What's the used Citroën C4 Spacetourer MPV like?
The market for five-seat MPVs may have gone out of fashion in favour of SUVs, but saving money certainly hasn't. So while you could follow the herd and buy the SUV that replaced it, the Citroën C5 Aircross, you could potentially save a fortune by buying a used C4 Spacetourer; a vehicle that seats just as many people and comes stuffed with much of the same gadgets and convenience features that make family life a breeze.
You can pick between a lone 128bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine, or two diesels: a 128bhp 1.5-litre or a 158bhp 2.0-litre. Both the 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel can be had with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic, whereas the larger 2.0-litre diesel can only be found with the auto 'box.
As you might expect for an MPV, the C4 Spacetourer handles in a similar way to the previous C4 Picasso. The steering is light and easy for parking manoeuvres, but is ultimately quite numb and lacks the more engaging feel you get with a Ford C-Max. There's a fair degree of body lean in bends, although it never pitches uncontrollably, and with strong grip levels the C4 Spacetourer feels pretty secure on the road. Where it excels is on the motorway because both wind, road and engine noise are well supressed and the ride (while a touch fidgety at town speeds) is supple enough to despatch with most lumps and bumps in the tarmac.
Parents of younger children that need car seats will appreciate the three individual rear seats in the second row, plus the seats themselves have small flaps that cover the gap between the seat and boot floor to give you a near-flat load area. The boot itself is massive and of a usefully square shape: ideal for today's oversized pushchairs and whatever day-trip paraphernalia you need to take with you. There are also lots of neat storage cubbies throughout the interior to hide smaller items away.
The dashboard itself is covered in plush materials that make the C4 Spacetourer feel classy inside, and the 12in digital dash display in mid-range models and above make it look more modern. What isn't quite so good is the infotainment; it can be slow to respond, the shortcut buttons are't immediately intuitive and the menu layout can be confusing. There is at least plenty of adjustment in the front seats and steering wheel for even the lankiest of drivers to get comfortable, although we would prefer a bit more lower back support.