What's the used Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer MPV like?
Witness the Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer. Originally known from its 2014 launch in this second-generation version as the Grand C4 Picasso, it was substantially updated in 2018 along with some revisions to the engine range and the equipment lists and some safety kit, bringing the firm's MPV range into line with its top model, the nine-seat Spacetourer. It combines seven seats with a body that goes way against the MPV norm by being both stylish and pleasant to look at.
The first-generation version Grand C4 Picasso was large and swoopy, and combined exceptional practicality with reasonable driving manners. The second-gen model upped the looks factor and was much nicer to drive. The Spacetourer takes it one step further. It’s extremely practical: it can be a five-seater with a cavernous boot or a seven-seater with a good-sized one. On top of that, all models are well equipped and there was a range of options available when new that could make the job of transporting your family that bit easier.
The engines are strong, too, being punchy and smooth. Spacetourers came with the 1.2 Puretech 130 petrol engine option as well as a 1.5 BlueHDi 130 diesel and a 2.0 BlueHDi 160 diesel.
There are three well-equipped trim options, with even the entry-level Touch offering air-con, electric windows and a 7.0in touchscreen. However, next-step-up Feel offers a huge 12.0in driver display, sat-nav and rear parking sensors. Top-spec Flair is great, too, but it was pricey new, which might translate into unnecessary expense on the used car forecourt.
On the road, it rides and handles well for a car of this size and is reasonably refined. The light steering makes easy work of parking and low-speed manoeuvres. However, it’s also rather numb, so doesn’t inspire confidence on faster roads. The supple suspension deals with big bumps pretty well, however, so you won’t wince every time you encounter a speed bump. Unfortunately, patchy, eroded surfaces unsettle the car a little too easily, especially at low speeds, meaning a trip through town isn’t as comfortable as it might be.
The Grand C4 Spacetourer has long been one of our favourite MPVs and prices on the used car market are now looking particularly attractive, so anyone anxious to add a touch of panache to their family motoring could do a lot worse than checking one out. And it shouldn’t, despite its practicality, cost you a fortune to run.
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