The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer’s cabin looks just as modern as its space-age exterior but you’ll need a degree in astrophysics to understand its complicated infotainment system
The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer’s slick cabin looks just as stylish as its exterior. There aren’t any dials tucked behind the steering wheel – instead you’ll find them mounted in the middle of a cool two-tone dashboard and there’s a central touchscreen that replaces most of the conventional buttons and switches you’ll find in many other MPVs.
Unfortunately, this screen isn’t as easy to use as good-old-fashioned knobs and dials and its low-resolution display feels more Casio calculator than Apple iPhone. At the bottom the range, equipment levels are a bit spartan, too – entry-level Touch models don’t even come with a DAB digital radio.
Thankfully, Feel models get a larger windscreen that extends into the roof to fill the cabin with as much natural light as possible while top-spec Flair cars add an extra glass sunroof that makes it feel like you’re driving around in a huge motorised goldfish bowl.
Entry-level cars come with cloth seats as standard but Feel and Flair versions get plusher part-leather seats. You can upgrade to softer Nappa leather upholstery but it’ll set you back a whopping £2,150.
The view from the reversing camera is so blurry and distorted that it looks like it was painted on the screen by Picasso himself
Entry-level Grand C4 SpaceTourers come with a fairly basic single-screen infotainment system. Sure, it has a reasonably punchy stereo as standard, but the on-screen controls for the car’s heating and ventilation controls aren’t very responsive. Try to quickly tweak the cabin temperature and you’ll find yourself prodding the screen for much longer than it takes to twist a conventional rotary dial.
Sadly, you’re stuck with these frustrating controls in high-spec Feel and Flair models. Thankfully, you do at least get an upgraded touchscreen with satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and an aux input to play your phone’s music through the stereo.
Rather predictably, the menus and touchscreen buttons for these extra features are every bit as confusing and slow to respond as the heating controls. Just pairing your phone using Bluetooth connection takes an age and your passengers could play a whole alphabet’s worth of I-spy games in the time it takes you to input a postcode into the sat-nav system.
Thankfully, you do get MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring features so you can use your favourite music streaming and navigation apps through the Citroen’s screen instead. These are much easier to use than the car’s built-in systems but still aren’t quite as responsive as those in a VW Touran.
Feel and Flair models also come with a second 12-inch display instead of conventional analogue dials. This sits right in the middle of the dashboard and can also display the view from the reversing camera. It’s bright and clear enough that you can easily read it in direct sunlight but its position can take a bit of getting used to.