Facelifted Citroen e-SpaceTourer aims to be a rolling lounge on wheels

Citroen’s nine-seater gets a new face, plus battery upgrades for the electric model

  • Revised exterior styling
  • New infotainment screen
  • Improved 217-mile range

Following in the footsteps of the updated Vauxhall Vivaro Life, the Citroen e-SpaceTourer is the latest van-based people carrier to receive a host of upgrades for 2024. Sharing its platform and technology with the MPV from Vauxhall, the e-SpaceTourer will enter the new year with a refreshed exterior look, updated interior technology, and a longer electric range.

What is the Citroen e-SpaceTourer?

The e-SpaceTourer is one of a few remaining MPVs, the segment having dwindled over the past few years as the market swings in favour of SUVs. It is based on a van, meaning it comes with sliding doors and masses of cabin space, although the interior is suitably kitted out so you don’t feel like you’re sitting in an empty baked bean can.

Much like its Vauxhall cousin, it is available in two lengths, ‘M’ at 4.98m and ‘L’ at 5.33m, the latter accommodating up to nine passengers depending on the seating configuration. And there are plenty of seating configurations to choose from – private customers can opt for five, seven or eight seats, while business customers can have a rear-facing second row. The sliding doors can be motorised and controlled from the driver’s seat – ideal for taxi drivers and chauffeurs – and there’s a large sunroof to add to the airy cabin.

What’s new for the facelifted Citroen e-SpaceTourer?

The first change you’ll spot is the revised front end, complete with the French marque’s latest styling language that first debuted on the new e-C3. This incorporates a pair of new headlights with three distinct lightning elements, as well as the new oval logo. Elsewhere around the SpaceTourer, you’ll find new 17-inch alloy wheels and a choice of two additional paint colours – Titanium Grey and Kapari Green.

The biggest changes are reserved for the inside of the e-SpaceTourer, the cabin having received plenty of useful updates. The layout is generally the same as the old model, but the old seven-inch infotainment display has been replaced by a larger 10-inch unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The steering wheel is new, as is the gear selector – now a toggle switch rather than a rotary dial.

Other new features include the optional 10-inch digital driver’s display and the host of safety and assistance features, ranging from a lane-keeping assistant to traffic sign recognition.

What engine options are available for the e-SpaceTourer?

While buyers outside of Europe can purchase the diesel-powered SpaceTourer, we will only be offered the electric e-SpaceTourer. This comes with a 136bhp electric motor, paired with a choice of two batteries. The cheaper option is a 50kWh battery, good for up to 139 miles of range, roughly on par with the outgoing model.

New to the UK market for 2024 is the larger 75kWh battery pack. This gives the e-SpaceTourer a much handier 217 miles of range, although it will come with a heftier price tag over the smaller battery. There’s regenerative braking across both models, used to top up the battery during deceleration, along with 100kW rapid charging capability. Find a compatible public rapid charger, and you can top up the 50kWh battery from 0 to 80% in 38 minutes, or 45 minutes for the bigger battery.

What does this mean for car buyers?

The facelifted Citroen e-SpaceTourer completes the trio of updated electric MPVs from parent brand Stellantis, alongside the Vauxhall Vivaro Life Electric and Peugeot E-Traveller. All share the same seating layouts and electric underpinnings, so the deciding factors for buyers will come down to interior preference and which brand offers the best deal.

If you’re not ready to make the switch to battery power, you could consider the Mercedes V-Class, which starts at a higher price point, and the Ford Tourneo Custom. These are both available with traditional combustion engines and offer seating for up to eight and nine respectively.

Pricing is yet to be revealed, but we expect a marginal increase over the outgoing model’s £37,045 starting price when order books open for the e-SpaceTourer next year. 

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