CITROEN

CITROEN GRAND C4 SPACETOURER ESTATE 1.2 PureTech 130 Shine 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2139 g/km

The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer offers sharp styling that does a good job in disguising the fact that, like all seven-seat MPVs, you're basically buying a big box. With economical BlueHDi and PureTech engines, great safety provision and lots of glass, this Gallic MPV feels several notches above the class average, especially since the introduction of a more sophisticated top-spec engine and auto gearbox combination, plus extra safety kit.

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Citroen's Grand C4 Space Tourer proves that owning a large MPV needn't mean forgoing a certain element of style. Jonathan Crouch reports on the improved model.

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The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer offers sharp styling that does a good job in disguising the fact that, like all seven-seat MPVs, you're basically buying a big box. With economical BlueHDi and PureTech engines, great safety provision and lots of glass, this Gallic MPV feels several notches above the class average, especially since the introduction of a more sophisticated top-spec engine and auto gearbox combination, plus extra safety kit.

Background

Buying a seven-seat MPV is usually an exercise in sacrifice. You accept the fact that in return for three seating rows, you'll get something boxy, boring and bland. Or will you? With this Grand C4 SpaceTourer model, Citroen beg to differ on that score. A few years back, the brand ditched the Picasso name that had been synonymous with Citroen People Carriers since the turn of the century and with 7-seat MPVs since the first generation Grand C4 Picasso model was launched in 2006. That car tapped into the major growth area in this segment amongst buyers who really only needed five seats but wanted the occasional versatility of a couple of extra fold-out chairs in the boot. This Grand C4 SpaceTourer makes that arrangement more usable, thanks to generous interior space released without the extra vehicle length buyers in this sector don't want. This comes courtesy of the class-leadingly long wheelbase conferred upon this car by a clever, multi-patented EMP2 platform that's also claimed to sharpen up the handling. It all sounds very promising, particularly as Citroen has recently moved to improve the C4's safety technology and has trimed prices, introduced a fresh trim structure and improved the efficiency of its PureTech petrol engine. In prospect then, what we have here is a very clever People Carrier indeed, with a glassy, futuristic combination of hi-tech style and efficient practicality that ought to set new standards in this segment. Does it? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer offers sharp styling that does a good job in disguising the fact that, like all seven-seat MPVs, you're basically buying a big box. With economical BlueHDi and PureTech engines, great safety provision and lots of glass, this Gallic MPV feels several notches above the class average, especially since the introduction of a more sophisticated top-spec engine and auto gearbox combination, plus extra safety kit. Stick with the diesel and you'll find that the 130hp unit offers reasonable acceleration, the engine note is muted and it shares the same improved body control and sharper steering that's engineered into all of the latest Grand C4 SpaceTourer models. Citroen also claim that the suspension has been tuned to work with a variety of wheel sizes, so you won't be punished with an unduly harsh ride if you opt for a bigger set of alloys. On the move, don't be put off by initial unfamiliarities of design and drive. After all, you probably wouldn't be looking at this Citroen in the first place if you didn't want something just that little bit different from the usual character-free compact people carrying experience. Just enjoy this car for what it is as you float over road imperfections, marvel at the unusually hushed levels of refinement and enjoy the benefits of a commanding driving position that's a huge help at roundabouts or when parking and, with the standard panoramic screen, makes it seem like you're suddenly viewing the world in high definition.

Design and Build

The change of name hasn't come with a change of look, so these Grand C4 SpaceTourer models keep the previous Grand C4 Picasso's three-tiered light signature at the front, which is synonymous with Citroen's contemporary design language. The grille is separated into two parts by the body-coloured bumper and sports a glossy black registration plate mount and a second air intake. Plus there are smart 3D-effect rear lights, classy 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and buyers get the option of a black two-tone roof, with the option of a silver coloured roof bar option. Otherwise, it's much as before, with clever interior packaging that designer Frederic Soubirou is clearly proud of. We like the optional lounge-style front passenger seat that features an extendable foot rest and massage function. On a more practical note, you get up to 793-litres of bootspace when the third row of seats is pushed into the floor, a total that can rise as high as 2,181-litres with the middle row also folded. Those middle row seats can be slid back and forth, reclined or folded flat independently of one another. What's more, the floor is devoid of a raised tunnel, aiding utility still further. The side windows do angle in fairly sharply which can make taller rear seat passengers feel a little pinched - and the rearmost pews are really only suitable for kids. Other than that it's hard to find fault. Materials quality in the cabin is smart, with classy metal finishes and simple yet effective ergonomics, something we have rarely been able to say of previous Citroens.

