First report: December 2015
Second report: January 2016
Third report: February 2016
It’s perhaps a rather long way into our test to be doing this, but I have a confession to make: I have never used the Gran Tourer as a seven-seater - although I know from previous experience that I could squeeze a couple of adults into the rear seats if I had to. So, you may well ask, why didn’t I just go for the Gran’s smaller sibling, the five-seat Active Tourer? Well, the answer is simple: boot space.
Where the Active Tourer has – a perfectly respectable – 468 litres of space in the boot with all five seats in place, the Gran Tourer has almost 100 litres more. Drop all the rear seats into the floor, and the Gran’s advantage expands to more than 300 litres. And, believe me, when you’ve got a two year-old daughter in tow, that’s a very important distinction.
Of course, it’s not our daughter herself who takes up all that room, but all the stuff that she needs; and, of course, the things we have to buy put all that stuff in. Last month, for instance, we decided that we would have to house her growing library of books in something purpose-built, so we invested in a bookcase; and, to stem the tide of toys that is engulfing our living room floor, we also raided the piggy bank for a five-foot wide, three-drawer storage unit.