Review: Citroen C4 SpaceTourer (2018)
New name for C4 Picasso but with same practical and flexible interior. Available with excellent Puretech petrol engine.
Clunky manual gearbox.
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Citroen C4 SpaceTourer (2018): At A Glance
- New prices start from £22,365
- Contract hire deals from £257.06 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 14–25
- On average it achieves 71% of the official MPG figure
Citroen may have dropped the Picasso name for its C4 MPV range (we're still not completely sure why...) and replaced it with SpaceTourer, but is this more than just a rebranding exercise? Well, it did at least coincide with a mid-life facelift for the C4 Picasso which brought new engines and gearboxes, as well as styling tweaks.
Will everyone still refer to this as a C4 Picasso? More than likely yes, but then the C4 Picasso was a practical and spacious family car when it was launched in 2013 and those strengths remain at its core.
Citroen says its MPVs "benefit from Citroen's know-how in terms of space, practicality and well-being," and that's certainly the case with the C4 SpaceTourer. While it's not the newest design on the market, it still feels fresh inside with a good quality and nicely designed interior which is ageing well.
But it's the space and comfort which it offers which makes the C4 SpaceTourer a more practical alternative to the ubiquitous SUV. And it's full of useful features such as rearview mirror for the back seats (handy for keeping an eye on the kids) and flexible back seats that can fold and flip to create more carrying space.
As you'd expect of a Citroen, it's the comfort which stands out. It's hardly what you'd describe as dynamic, but then what MPV is? And that said, it handles reassuringly well, it's just a car that's at its best when driven in a more relaxed manner. But it's the smooth ride that makes this such a good family car.
As well as the exterior facelift, the C4 SpaceTourer comes with a 2.0 BlueHDi 160PS diesel paired with the latest EAT8 automatic gearbox. There's also a new safety pack on top-spec Flair models that includes a driver attention alert, speed sign recognition and active safety brake.
Of course, there is also that reservation from some buyers about the reliability of Citroen cars. But we've had very few reports of problems with the 2013 C4 Picasso and nothing seriously problematic. The same can't be said for similarly aged cars from manufacturers you'd usually associate with reliability...
The C4 SpaceTourer is comfortable, has loads of room and is easy to drive with lots of glass meaning good all round visibility. And if you're not doing big mileages, the PureTech petrol engines are impressive (albeit not overly ecomomical). It may not be an SUV or crossover, but the C4 SpaceTourer makes a lot of sense for families.
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Citroen C4 SpaceTourer (2018): What's It Like Inside?
The interior of the C4 SpaceTourer is pretty much identical to the Picasso version. No surprise there. But if it ain't broke then don't fix it and as MPVs go, this is one of the best for space and comfort. It feels light and airy thanks to the large glass area and thin pillars while the high up rear seats mean kids will be able to see out on the move, handy to prevent car sickness.
The huge windscreen reaches almost above your head which is a nice design idea but not so useful in reality. You can slide extra visors down if it's too bright and most people end up driving with this as the default, which kind of defeats the object. Still, it's handy if you're parked at the end of an airport runway and really like planes.
The back is well designed with plenty of legroom and good head room too. It feels more spacious that something like a Ford C-MAX and the seats can be slid forward or back. They also tilt which is a nice touch. All four doors open wide which makes getting in and out - or fitting child seats - much easier than in a conventional hatchback.
The boot is large with 537 litres and the seats can be folded flat if you're off to a particular Swedish furniture shop and are buying more than just meatballs and tealights. There's no one handle system for folding them down, which can be annoying, but at least the C4 SpaceTourer comes with a space saver wheel - not always the norm these days.
Citroen people carriers have always delivered lots of useful storage and the C4 SpaceTourer has a huge compartment between the front seats, clever boxes under the floor in the back and trays under the front seats (if you go for a Feel model or above). But the best is the area in the centre dashboard which is like a little media centre with a USB port, an aux-in and a plug socket.
You'll need to go for a Feel model to get the upgraded infotainment system which comes with two screens. It's a decent system once you've got used to it, although does have a few annoyances, like having to go into a particular screen to change the climate control.
