Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer
1.2L Flair PureTech
With its huge interior and bold design, the Spacetourer is a fantastic choice for growing families. It also features modern infotainment technology in the form of Apple CarPlay, plus cutting edge safety kit such as automatic emergency braking.
The seven-seater layout makes it extremely versatile, while the extensive standard equipment includes air-con, parking sensors and cruise control. The Citroen is comfortable and easy to drive, while the powerful engines are efficient.
Citroen has won a number of awards for the Grand C4 Spacetourer, including ‘Best MPV’ from Auto Express and Carbuyer.
With loads of space and large windows, the Spacetourer is light and airy. A large TFT instrument display provides a crystal clear screen. This together with the equally large touchscreen infotainment system are placed high in the centre of the dash so they’re easy to see. There’s lots of standard equipment, with all versions getting Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB radio and sat-nav.
Seating is comfortable throughout and the driver gets a panoramic view of the road thanks to the huge windscreen, which Citroen calls ‘wraparound’. Passengers in the back get lots of room and three individual seats that slide and recline. Boot space is similar to a large estate car when the smaller third-row seats are folded away, with a capacity of 632 litres - enough room for three large suitcases and a pushchair. When all rear seats are down the Citroen has a 2,100 litre capacity, which is about as much as a small van.
The Citroen is very comfortable, benefitting from soft suspension and low noise levels. It’s particularly relaxing on longer trips and the light steering, excellent visibility and standard parking sensors also make it easy to drive around town. Both the petrol and diesel engines are efficient, quiet and responsive, and the less powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine copes well even when the car is fully loaded.
A light and precise six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but there’s also the option of the smooth and effortless eight-speed automatic which will take the strain out of driving in traffic.
Attractive pricing means the Spacetourer tends to cost less to buy than rivals, yet in most cases it comes with more standard equipment. All engines are efficient, but the diesel versions offer the lowest running costs with 58mpg achievable on long trips. Even the petrol models will comfortably exceed 40mpg in everyday use. Every engine offers low CO2 emissions, with road tax costing as little as £30 on diesel models. Citroen has traditionally had low costs for servicing, and insurance premiums are also affordable for this type of car.
The Grand Spacetourer hasn’t been assessed by Euro NCAP, but the similar C4 Picasso was awarded a full five-stars, and Citroen has a great reputation for safety in general. It comes with a host of equipment as standard, including an automatic emergency braking system which will slow the car to avoid a collision and lane departure warning which alerts the driver if the car changes lane without signalling. Top of the range Flair Plus models get adaptive cruise control, which automatically maintains a safe distance from the car in front.
Citroen build quality is easily on par with other mainstream manufacturers so the Grand Spacetourer shouldn’t let you down.
Best for economy - 1.5 BlueHDi 130-EAT8 Feel Plus
Best for family - 1.2 PureTech 130 Feel Plus
Best for fun - 2.0 BlueHDi 160-EAT8 Flair Plus
Standard equipment levels are high, with even the entry-level Touch Plus getting sat-nav, parking sensors and climate control. The Feel Plus adds keyless entry, alloy wheels and half leather seats, while the top of the range Flair Plus benefits from a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlamps and park assist.
All engines are efficient and deliver good performance, but unless you’re planning on doing over 12,000 miles a year, the petrols are best.