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Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer Review

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      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Spacious yet handsome looking MPV

Best bits

  • A family car that can carry seven people with room left over for luggage
  • The 1.5-litre diesel engine is smooth, punchy and cheap to run
  • It doesn’t look as drab as other spacious family cars

Not so great

  • Folding away the seats is a laborious task
  • The dashboard controls are unintuitive 
  • The 2.0-litre diesel is grumbly and gruff

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer is an MPV or Multi-Purpose Vehicle, which is just another way of saying it’s a great family car. It’s one of the best. Perfect if you’re looking for a car that’s got loads of room, doesn’t come with eye-watering running costs and even manages to look relatively stylish."

Citroen C4 Grand Space Tourer Front

That’s saying something because the SpaceTourer can match a boxy van for interior space – it’s one of the largest MPVs you can buy. 


As a result, the Citroen has seven seats – all of which are big enough for adults – and there’s enough boot space left over for a couple of small suitcases. Fold away the third row and you’re left with space for five people and a boot big enough to get lost in. 


That’s not to say the SpaceTourer rules the roost in terms of practicality. Its interior storage isn’t as generous as you get in the Volkswagen Touran and its seats are also more of a pain to fold up and down thanks to their hefty weight and fiddly latches.


There’s not a whole lot wrong with the way the Citroen drives. Okay, so the Volkswagen might just edge things in terms of comfort but for the most part, the SpaceTourer’s suspension soaks up bumps well enough and it’s a relaxed car on the motorway. 


The light steering makes it easy to drive in town but also means it doesn’t feel very precise on faster country roads and the body also rolls like a listing ship in corners. 


Because you’re unlikely to ever want to drive the Citroen quickly anyway, we would avoid the more powerful of the car’s two diesel engines (with 160PS) and head straight for the 130PS 1.5-litre diesel. 


It’ll keep pace with traffic (in town and on faster roads), is grunty enough to handle the SpaceTourer when it’s fully loaded and is also pretty quiet with little of the pronounced clatter you might expect from a diesel. 


Fuel economy is also a big selling point and you can expect the Citroen to return around 50mpg when fitted with this engine. 


The only petrol is the 130ps 1.2-litre PureTech but, because it’s a three-cylinder, it’s not any smoother than the four-cylinder diesels and won’t get near their fuel economy. 


The top-of-the-range Flair Plus trim level gets nice kit such as active cruise control and a glass roof and it’s the Citroen’s most popular trim level. 


That said, Mid-range Feel Plus is more affordable and still gets handy extras such as a reversing camera and keyless entry. They’ll make the Citroen – which is already an excellent family car – that bit easier to live with every day. 


Okay, so it’s not the best-designed MPV you can buy, but it makes up for this with its stylish design and commodious passenger space. If room is what you need, you’ll not find many cars better at the price. 


If you're looking for the previous version, you need our Citroen Grand C4 Picasso (2013-2018) review.

Is the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer right for you?

If you’re looking for a roomy family car then the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer is hard to fault, not only does it have room for seven people but you’ll have space left over for a couple of small suitcases in the boot. 


On the road, it’s comfortable and easy to drive and no models cost the earth to run.


Yet despite being huge inside, comfortable and cheap to run, it’s space-age looks mean this is one sensible car that stands out, making it more desirable than conservative rivals such as Volkswagen's Touran.

What’s the best Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer model/engine to choose?

The SpaceTourer’s 1.5-litre diesel engine is cheap to run and has plenty of oomph to get the Citroen up to speed even when it’s fully loaded. It’s also smoother and quieter than the more expensive 2.0-litre diesel. 


If you mostly drive short distances in town then the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol is worth considering and, as with every model in the range, you can have it with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that gives your clutch footrest in stop-go traffic. It’s an expensive option, though, and also not as smooth as the automatic gearbox fitted to the Volkswagen Touran.


Flair Plus is the C4 SpaceTourer’s most popular trim level and it comes with lots of handy features that make the car easier to live with.


Keyless entry means no more fumbling in your pockets to get the doors open, its huge glass roof makes the cabin feel light and airy and the active cruise control takes the pain out of long motorway hikes. All you do is set your cruising speed and the car will accelerate and brake for you. 


That being said, even entry-level Touch Plus models have rear parking sensors, passive cruise control and climate control, so they’re far ungenerous with their options.

What other cars are similar to the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer?

There are plenty of alternatives worth considering if you’re buying a C4 SpaceTourer and the strongest is the Volkswagen Touran. The Citroen doesn’t look as dull as the Volkswagen and it also has more interior space, but the Volkswagen counters with its sturdy build quality and more intuitive design. 


The Kia Carens is also worth a look. It might not have the interior space of either the Citroen or the Volkswagen but it does come with a seven-year, which is four years longer than the ones offered by its rivals. Want a sporty drive? Then consider the seven-seater Ford S-Max, though it’s pricier and not as spacious as Citroen’s alternative.

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Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Interior

On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

Citroen C4 Grand Space Tourer Back

Prices, versions and specification