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New Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport: which is best?
A new Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer is the ideal transport for a family, but could the prestige of a used Land Rover Discovery Sport for similar money be a tempting alternative?...
Thou shall not covet anything of our neighbours, we’re often told. And yet, we’ll be very pleased with ourselves if the people living next door strike up a conversation with us confessing a certain appreciation of our property. Perhaps it’s the tidiness of the garden, the tasteful extension recently added to the house or even the car parked outside said house.
The Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer is a very smart-looking MPV and worthy of admiration. Go for a mid-range Feel version with the very refined and highly economical 1.5-litre diesel engine and you have a great car for getting a family around.
But we’d be a bit remiss if we didn’t include a premium alternative, and a lot of people looking for something versatile would have at least considered a Land Rover Discovery Sport. It seats just as many people as the Spacetourer, because it has two extra foldaway chairs in the rear, but it has more luxury features in high-spec HSE form, plus a more powerful 2.0-litre diesel that comes with four-wheel drive.
But which of these two is the best choice as a people mover? Read on to find out.
Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer 1.5 BlueHDI Feel List Price £28,225 Target Price £22,560 Official fuel economy 58.1mpg (WLTP) CO2 emissions 106g/km Power 128bhp 0-62mph 10.9sec Top speed 123mph
Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 TD4 HSE auto Price new £38,610 Price today £27,000* Official fuel economy 53.3mpg (NEDC) CO2 emissions 139g/km Power 177bhp 0-62mph 9.9sec Top speed 117mph
*Price today is based on a 2018 model with average mileage and a full service history
New Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – interior & equipment
For something that has been designed primarily to accommodate a family, the Spacetourer has a reasonably plush interior with plenty of squidgy plastics. Equipment levels are good, with standard climate control, sat-nav, a massaging front driver’s seat, cruise control and a panoramic windscreen to let more light into the interior.
The major downside is that there aren’t many physical controls, because most have been relegated to the 7.0in infotainment touchscreen. This screen can be awkward to use on the move, even with touch-sensitive shortcuts dotted around the screen, because you still have to take your eyes from the road to make sure you’re hitting the right area. Plus, the menus inside the system are at times confusing and the system itself can be slow to respond to inputs.
The Discovery Sport certainly feels more like a premium product compared with the Spacetourer inside. There are soft-touch plastics in all the right places, well-damped switches and actual dials to control simple things such as the air conditioning. There are even flashes of chrome around the gear selector in this automatic version.
You also get lots of luxury features as standard with an HSE-spec Discovery Sport, including full leather seating (the front ones are heated), an electric tailgate and parking sensors front and rear, along with a rear-view camera, a panoramic glass roof and a high-spec Meridian sound system.
True, the infotainment system doesn’t have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity like the Spacetourer has, limiting its usability. If you find an example with the larger InControl Touch Pro system, there is an app you can use with it, but even that isn’t straightforward to use.
New Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – space & practicality
All passengers in the Discovery Sport get a commanding view out because of the high seating position. The driver of the Discovery Sport will also appreciate the fact that you can see the bonnet from behind the wheel, whereas in the Spacetourer, you can see the leading edge of the very deep dashboard and nothing beyond that. This makes the standard front parking sensors on Feel models an absolute godsend.
Those in the second row won’t have much to complain about in either car, even if they're more than six feet tall. The Discovery Sport has a very slight lump that the middle occupant has to straddle, but nothing major. Overall, the Spacetourer has the edge on practicality here, because it has three equal-sized individual seats with separate Isofix mounting points. Each has a middle row that’ll slide, recline and fold, but the Spacetourer has better access to the third row.
Neither vehicle will be able to take an adult in the third row for much more than a short hop down the road. Land Rover even marketed the Discovery Sport as a 5+2 when new, and it shows. You can slide the middle row forward in both to add some more room for those in the back, but again, this is a compromise that’s only suitable for short journeys.
With all three rows in place, you’d struggle to fit even a wafer-thin mint in the boot of the Discovery. However, drop those chairs into the floor and cargo capacity is virtually identical to the Spacetourer. Fold the second row down and the Spacetourer wins the day with a gargantuan load area of around 2200 litres, which is big enough to have the staff at your local recycling centre wondering if you’re driving a van in disguise.
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