Citroen SpaceTourer (2016–)

Last updated 26 July 2018

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.
Updated 26 July 2018
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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.

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