Standard equipment from launch:
Touch Edition gets 16-inch Viper alloy wheels, a space saver spare wheel, ESC, electric parking brake, hill start assist, driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags, three Isofix points with top tether, remote central locking, cruise control and speed limiter, panoramic windscreen, automatic lights and wipers, LED daytime running lights, heated and electrically folding door mirrors, dual zone climate control, rear seat air vents, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, front and rear electric windows, engine start button, 12v socket in rear and boot, tilt and height adjustable driver's seat, 7-inch touchscreen interface, DAB, Bluetooth plus MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay.
Feel has 17-inch Mamba alloy wheels, cornering lights, puddle lights in door mirrors, chrome bumper trim, tinted rear windows, aluminium dashboard trim, front parking sensors, 12-inch panoramic HD central display, front seat adjustable armrests, massage function for driver and front passenger, rear seats with individual sliding fore/aft adjustment, storage under driver and front passenger's seat and rear underfloor storage.
Flair comes with slate grey half leather upholstery, 18-inch Python alloy wheels, blind spot monitoring system, driver attention alert, speed limit recognition system, Active Safety Brake, Forward Collision Warning, panoramic sunroof (with dark tinted glass and electric sliding blind), 3D LED rear lights, child observation mirror, foot operated motorised tailgate, keyless entry and start, Park Assist self-parking system, fold-down aircraft style tray tables and integrated retractable rear side window sun blinds.
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What's the Citroen C4 SpaceTourer (2018) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.2 Puretech 110 to 2.0 BlueHDI 160 EAT8
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 39–61 mpg
The C4 SpaceTourer excels at comfort. It's an enjoyably relaxing car to drive or travel in, ironing out uneven roads and gliding along with little fuss. There's a little wind noise at motorway speeds, but overall you feel well insulated from the outside on the move.
What's not so good is the steering. It feels artificial and over-assisted - great for parking but not so good for corners. Not that an MPV is designed for being thrown into bends, but the two don't have to be mutually exclusive. However, the C4 SpaceTourer is an MPV that's happier when it's not rushed.
That said, it does actually handle very tidily, with good grip and decent body control too. We like the visibility with lots of glass, especially at the front quarters, making it easy to see at junctions or when parking in tight spots. Unfortunately the view out the back is not as good, but thankfully rear parking sensors are standard on all models.
Indeed, in town the C4 SpaceTourer is easy to park for an MPV. Despite all the space inside, it's not that much bigger than a standard family hatchback on the outside at less than 4.5 metres long.
The engine range is simple. There's one petrol - the excellent 1.2 PureTech with 130PS - and two diesels. The big seller is the new 1.5 BlueHDi 130PS which also is the most economical while the more expensive version is a 2.0 BlueHDi with 160PS that is only available with the EAT8 automatic.
Originally there was a 1.6 BlueHDi diesel with 120PS (carried over from the C4 Picasso) available with an EAT6 automatic, but this was dropped after a few months in favour of the newer 1.5 BlueHDi.
The petrol and smaller diesel come with six-speed manuals as standard, but there's also the option of the EAT8 automatic, which makes the mid level 1.5 BlueHDi very appealing as an easy-to-drive and economical people carrier.
The new EAT8 is a conventional torque converter automatic, Citroen having thankfully dropped the awful EGC6 semi-automatic transmission. Eight gears may seem excessive but the gearbox works really well in the C4 SpaceTourer, particularly with the BlueHDi engines. It pulls through the gears smoothly and there's none of the hesitation you get with dual clutch gearboxes.
Our choice would be the 1.5 BlueHDi with the EAT8 gearbox. It's not the quietest of engines from the outside, but has more than enough pulling power thanks to 300Nm of torque. It should prove economical too.
|1.2 Puretech 110||55 mpg||11.5 s||115 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 130||54 mpg||10.1 s||115–116 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 130 EAT6||55 mpg||10.1 s||115 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 130 EAT8||55 mpg||-||117 g/km|
|1.5 BlueHDi 130||71 mpg||10.4 s||105 g/km|
|1.5 BlueHDi 130 EAT8||71 mpg||9.8 s||105 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi 100||74 mpg||12.7 s||100 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120||74 mpg||11.3 s||100 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120 EAT6||72 mpg||11.2 s||103 g/km|
|1.6 THP EAT6||49 mpg||9.3 s||134 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDi 150||66 mpg||9.7 s||111 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDi 150 EAT6||64 mpg||10.1 s||115 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDI 160 EAT8||59–60 mpg||8.9 s||124–128 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Citroen C4 SpaceTourer (2018)
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Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.
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