The Citroen C4 Grand SpaceTourer is a spacious and very practical seven-seat MPV with a cool, futuristic design, but it’s not quite as good to drive as many alternatives
The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer is a roomy seven-seat MPV with a massive boot and an eye-catching design that helps it stand out from the likes of the Volkswagen Touran, Kia Carens and Ford S-Max. The current model was launched in 2013 but received a few styling tweaks in 2016 to keep it looking fresh.
Thankfully, Citroen didn’t change too much of the old car’s already futuristic interior. You get plenty of plush plastics dotted around its minimalist cabin and the same neat central speedometer. It certainly feels more special inside than the comparatively bland Touran, but its confusing infotainment system can’t hold a candle to VW’s super-intuitive touchscreen.
Sure, you get sat-nav and smartphone mirroring as standard in all but entry-level Touch models, but the sluggish menus and fiddly on-screen buttons for the climate control make it quite tricky to use on the move.
What the Citroen lacks in easy-to-use infotainment, it claws back in passenger space. There’s room for six-foot-tall adults to sit in all three rows (for short journeys at least) and you can fit a child seat to each of the separate sliding middle seats.
The futuristic-looking Citroen C4 Grand SpaceTourer makes other boxy MPVs look like they belong in an episode of the Flintstones
Sadly, it’s not all good news. Folding the Citroen’s middle and rearmost seats down is much more difficult than in the VW and Kia. Thankfully, once you’ve faffed about with the many tethers and carpeted covers you’ll open up a huge boot that’s streets ahead of the Touran and Carens.
If you plan to regularly fill your Citroen’s seven seats or do plenty of long journeys, you’ll want to pick a 120hp 1.6-litre diesel model – it’s cheaper to buy and more frugal than the bigger 2.0-litre diesel. If short trips around town are more your thing, the 1.2-litre petrol will be right up your street.
Whichever model you pick, you’ll find the Grand SpaceTourer easy to drive. Its huge windows and light steering make it relatively easy to thread through tight city streets – for a bulky MPV, at least – although it isn’t as comfortable as the VW and leans more in tight corners.
It might not come with quite the same amount of high-tech safety kit as the Touran but the more affordable Grand C4 SpaceTourer is still a safe and hugely practical large family car that’ll be just as happy on the school run as it will be helping you move house.