Citroen C4 SpaceTourer review
The Citroen C4 SpaceTourer is a five-seater MPV that has stylish looks and a comfortable ride. Its rivals are the Ford C-Max, Renault Scenic and VW Golf SV – a more practical version of the standard Golf.
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The Citroen C4 SpaceTourer is a good MPV with a great interior – the dashboard looks and feels upmarket, while the large windows give the cabin an airy and spacious feel. The three seats in the back easily sit adults and have a wide range of adjustability. The boot, meanwhile, is one of the biggest in class.
If you’re not familiar with the SpaceTourer name, it used to be called the Citroen C4 Picasso.
Comfort is a very sought-after characteristic when choosing an MPV and the Citroen C4 SpaceTourer has the most cosseting ride in its class. It’s also quiet at motorway speeds, but tends to roll a bit in corners.
There is a broad choice of engines for the Citroen C4 SpaceTourer – all are modern and refined and, in the case of the diesels, very cheap to run. The 115hp diesel is recommended by experts for it’s impressive fuel economy, while if you plan to only travel short urban trips, then the 130hp petrol makes more sense.
Equipment levels are generous with entry-level cars getting air-conditioning, all-round electric windows, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a panoramic windscreen as standard.
The C4 SpaceTourer is a stylish MPV with a slightly unintuitive interior
The new Citroen C4 SpaceTourer marks a big improvement over its predecessor. Not only is it a striking looker both inside and out, but Citroen has made further strides in quality.
The low weight helps improve fuel economy (along with a range of frugal engines) and importantly, it’s comfortable and spacious. If you don’t need more than that – and relish a bit of French style – it’s possibly the car for you.
The Citroen C4 SpaceTourer is relaxed and comfortable to drive meaning it’s perfectly suited to
Despite being fairly modern, the petrol engines simply make little sense in a large car such as the C4 Picasso
If you’re buying a Citroen C4 SpaceTourer, low running costs are bound to be a priority, which makes one of the diesel models an obvious choice. You can also pick between auto and manual gearboxes with six speeds, though the former’s slow responses make it feel outdated compared to the quick-shifting twin-clutch auto available in a Volkswagen Touran.
The 1.6-litre 100hp BlueHDi is the least-powerful engine, but with fuel economy of more than 74mpg, few will complain about this.
Going for the 120hp version buys you a useful step in performance, but gets the basic model’s fuel economy.
Even the 2.0-litre model can return 70mpg and with 150hp on tap, plus a healthy slug of pulling power, it is the Citroen C4 SpaceTourer to choose if you plan to tow a caravan or trailer.
The basic three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol sips fuel at 56mpg, but it feels a little slow on the road – that will be particularly true if it’s loaded down with people and their kit.
That leaves the 160hp 1.6-litre petrol. It gets from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds, but in the real world it’ll be little quicker than the top-of-the-range diesel. Most people won’t see the point when it has the highest fuel consumption in the range (48mpg).
Citroen has shed 140kgs from the old model thanks to a more modern construction. That benefits economy and helps you get more from some of the smaller engines, but it hasn’t turned the SpaceTourer into a real driver’s car – several other MPVs – the Ford C-Max in particular – are more involving to drive. There are a few misgivings about the controls – the gearbox is slick, but the clutch feels odd. There’s little steering feel either and plenty of body roll to contend with.
More important to most buyers is the fact that all models ride well and your comfort is aided further by soft seats and a cabin that is very quiet at motorway speeds.
This is where MPVs have to excel and few criticisms are levelled at the Citroen C4 SpaceTourer.