Market and Model

The Grand C4 SpaceTourer has marched surreptitiously upmarket but perhaps that's no bad thing. The prices are still reasonable, with an entry-level model costing from around £29,000 and the BlueHDi 130 diesel setting you back from just over £30,000. There's a £1,600 premium if you want to specific automatic transmission. You'll be offered two trims: 'Sense' and 'Shine'. All models are well specified, with 17-inch wheels, a 12-inch panoramic HD central display, a 7-inch Touch Drive interface with Bluetooth and DAB radio, rear parking sensors, and Citroen Connect Nav including a 3 year subscription to Connected Navigation Pack services, including Real Time Traffic & Speedcam standard on all versions. Mid-level 'Sense' models go further with a reversing camera, dark tinted side and rear windows, keyless entry and start, Active Safety Brake and Driver Attention Alert. Range topping 'Shine' models enjoy a large glass panoramic sunroof, Xenon headlights, motorised tailgate, active cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.

Cost of Ownership

It's virtually impossible to compete in this sector without some standout economy and emissions figures and the Grand C4 SpaceTourer steps up to the plate in this regard. Recent engine updates have seen a 3g/km of CO2 improvement on PureTech 3-cylinder petrol automatic variants. The developments come in the form of a new battery and the fitment of a new high-efficiency alternator to optimise performance. In addition to the increased efficiency of these selected variants, customers will also benefit from a £285 on the road cost reduction as a result of a lower CO2 output placing the vehicle in a lower VED tax band. For company car drivers, the lower CO2 emissions result in a BIK tax band reduction of 1% on 'Live' and 'Sense' trim levels - as an example, this reduces the monthly tax bill of a 40% tax payer by over £110 in the 2021-22 tax period (when driving a Sense PureTech 130 Stop & Start EAT8 automatic model). Across the range, all the Euro 6.3 (6d) engines are RDE2-compliant. Although some of the power outputs at first look a little underwhelming for such a big vehicle, the diesels develop such torque that you won't need to thrash the engines to make respectable progress. Even the entry-level BlueHDi 130hp unit pulls its weight, emitting just 129g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 70.6mpg. The PureTech 130 petrol unit puts out 140g/km of CO2. The Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating you're looking at for the 2.0-litre diesel is group 29. What else? Well maintenance costs will be aided by the option of an affordable three year servicing plan. Plus there are reasonable insurance groupings rand the usual three year / 60,000 mile warranty.

Summary

Whether this French MPV will appeal depends upon your priorities. There may be some buyers in this segment for whom ultimate driving dynamics dictate the choice of a Ford or a Vauxhall in this segment. I can only imagine these people to be in the minority though. Most in search of a modern People Carrier prioritise practicality, running costs and clever design. If, as here, they can have all of this with class-leading style and technology thrown in, then so much the better. This Grand C4 SpaceTourer offers perfect proof, if you ever doubted it, that an MPV can do more than just provide comfortable, efficient transport. It can be.. Well, what Citroens once were: clever, futuristic, expressively designed. Cars you'd be genuinely proud to own.

  • Rear wiper
  • Windows total closure mode
  • Dark tinted side windows and rear windscreen
  • Front and rear electric windows with anti pinch and one touch operation
  • Panoramic athermal windscreen with sliding interior sun blinds

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with intelligent traction control (auto re-activation 30mph+)
  • Hill start assist function
  • Active safety brake
  • ABS with Electronic brakeforce distribution and Emergency braking assistance
  • Automatic electronic parking brake

  • Front and rear floor mats

  • Active cruise control with speed limiter and braking function
  • Park assist and blind spot monitoring (with LED alert on door mirrors)
  • Speed limit recognition system
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Find my car feature
  • Active lane departure warning system
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Variable assistance power steering
  • Reversing camera
  • Front parking sensor
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rear parking sensors

