Our cars: Renault Captur, Hyundai Santa Fe and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Read the latest on life with our long-term test fleet. We get comfy with the Grand C4 Picasso, get acquainted with the Santa Fe's sat-nav and the Captur approaches its first birthday...
Every day we take a peek into life with a selection of the cars we live with on a daily basis. Today we look at the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Renault Captur.
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Sometimes it’s the little things in a car that make me happy. Sure, a powerful engine and a great gearbox can make a car fun to drive, but if you’re not comfortable behind the wheel, how can you enjoy it?
Adjustment constraints were a major bugbear in my previous BMW 3 Series GT. Unless you get optional electric seats, BMWs get a bizarre height-adjustment lever that forces you to sit up out of the chair to let it rise.
What’s more, the manual seat back angle is altered not by a convenient wheel, but by a lever that lets it spring forward, making you push back against it to get in the right position.
Fortunately, I’ve got so such problems in the Grand C4 PIcasso. A handy pump-style lever can bump the seat higher or let it down while you’re sitting in the chair, while a conventional wheel on the left of the driver makes it a doddle to adjust the backrest to get comfortable.
We like our Citroen’s bright and airy cabin a lot, but the fact that it’s easy to get settled behind the wheel with a wide range of adjustment just makes it even better.
By John Bradshaw
Read all our updates on life with the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.
In the car park
Road tester Rory White and his girfriend are impressed by the simplicity of the Hyundai Santa Fe's sat-nav.
Meanwhile, we are getting ready to wave farewell to the Renault Captur, as it approaches a year since it arrived with us.