Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
All Spacetourers have a price that starts with a three, but you can easily spend a lot more than that if you want a larger high-end model with one of the 2.0 diesel engines.
There’s no doubting that you get an awful lot of motor for your money, but we’d recommend a Feel model with the 148bhp 2.0 diesel unit. This gets you a 7.0in touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring (but no sat-nav), a DAB radio, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. You might want to consider adding a third row.
Flair and Business Lounge trims are too expensive to recommend, although Business trim might be worth considering if you need nine seats. Regarding length, XL can be a little unwieldy, so unless you need the extra luggage space, stick to M.
As for running costs, they might be a little higher than you think, given the relatively small diesel engines. Since the Spacetourer is a heavy thing, CO2 emissions range from 137g/km to 155g/km depending on engine – worth bearing in mind if you’re a business user. Fuel economy will also be worse than the likes of the Ford Galaxy or Seat Alhambra, but on a par with similarly sized, van-based MPVs.
The Spacetourer should be commended for a five-star Euro NCAP rating, with higher scores than the Galaxy in all but the pedestrian protection category. A Mercedes-Benz V-Class is better at protecting adults, though. In addition, you’ll need to pay extra for automatic emergency braking.
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