The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
There are no major issues with the driving position, and there’s plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment to help you get comfortable. That said, the front seats could do with a bit of extra lower-back support. All versions receive an adjustable armrest (there’s another for the front passenger seat).
Some of the C4 Spacetourer’s switchgear is tricky to get the hang of, because many functions are controlled through the dashboard-mounted 7.0in touchscreen – even adjusting the temperature means switching to a specific air-con menu and jabbing at the display with your finger. That’s not something that’s easy to do while you’re driving.
The dashboard is very long and has quite a cluttered design around the infotainment system.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The C4 Spacetourer has just about the best visibility of any MPV. The windscreen stretches up and over the driver’s and passenger’s heads, the split front pillars don’t obscure your forward view too badly and there’s a broad expanse of glass all round.
All models get rear parking sensors, just to make reversing that bit easier, while Feel and Flair trims add front parking sensors. In addition, if you step up to range-topping Flair, you’ll get a reversing camera.
Sat nav and infotainment
The C4 Spacetourer’s standard 7.0in, dash-mounted touchscreen features smart graphics and large, easy-to-hit icons. There are also touch-sensitive panels around the edges of the screen that you can press to hop between functions. The trouble is that the buttons aren’t clearly labelled, so you have to study them carefully to make sure you’re pressing the right one.
The menu system on the touchscreen itself is also confusing and there’s often a long pause between pressing the display and the system responding. You can use the steering wheel controls to perform certain functions, but the sheer number of buttons and knobs adds yet another layer of confusion.
Bluetooth and an Aux socket are standard, as are the 12V sockets liberally strewn around the interior and the boot for those into power-hungry electronic games.
A digital radio is standard from entry-level Touch Edition, but if you go for Feel or Flair you’ll also receive an impressive 12.0in, full-colour, panoramic high-definition central display with Citroën’s impressive Connect Nav.
The C4 Spacetourer has a smart-looking interior with an appealing blend of materials and textures. The dashboard is dense and soft to the touch, while most of the buttons and knobs operate with a positive and well-damped action.
True, there’s the odd flimsy-feeling switch, but you’ll have to search hard to find any sharp edges or cheap-feeling plastics – even in the rear.