Our cars: IS300h, Civic Tourer, i10 and Qashqai
* Lexus’s boot isn’t huge, but still impresses * The road noise from the Honda disappoints * Our Hyundai i10’s fuel gauge is pessimistic...
Every day, we take a look at a few of the cars we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Lexus IS, Honda Civic Tourer, Hyundai i10 and Nissan Qashqai.
Saloons are generally regarded as less than practical; those narrow boot openings mean they’re far from ideal for the sort of heavy carrying duties that hatches and estates are great for.
Having said that, I took the IS to the recycling centre the other day, complete with three tyres (it’s a long story) and a bag of garden rubbish, all of which slotted into the boot with ease.
With a 450-litre boot capacity (30 litres less than the BMW 3 Series'), it was actually really easy to throw my chunky rubbish in. You just have to be careful not to catch the plastic covers on the boot-lid hinges, which intrude into the boot opening a bit.
By Vicky Parrott
Read all of our updates on life with our Lexus IS 300h.
In the car park
Consumer editor Alex Newby is impressed by the Honda Civic Tourer’s boot space, but disappointed with road noise on the motorway.
The Hyundai i10’s fuel gauge is far too pessimistic, says deputy consumer editor Matthew Burrow.
Database editor Mark Pearson comes to the Nissan Qashqai’s defence after his significant other calls it ‘noisy’.
Group production editor Euan Doig was annoyed last week, and his mood hasn't improved - someone's taken a chunk out of the Ford Fiesta ST's alloy wheel.