Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Super efficiency claims should limit day-to-day running costs, but depreciation is still a touch steep
Citroen has managed to offer a seven-seat MPV that comes with CO2 emissions below the 100g/km figure – 98g/km to be precise. It’s the BlueHDi S&S manual model which also claims a combined fuel economy figure of 74mpg. That means company car tax bills for family-orientated company car drivers will be temptingly low.
The BlueHDi 120’s claimed figures are 68.9 to 72.4mpg and 103 to 105 g/km, depending on transmission and wheel sizes, but it's a better engine and the one we'd choose.
Even the most powerful diesel, the BlueHDi 150, claims an impressive 72.4mpg and 102g/km on 17ins wheels and in manual guise. Pick the same engine with the auto gearbox and 18-inch alloys and the claimed figure drops to 64.2mpg.
On our test of the BlueHDi 150, the 34.6mpg we averaged was some way below the official figure. You could achieve better in gentler driving, no doubt, but the real-world 45-50mpg of the 1.6 makes it a better bet.
Petrol efficiency looks great on paper too, with Citroen claiming up to 56.5mpg (combined) and 115g/km for the PureTech 130 engine, and 48.7mpg and 134g/km for the THP 165 engine. Expect that to drop to around 40mpg in the real world.
Purchase prices are set competitively against MPV rivals, and all models are very well equipped. So you shouldn’t find your budget becoming overstretched by the need to tick option boxes in the showroom.
A Grand C4 SpaceTourer with the three cylinder petrol engine falls into insurance group 14, while the flagship BlueHDi 150 diesel is group 25. The rates mirror performance-matched versions of the Ford S-MAX almost exactly.
In recent memory Citroen has always suffered on the depreciation front, and the latest SpaceTourer line-up is not likely to be the exception to the rule. Pay out £25k+ for a high-spec diesel model, and you could face the prospect of £16,000 of depreciation over three years – a strong argument for getting a deal up front on the list price. However, the SpaceTourer resists depreciation better than its rival, the Renault Grand Scenic.
In this review
- 1VerdictCitroen has come up trumps. The C4 Picasso is a massive step forward and shoots straight to the top of the MPV sector.
- 2Engines, performance and driveBuilt for comfort instead of driving fun, but the chassis and engines both offer reassuring performance
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingSuper efficiency claims should limit day-to-day running costs, but depreciation is still a touch steep
- 4Interior, design and technologyAnything but dull, the C4 SpaceTourer offers the motorised equivalent of luxurious ‘loft living’
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith a super spacious interior and stylish ambience, the SpaceTourer only falls down on a few details
- 6Reliability and SafetyReliability hasn’t been a forte to date, but there’s no question mark over a five-star safety rating