Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer MPV review
"With modern, stylish looks, the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer shows an MPV doesn’t have to be boring"
- Economical diesel engines
- Plenty of equipment
- High-quality interior
- Rear seats are a bit tight
- Too many buttons on steering wheel
- Not as much fun to drive as a Ford S-MAX
Once named Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer is one of the largest MPVs in the French carmaker’s range (besides the massive van-based Citroen SpaceTourer), and the bigger brother to the Citroen C4 SpaceTourer. Its greater size brings with it a third row of seats, so seven occupants can travel in style.
And it’s the latter that gives the big Citroen its first advantage over rivals such as the Ford S-MAX, Renault Grand Scenic and Kia Carens. With its slim headlights and bullet-train styling, the Grand C4 has distinctive looks that only the classy BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer can match.
The futuristic air continues inside, too – the driver sits behind a 12-inch digital information display instead of a traditional instrument cluster, while a central 12-inch HD touchscreen looks after infotainment duties. The panoramic glass roof of higher trim levels floods the interior with light, adding to the modern feel, and the materials used feel sturdy and upmarket.
Of course, with a family vehicle like the Grand SpaceTourer, stylish design isn’t worth a lot if it gets in the way of practicality. Fortunately, the Citroen has been very well thought through: there’s loads of space in the front two rows, the second of which has ISOFIX fittings on all three seats. The third row is a little tight for adults, but will comfortably take a pair of children.
The BlueHDi diesels are the most popular engine choices and both are powerful and economical. If you cover fewer than 12,000 miles a year, you may prefer the PureTech 130 petrol, which is a little quieter and smoother.
The Grand C4 SpaceTourer was updated in October 2019, so the range now consists of Touch Plus, Feel Plus and Flair Plus models. The entry-level Touch Plus model has alloy wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, front fog lights, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio, rear parking sensors, a 12-inch HD infotainment screen and Citroen Connect Nav.
Upgrading to Feel Plus adds larger alloy wheels, aluminum roof rails, folding door mirrors, front parking sensors, half leather seats, keyless go and a rear parking camera. There is a higher standard level of safety equipment that is worth extra consideration. This includes speed limit recognition technology, driver attention alert and active safety braking.
The range-topping Flair Plus model is more luxurious and has more technology, and accounted for half of sales in 2019. It has Xenon headlights with intelligent beam, active lane departure warning and active cruise control. As well as this, a panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate, folding door mirrors, and blind-spot monitoring are standard on the Flair Plus.
Owner satisfaction with the C4 SpaceTourer varies – the five-seat model finished in a mediocre 47th place out of 100 cars in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, and Citroen didn't perform well as a brand either. However, it is our best rated MPV for owner satisfaction with a score of 90.7% for both comfort and innovative safety features. It's also rated our best large MPV for 2019.
Euro NCAP has only crash-tested the five-seat Citroen C4 SpaceTourer, it says it’s satisfied the Grand C4 SpaceTourer would achieve the same five-star result as its smaller sibling. The range update in 2019 added more standard active safety equipment to the Feel Plus and Flair Plus models.