Citroen e-Spacetourer review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Citroën e-Spacetourer is priced lower than the rival Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life, but it’s worth noting that the latter is available in a bigger size and with more equipment. Plus, next to the more luxurious but hugely expensive Mercedes EQV, the e-Spacetourer looks like an absolute bargain. If you can do without electric power, there are far cheaper options out there, including diesel-powered versions of the Spacetourer.

You can recharge the e-Spacetourer’s batteries pretty quickly; an 0-80% top-up takes as little as 30 minutes if you use the kind of 100kW charging stations that are slowly becoming more common at UK motorway services. A domestic 7kW wallbox charger will complete a full charge from empty in 7.5 hours.

There are two trim levels available. Entry-level Business models give you air conditioning, cruise control and electric windows, but we'd spend a little more to upgrade to Feel trim for rear temperature controls, rear carpets and a few other niceties that make it feel less like a taxi.

Disappointingly, automatic emergency braking (AEB) is reserved for the options list, but it doesn’t cost too much to add. You’ll also have to pay to get lane-keeping assistance and blindspot monitoring. The regular Spacetourer received a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, although that was under older, less strict guidelines.

The Citroën e-Spacetourer wasn’t covered in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey, but Citroen as a brand finished a mid-table joint 16th place. That’s well ahead of Vauxhall and Mercedes.

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Overview

There’s no doubting that the Citroën e-Spacetourer is one of the most spacious and versatile electric cars out there. Its flexible interior will easily swallow up to nine adults or a couple of people and vast amounts of cargo. It’s best suited to use in cities or on short journeys on account of its short range, though, and it's not very enjoyable to drive.

  • Flexible seating
  • Loads of interior space
  • Rapid charging capability
  • Poor range
  • Interior quality could be better
  • Laggy infotainment system

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