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

The latest round of updates on life with our cars sees the Range Rover attack its owner (sort of), the Suzuki get a clean and the Leon proving it can be economical after all...

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

Every day we turn the focus on a selection of cars on our long-term fleet. Today we are looking at the Range Rover, the Seat Leon and the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross.

Range Rover

According to latest research, European men are getting taller. The last available statistics (oddly) are from the 1970s, when the average 21-year-old man was 177cm tall – a rise of 11cm over 100 years.

Has this trend continued? Research doesn’t say, but perhaps so judging by the blood pouring from my head after I walked in to the corner of the Range Rover’s open tailgate.

Its square edge is 188.5cm from ground level. High enough for most, no doubt, but I’m 190cm tall. I’ll blame evolution, although others may simply argue I’ve eaten too well.

Slightly shorter people may want to take care when standing on a kerb next to their car, too. While Range Rover will point to the fact that their boot height is plenty high enough for the vast majority, a kerb can often put you 15cm closer to the offending edge.

Either way, it was a messy experience that I hope (and strongly suspect) was sufficiently painful for me to avoid repeating.

Jim Holder

Read all our updates on life with our Range Rover.

Elsewhere in the car park

Content editor Tom Webster has been trying to redress the fuel economy balance on his Seat Leon SC after some recent evaluation by the road testers.

The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross has been praised for its ease of cleaning.