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Citroën Spacetourer review

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Citroën Spacetourer
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6 Mar 2018 16:11 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:28

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What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

There are four engine options for the Spacetourer. Kicking off the range is a 1.6-litre diesel with 94bhp that’s attached to a six-speed automated manual gearbox. While a cheap option, it’s likely to struggle with a few people on board. The next engine up – another 1.6 diesel but with 113bhp and a manual gearbox – is better but only if you don’t mind leisurely acceleration.

We’d recommend spending a little more to get the 148bhp 2.0 diesel with a manual ’box. It gives more low-end power, meaning it doesn’t need working as hard to get up to speed. Performance will only ever be adequate, but the Spacetourer isn’t the kind of thing you’d want to hustle along a country road anyway.

The final option is a 2.0 diesel with 178bhp and a standard automatic gearbox. It certainly makes motorway work easier, thanks to the additional power, and the automatic gearbox is smooth when changing gear in automatic mode. The trouble is that it’s only available in the top Feel trim level or XL versions of Business and Business Lounge, making it a very expensive choice. Refinement is good in both 2.0 diesels, with little vibration and hushed manners when you’re at a cruise.

If you’re ambling along, the Spacetourer is a comfortable companion for the most part. Smooth but undulating roads are soaked up with a gentle waft that suits the relaxed nature of the driving experience. This calm is shattered when you run over broken road surfaces or expansion joints, though, with the Spacetourer bobbling around noticeably.

Get to a corner and there’s no mistaking that the Spacetourer is a van underneath. The steering is quite slow and there’s an awful lot of body roll if you corner with even moderate enthusiasm. Grip levels are lower than in a regular MPV, with the front end always gently washing wide if you’re going too quickly.

Although there isn’t a four-wheel drive option, you can get something called Grip Control. This is a switchable traction control system with different modes for snow, mud, sand and other surfaces. You also get all-season mud and snow tyres thrown in, making for a surprisingly effective winter wagon.

 

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There are 5 trims available for the Space Tourer MPV. Click to see details.See all versions
Business
This trim is aimed at business users such as private hire companies. It therefore has the option of more seats and it comes with slightly less standard equipment than Feel trim. It has the option o...View trim
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Feel
Aimed at private buyers, you get a 7.0in touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a DAB radio, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. It makes the most...View trim
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Rip Curl
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Business Lounge
This plush trim is aimed at chauffer companies, so comes with individual rear chairs with a central armrest. It also has virtually every bell and whistle thrown at it, making it an expensive choice...View trim
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Flair
With luxuries such as leather seats that are heated and with a massage function up front, 17in alloy wheels, park assist, keyless entry and start, electric sliding rear doors and sat-nav, Flair mig...View trim
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