Citroen SpaceTourer Review 2024

Citroen SpaceTourer At A Glance


+Comfortable and family-friendly MPV, lots of interior space for up to eight adults, well equipped as standard.

-Boot space is small when all the seats are in place, not as refined as its German rivals, some engines are rather noisy.

It might not be the most fashionable of family cars, but when it comes to affordable running costs, value for money and eight seater practicality, few MPVs can match the Citroen SpaceTourer.

Like its stablemates, the Toyota Proace Verso and Peugeot Traveller, the Citroen SpaceTourer is a commercial-vehicle-turned-people-carrier, with the traditional panel loadspace replaced with two rows of seats and windows. 

Three versions of the SpaceTourer are available, named XS, M and XL, with the biggest being 5.3-metres long while the ‘compact’ version measures 4.6 metres in length. Five seats are standard, though buyers can specify seven, eight or nine seats.

All versions are well-equipped as standard, with cruise control, parking sensors and a full-size spare wheel. The options include hands-free opening for the motorised sliding doors (operated by waving a leg under the side skirts), and a rear window that opens fully, to avoid having to open the huge, heavy tailgate unnecessarily.  

Boot capacity is 1978 litres in the XS with five seats equipped, or 2932 litres in the XL version. The middle version is 4.95 metres long and with a boot 2381 litres big, though as any middle sibling will testify, this is likely to be the version everybody ignores.

The engines are all BlueHDI diesel units, with 95PS, 115PS, 150PS and 180PS outputs, while claimed economy spans from 48.7mpg to 54.3mpg, which isn't bad considering the SpaceTourer's size. Indeed, the Citroen is one of the most-efficient large MPVs you can buy, with its official economy beating the Ford Transit Custom by as much as 10mpg. CO2 emissions are also relatively low, peaking at 155g/km for the largest and most powerful versions.

However, while the economy outshines its rivals, the big Citroen seldom feels as sharp or as good to drive as the Ford, with notable levels vagueness in the steering and pedals. That said, the SpaceTourer is nimble enough at low speeds and refinement is generally good, while its 1.9 metre height make it an easy fit into multi storey car parks.  

With masses of space and car-like fuel costs, the SpaceTourer has lots to offer family and business buyers, with its five star NCAP rating and high levels of standard equipment making it an appealing choice. Admittedly, its boxy styling won't win over any S-MAX buyers anytime soon, but if you need a large and efficient MPV then the SpaceTourer should certainly be one to consider.

Ask Honest John

What cars would fit my mobility scooter without removing passenger space?

"I'm disabled with MS and I'm trying to find a car that would fit my Quingo Flyte mobility scooter docking station with ramp, which is proving to be quite a challenge. I currently have a Toyota Auris Touring Sports hybrid which I find to be great but was disappointed that, even with it's greater length, it only fits in if the back passenger seats are dropped. This effectively only seats one passenger, but need space for my wife and two children. In contacting Quingo they that say in their experience only something like the Peugeot Tepee or Kia Sorento can take the scooter leaving at least one rear passenger seat available. I would preferably want the ability to carry the whole family i.e. four people, including the driver. The specs for the docking station are 30.3-inches wide and 53.2-inches long - Toyota don't seem to offer any car alternatives according to the dealer I bought my car from. Do you have any ideas or am I pushed to considering a van?"
For the last year and a half I have been including load area dimensions in my road tests at While the width is unlikely to prove a problem, a length of 53.2 inches (1,351.28mm) is. Even the longest load deck, in the Skoda Superb estate at 1150mm with the back seats up, cannot accommodate that. Even a Ford Grand Tourneo Connect only gives you 1264mm. However, what would work is a Citroen Space Tourer that offers a load length behind the centre seats of 1450mm:
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What big but efficient car with a large boot would you recommend?

"We are looking for a large car with a large boot. We could compromise by getting a 7-seater if it had a large enough boot to fit a medium dog cage, 2 prams and luggage/shopping but could really do with 8 or 9 seats. So far we've seen only 9-seaters with a big enough boot but need something as efficient as possible for small city journeys. We also need as low an insurance bracket as possible. "
Conflicting requirements but if you want a 9 seater, then the best available currently is the Citroen Space Tourer, Peugeot Traveller and Toyota Proace. See: The biggest, most efficient estate car for the least money is the Skoda Superb:
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Is there a seven-seater better than the SEAT Alhambra for towing a trailer?

"We have four children aged 17-22, all tall, and a budget of about £30,000. We want a car for travelling long distances with six of us plus luggage (some in a top box and some in the trailer). Is there anything better than the Seat Alhambra? We're after practicality and comfort and don't need off-road capability."
The SEAT Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan are slightly bigger than the Ford Galaxy. However, rather than a top box and trailer, you could consider a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life, or, much better still, the excellent new Citroen Space Tourer, Peugeot Traveller or equivalent Toyota HiAce:
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