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

  • Picasso’s airy cabin brightens every journey
  • The Fiesta thwarts a suspected break-in attempt
  • We learn how to improve the IS300h’s fuel economy
Words ByEd Callow

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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 IS 300h.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Have I been a bit harsh on the infotainment in the Grand C4 Picasso so far? Perhaps, but since I interact with its features on a daily basis, it’s hard to ignore the irritations – however minor.

One element of the Picasso that I have no complaints about, though, is the cabin ambience. Citroen boasted about having the most glass area of any car in the segment when the car was announced, and that bragging wasn’t without foundation.

The Picasso’s interior really is flooded with light, even if you don’t have the optional full glass roof. One element I'm not so sure about is the 'panoramic' windscreen, which is a standard feature across the range.

With the shutters pulled down, it just looks like a normal windscreen, but grip the sun visors and push them up and you get a full-height screen that sweeps back over your head. However, when it's sunny, doing this tends to expose your face to the sun - so I'm not sure I really see the point.

By John Bradshaw

Read all of our updates on life with our Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.

In the car park

Production editor Euan Doig spots some suspicious marks around the Ford Fiesta ST’s passenger door. Has someone tried to break in?

Deputy content editor Ed Callow learns how to improve the fuel economy in the Lexus IS300h - and succeeds.

Associate editor Alex Newby wonders if the Honda Civic Tourer has DAB digital radio issues after losing Radio 4 reception for 48 hours.

Read more about our long-term fleet.