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?...
New Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – driving
Nobody reading this is going to be surprised to find out that neither of these will spark the same delight when you drive down a twisty road as a hot hatch will. They will, instead, be expecting them to provide a cushy ride, good levels of grip and be easy to pilot for the most part.
So it is a tad disappointing to find that the Spacetourer has an unsettled low-speed ride over patchy and eroded surfaces. Even at higher speeds, undulating stretches of B-road cause it to bounce up and down too much, and could even pose a problem for car sick prone children.
On the upside, the steering is light and therefore makes the Spacetourer quite easy to park. We’ve gone for the 128bhp 1.5 BlueHDi since it is a smooth and refined engine that doesn’t suffer from the same inflexibility of the larger 2.0-litre diesel, but has the added torque you’ll need over the 128bhp 1.2 petrol. The six-speed manual can be notchy and imprecise, but it is a damn sight better than the optional automated manual you could have with the 1.5, which is often very jerky.
The Discovery Sport does indeed sport a more powerful 177bhp 2.0-litre diesel and is in fact a second quicker for 0-62mph at 9.9 seconds, but the occasionally lethargic nine-speed automatic and additional heft (it is a four-wheel drive vehicle, after all) means it doesn’t feel much quicker in day to day driving.
However, the Discovery Sport is a bit more settled at motorway speeds than the Spacetourer and when combined with the lofty driving position, feels much more adept at munching away the miles. Shame then that road and wind noise is quite noticeable in the Discovery.
Weirdly, the Discovery Sport has the quicker, sharper steering of the two. So, on balance, it is the Land Rover that is the nicer people mover to drive.
New Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – costs
The list price of a Spacetourer is a fairly robust £28,225, but if you utilise our new car buying service, then you can get this down to £22,560 without having to haggle. The Disco Sport may undercut the list price, but due to its more desirable badge can’t quite match this target price. You’ll need around £27,000 to find a 2018 example with an average mileage.
Reliability also isn’t in the Disco Sports favour, either, because it finished near the bottom of its large SUV class. Also, Land Rover got the wooden spoon overall because the brand finished last out of all 31 manufacturers. Citroën also didn’t do brilliantly, but coming in 22nd place is far better than coming last.
You would, therefore, be wise to take out an extended warranty with your Discovery Sport after the standard three-year manufacturer’s one expires. You can take out a policy annually that’ll cover you up to the current value of your car and has no mileage limit for a one-off payment of either £670, or £820 with roadside assistance. Both of these figures can be divided into 10 monthly payments. Citroën provides a three-year or 60,000 mile warranty with every new model.
On paper, the Citroën should cost you the least in fuel and road tax. It’ll consume fuel at a rate of 58.1mpg and your annual tax bill will be £145. The NEDC figure of the Discovery Sport doesn’t seem too bad at 53.3mpg, but in reality, this will be more like low 40s. Fortunately, the list price when new didn’t breach £40,000, so it’ll cost the same amount in road tax as the Spacetourer.