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

* Would we forgo creature comforts in the Fiesta ST? * Civic Tourer’s rear door pockets are great for kids * Grand C4 Picasso isn’t as good with 148bhp diesel...

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

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 and Honda Civic Tourer.

Ford Fiesta ST

Hopping into a few different cars every week can mean you end up taking certain technologies for granted.

Take our Ford Fiesta ST, for example. In ST-2 trim, if forgoes some of the equipment present on our other long-term test cars, such as cruise control and automatic headlights.

I always forget about the latter, and on several occasions I’ve merrily jumped in the car and driven off without flicking on the lights. However, despite this occasional aberration (and fact that these things are always labelled as ‘convenience features’ by manufacturers), I reckon it's easy to live without them, and to save cash in the process.

Like our car, an ST-1 model has neither of these things. However, it's even cheaper at just £17,250, and we’ve found deals that bring the price down to less than £15,500. If I was buying, I’d look to spend as little as possible, and spend the money on fuel and track days.

Nonetheless, for those with a larger budget, the new ST-3 trim will be rather tempting. It adds keyless entry, sat-nav, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers and climate control to our favourite ST-2 trim for an extra £1000. Watch out for our review of the ST-3 model in June.

By Ed Callow

Read all of our updates on life with our Ford Fiesta ST-2.

In the car park

Consumer editor Alex Newby thinks the Honda Civic Tourer’s door pockets are a boon for kids - well, for one of her kids at least.

Deputy content editor Ed Callow explains why you should avoid the 2.0-litre diesel in the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.

Read more about our long-term fleet.