Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
With a super spacious interior and stylish ambience, the SpaceTourer only falls down on a few details
From a driver’s perspective, it’s easy to get comfortable in the SpaceTourer thanks to a wide range of adjustment – including height – on the driver’s seat, plus rake and reach on the steering wheel. Visibility is exceptional too, thanks to the extensive glass areas.
While the instruments and controls look nice, they are not always located with the sort of Germanic rigour that makes everything intuitive. It’s all easy enough to get used to, though the touchscreen isn’t particularly easy to operate when driving.
As you might expect from a dedicated family hauler, there are plenty of neat practical touches for odds and ends all around the car. Up front you get a deep bin behind the gearlever and a useful cubby in the middle of the dash. It’s not perfect, though – the door pockets are narrow, while Citroen hasn’t moved the fuse box in the switch from left to right-hand drive, so the glovebox is small.
The electric parking brake is fiddly and we found that the auto release only worked intermittently. Plus, some of the seat levers and latches feel a little flimsy and require more effort to operate than would be ideal.
At 4,597mm long the Grand C4 SpaceTourer splits the 4,535mm Kia Carens and the 4,658 Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. Its 1,656mm roof height splits the other two as well, but at 2,117 wide the Citroen is broader than both. The Zafira is 2,099mm and the Kia 1,805mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Although it’s the same length as its predecessor, the Grand C4 SpaceTourer has a stretched wheelbase – so there’s 11cm more space in row two and it’s easier to spread legroom between the back rows.
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The three middle-row seats slide independently, while the outer pair flip up cinema-style before sliding forward, allowing decent access to row three.
While the Citroen has excellent middle-row legroom, tall passengers’ knees will rub against the tray tables.
Importantly for families, all three middle-row chairs are the same width and all have Isofix mounts. Space right at the back is tight but it trumps the smaller Kia Carens with better headroom, while roof-mounted vents, climate buttons, and cup-holders mean third-row passengers don’t feel ignored. To keep all the family gadgets charged up, there are 12V sockets in the front and middle rows, plus the boot.
With all seven seats in place, the Grand C4 SpaceTourer has a small-ish boot of 165 litres volume below the load cover.
However the rear seats fold into the floor easily to reveal a decent boot that’ll swallow 793 litres of luggage when the middle row is slid into its furthest forward setting. Folding the middle row is easy, too, and if you do you’re faced with a cavernous flat load deck with a 2,181 litre volume.
The clam-shell style tailgate opens wide with no load lip, and for really long loads the front passenger seat folds as well. While the range-topping model features a powered tailgate, it’s a £400 option elsewhere in the line-up.
Towing capacity varies from 1,300kgs to 1,700kgs depending on model.
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 CostsSuper 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 space - currently readingWith 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