,000-mile service
  •  True MPG team tests the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
Brushed metal in our VW Golf? No, it's plastic, but very convincing and well assembled
Brushed metal in our VW Golf? No, it's plastic, but very convincing and well assembled

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, Range Rover and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross.

Volkswagen Golf

Our Golf's dashboard is dominated by plastics that do a very good job of impersonating brushed metal.

Car makers have been trying to make plastic look like other materials for decades, with varying degrees of success, but you know they've got it cracked when you find yourself rapping the dashboard with your knuckles and touching it with your fingertips to see if you get that ’cold metal’ feel.

The Golf's dashboard is also beautifully assembled, with very tight, consistent ‘shutlines’ and - so far - no rattles, despite the car being driven over some rather nasty speed humps on a daily basis.

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

The Range Rover goes through its 16,000-mile service a little ahead of schedule in preparation for a long road trip through Europe.

Content editor Tom Webster thinks our Seat Leon has too much choice when it comes to different driving modes.

Our Suzuki SX4 S-Cross gets fuel tested by our True MPG team, and deputy art editor Michele Hall looks up what fuel economy she should be aiming for.

Read more about our long-term fleet.

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