Citroen SpaceTourer (2016–)

Last updated 18 September 2019

While the Space Tourer majors of value and practicality, it does manage to fall a little flat when it comes to handling. Indeed, the steering is overpowered and the manual gearboxes are anything but slick. However, despite the lacklustre drive, it’s difficult to argue with the fact that the Space Tourer is one of the most efficient large MPVs you can buy.

The four-cylinder diesels are split across 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre unit and all will – on paper at least - exceed 50mpg. The most efficient Space Tourer is the 115PS 1.6, which will hit an advertised 55.4mpg. In comparison, the most frugal Ford Tourneo Custom will provide an official 46.3mpg.

The 1.6 engines are offered with 95PS or 115PS, while the 2.0-litres are available with 150PS or 180PS. The 150PS unit is by far the best with lots torque and low engine clatter. Geared at 32.5mph per 1000rpm in sixth gear, performance is pleasantly ambling and you can allow it to trickle down to 10000rpm without protest.

For those in the front there are plenty of cubbys, cupholders and other places to store things, including a newspaper or clipboard slot on top of the dash. The driver is treated to a nice big digital speed display in the centre of the analogue dial.

Despite its considerable width, the Space Tourer is easy to place, even on single-track roads with passing places. It’s completely undemanding and very pleasant to drive.

 

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