Our cars: Range Rover, Mazda 3, SX4 S-Cross and Seat Leon

The yin and yang of cleaning the Range Rover, washing the Suzuki SX4 delivers inner calm, while the Leon gets dirty

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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 Range Rover, Mazda 3, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and Seat Leon.

Range Rover

After my recent complaints that some of the metal detailing on the inside of the Range Rover wasn't very consumer-friendly when it came to cleaning, it's now time to deliver the flip side to that story.

For all the irritating nooks and recesses that require an extra bit of elbow grease to polish up, the bulk of the Range Rover's interior is both easy to clean and remarkably robust.

The seats, for instance, are carefully stitched and piped so a vacuum cleaner nozzle will get in there to remove biscuit crumbs and crisp flakes, and the boot is so perfectly squared off that you can actually run a standard size vacuum cleaner up along its edges without recourse to the hose attachment.

Meanwhile, the deep carpet is remarkably durable, surviving the combined impact of muddy wellington boots, heavy washing and then being battered by a final vacuum. As Land Rover explores ever more profitable spin-offs, you have to wonder if country-dwelling owners could be persuaded to deck their house in it.

All in, a quick clean to 80% of the car is easy, then. So easy, that even a six-year-old can do it.

By Jim Holder

Read all of our updates on life with our Range Rover TDV6 Vogue SE.

In the car park

Road Test Assistant Michael Vousden has issues as he navigates the Mazda 3's navigation system.

Deputy art editor Michele Hall finds inner peace – in a car wash, inside the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross.

Content Editor Tom Webster takes the Seat Leon to the dump.

Read more about our long-term test fleet.