Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Grand C4 Spacetourer undercuts equivalent versions of the Ford S-Max and Volkswagen Touran, so if you need to regularly carry seven adults, it makes a lot of sense financially.
You do need to choose your version carefully, though. For example, the 2.0 diesel is rather expensive, so are best avoided, whereas the 1.5 diesel represents good value for money, especially if you manage to haggle a good discount with your dealer – something that you shouldn’t have much trouble getting.
Resale values aren’t very impressive, but the Grand C4 Spacetourer won’t shed its worth as quickly as most big Citroëns. Meanwhile, company car drivers will be quids in, thanks to the 1.5 diesel’s low CO2 emissions.
Equipment, options and extras
Entry-level Touch Edition models come with cruise control, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and alloy wheels, although it’s worth stepping up to at least Feel (the second rung on the ladder) because you’ll also get the 12.0in panoramic central display (see infotainment section), sat-nav and front parking sensors.
Range-topping Flair trim adds a panoramic sunroof and a reversing camera. Families are also likely to find the standard keyless entry, self-parking system and fold-down aircraft style tray tables on the front seatbacks highly desirable.
The options list is bewildering and dominated by packs. The Kids’ Pack is useful (a rear observation mirror and sunblinds) and relatively inexpensive. Another, the Feel Convenience Pack, brings a stack of extras, including radar-guided cruise control and a powered tailgate.
The Grand C4 Spacetourer, under its previous name of Grand C4 Picasso, came bottom of the MPV class in our most recent reliability survey. Meanwhile, Citroën as a brand finished a disappointing 28th out of 32 manufacturers, so that doesn’t bode well, either.
The three-year warranty, impressively, has no mileage limit in years one and two. However, the third year is a so-called dealer warranty where mileage limit is restricted to 60,000 miles, so it’s not as generous as it first appears. That said, it’s typical of most rivals’ covers. Kia’s seven-year warranty is by far the most generous.
Safety and security
Six airbags are fitted as standard on all versions, including curtain airbags for front passengers and those in the middle row. Disappointingly, people in the third row are left unprotected.
The Grand C4 Spacetourer hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the regular five-seat C4 Picasso (now called the C4 Spacetourer) on which it’s based has. It scored lower marks for adult occupant protection than the rival S-Max and Touran. It did outscore the S-Max for keeping small children safe in an accident, although again the Touran proved even better at this.
Range-topping Flair models have a raft of safety assist systems, including one that alerts you if another car lingers in your blindspot. You also get active seatbelts. It’s an excellent package that makes the top-spec Grand C4 Spacetourer a safe family car. These systems are optional on Feel trim but not available at all on the entry-level Touch Edition.
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