In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

There’s a 1.6-litre diesel engine available with wither 128bhp or 178bhp. We have yet to drive either, but suspect both will offer more low-end pulling power than the petrol option, so they would be better bets for long-haul journeys with cars packed full of passengers and luggage.

That said, the sole petrol choice is impressive enough to recommend as the pick of the range. The peppy 128bhp 1.2-litre unit zips along nicely in town and manages motorway journeys easily, too. The diesels may have more pulling power, but in official 0-62mph sprints, the petrol will just about see off the lower-powered diesel, while the other diesel is only marginally quicker.

Citroen C4 SpaceTourer 2022 rear cornering


The steering is light – that's great for manoeuvring at low speeds, but it’s also rather numb, meaning it doesn’t inspire confidence on faster roads.

While the C4 Spacetourer sways around quite a bit through tight twists and turns, it never lurches around uncontrollably, and there’s a reasonable amount of grip, so you always feel in control of the car. Just don’t hope for an enjoyable drive.

Noise and vibration