  • 7" Touch drive interface
  • Citroen connect box emergency assist system
  • Service indicator
  • Audible lights on warning
  • Trip computer
  • 12" Panoramic HD central display
  • Citroen connect nav with speed cam and danger zones alert
  • Mirror screen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto

  • Onyx black electrically heated, folding and reverse dipping door mirrors with LED courtesy light
  • Auto dimming electrochrome rear view mirror

  • Aluminium dashboard trim and air vent surrounds

  • RDS radio with 6 speakers and Aux socket
  • Bluetooth hands free and media streaming with USB socket
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Chrome lower front bumper insert
  • Panoramic glass sunroof with dark tinted glass/electric sunblind
  • Aluminium side profile with integrated roof bars
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour painted door handles
  • Foot operated motorised tailgate
  • Aluminium front sill scuff protectors

  • Automatic lights and windscreen wipers
  • LED front indicators
  • Rear fog lights
  • Front fog lights
  • 3D effect LED rear lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • High level LED brake light
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Double xenon headlights
  • Intelligent beam headlights

  • Air vents for row 2 rear seat passengers
  • Automatic digital dual zone air conditioning

  • 12 volt accessory power socket in central storage compartment
  • Fabric load cover (parcel shelf)
  • Fold-down aircraft style tray tables (integrated into back of front seats)
  • Fixed centre storage box with sliding lid
  • Integrated retractable rear side window sun blinds
  • Rear underfloor storage [row 2]
  • Child observation mirror
  • Cup holders
  • 8 lashing eyes in boot
  • Front door pockets
  • Illuminated and ventilated glove box
  • Storage under driver's seat
  • Additional 12 volt sockets in boot
  • Illuminated central storage compartment (housing USB and 12 volt connection)
  • Height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel with control zones

  • Boot light
  • Front and rear courtesy reading lights
  • Black panel on/off instrument lighting
  • Dimmable interior mood lighting

  • Driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags
  • Unfastened seatbelt visual warning system on all seats + audible warning for driver/front passenger (front passenger presence detection)
  • Front inertia reel seatbelt with pre-tensioners and force limiters
  • Tyre under inflation indicator
  • Five 3 point inertia reel seat belts
  • Mono-tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch

  • Height/tilt adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable front passenger seat
  • Driver and front passenger seats adjustable armrests
  • Three individual full size seats with adjustable recline angle and retractable headrests in row 2
  • Seats with individual sliding fore/after adjustment in row 2
  • Three ISOFIX mounting points with top tether on all row 2 rear seats
  • Two individual seats with retractable headrests in row 3

  • Keyless entry and start
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors

  • 17" Shamal diamond cut alloy wheels

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 139

  • Engine Code: EB2ADTS
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 41.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 37.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 42.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 55.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 47.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 45.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 39.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 48.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 41.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 25E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Shine
  • Coin Description: PureTech 130
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 131
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.8
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: SHAMAL DIAMOND CUT
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): 2117
  • Height: 1638
  • Height (including roof rails): 1644
  • Length: 4602
  • Width: 1826
  • Wheelbase: 2840

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1320
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2110
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 165
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1150
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 680
  • Max. Loading Weight: 790
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2181
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4

  • Vision 360 degree assist: £150

  • Metallic paint: £545
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £520

  • Full nappa leather upholstery with dune beige ambience: £2,000
  • Ondulice cloth/leather upholstery with hype grey ambience: Included

  • Metallic - Alchemy blue: £545
  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £545
  • Metallic - Soft sand: £545
  • Metallic - Ruby red: £545
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £545

  • Solid - Onyx Black: £0

  • Special solid - Polar white: £520

  • Front passengers seat relax function with electric footrest, massage plus extra support headrest: £0
  • Massage and lumbar function for driver and front passenger: £0
  • Front headrests: Included
  • Driver and front passenger seat with lumbar support, massage funtion with extra comfort headrests and flat folding front passenger seat: £150
  • Front passengers seat flat folding: £0

  • Detachable towbar: £450

  • Full nappa leather - Dune beige/black with dune beige ambience: £2,000

  • Ondulice cloth/leather - Black with hype grey ambience: £0

  • Compressor with puncture repair kit: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £100

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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