Each day, we take a look at life with some of the cars we are living with on a day-to-day basis. Today we see what the Range Rover, Seat Leon SC, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and the Volkswagen Golf have been up to.
As every nerve-jangled parent of children of a certain age knows, last week was half-term week. Which, in our and many other people's cases, meant cramming in trips to here, there and everywhere while we could.
In the case of the Holder family, that meant heading from the outskirts of London to Lydden Hill in Kent to catch the rallycross racing, before heading to Pembrokeshire on the same day (a trip of 500 or so miles), taking a breather, and then taking in Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and then London.
As tests of a car go, this was pretty thorough. We were four up, loaded to the gills and on the roads (from tight country lanes to open motorway) for hours at a time. That the Range Rover is as nice a place to be under the circumstances is a given, although question marks remain as to whether it is as plush as you'd expect from a car nudging £80,000, especially given the standard set by the Mercedes S-Class.
More positively, fuel economy of just more than 30mpg impressed. This, remember, is a big car, and it travelled far and fast for many of the journeys. Refinement was very good, helping us arrive relaxed wherever we went, and the capacious boot swallowed our luggage within the confines of the cover, meaning our valuables (such as they are) were always out of sight.
A trip to a farm also gave us a chance to try a spot of light off-roading. It won't surprise you to learn that the Range Rover didn't even pause for thought on the rain-lashed grassy slopes – although the watching calves were left slightly perplexed.
By Jim Holder Jim.Holder@haymarket.com
The Seat Leon has been to meet its more powerful sibling, the Leon Cupra.
The Volkswagen Golf's infotainment system has been impressing, but is fiddly.