Citroen e-SpaceTourer: range, performance and dimensions

Want a zero-emission car but need lots of seats? The electric nine-seat e-SpaceTourer people carrier can travel up to 143 miles per charge

Simon Ostler
Jul 9, 2020

New electric cars are everywhere in 2020, but few offer as many seats and as much space as the new Citroen e-SpaceTourer people carrier. This new van-based people carrier is closely related to the Vauxhall Vivaro-e and provides seats for up to nine people and offers zero-emission driving - making it exempt from low-emission zones popping up across the country.

This isn't the only plug-in Citroen available, however, with electric Citroens varying from the minute two-seater Ami to the C5 Aircross Hybrid. What the e-SpaceTourer does offer, however, as its name suggests, is maximum space for passengers and luggage. That makes it a great choice for large families or those running a minicab business.

Despite its substantial size, the e-SpaceTourer offers a claimed range of 143 miles per charge under the latest - and most realistic - fuel economy tests. This is thanks to a battery pack handily positioned underneath the boot floor. The location of the batteries here means that cabin and cargo space remain unchanged compared with the diesel equivalent.

Due to arrive in the UK at the end of 2020, prices for the Citroen e-SpaceTourer have yet to be announced, but with the current diesel SpaceTourer priced from around £33,000, we'd expect the electric version to cost from around £40,000.

Citroen e-SpaceTourer model range

Those interested in the e-SpaceTourer will be able to choose between the family-orientated ‘Feel’ trim and the more basic but still comfortable ‘Business’ model.

Feel versions are available in five, seven and eight-seater configurations, while Business trim can include anything from five to nine seats, depending on the balance of passenger space and luggage room that you need.

There are plenty of options, too, especially if you pick the Feel option. Seats that slide along rails should make increasing boot space or legroom a simple task, and you can fold all the seats flat other than the driver’s to form a cavernous cargo area.

Citroen e-SpaceTourer performance, range and charging times

Both e-SpaceTourer models will feature the same 50kWh battery pack with 136hp from the electric motor, which is enough to power it to a top speed of 80mph. There are three driving modes - Normal, Eco and Power - which offer varying levels of performance, balanced against increased or decreased range.

Normal mode offers a balance of both, delivering 107hp and average battery range, while Eco mode will reduce power output to around 80hp, but give you the best chance of achieving 143 miles - or more - on a charge.

Power mode, meanwhile, will give you the full 136hp, which is likely to prove useful if you’re carrying a full complement of passengers or any particularly heavy cargo, but you are likely to notice a marked reduction in range.

To recharge the e-SpaceTourer can simply be plugged into any ordinary plug at home. Do this, though, and you'll get very slow charging and it's likely that you'll need to keep it plugged in for more than a whole day to get a full charge. Use a 7.4kW domestic wallbox, however and going from 0-100% charge should take seven-and-a-half hours.

Drivers will also be able to make use of faster-charging 11kW wallboxes, which can supply a full charge in four-and-a-half hours. Superfast charging of up to 100kW is also possible. Use one of these powerful public chargers and topping the batteries up from 10-80% is possible in just 30 minutes.

Citroen e-SpaceTourer in-car tech

The e-SpaceTourer will be equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen media system which can be set up to show energy figures based on your driving including expected range and consumption.

There’s also a head-up display - which beams driving information onto the windscreen - and a reversing camera for easier parking, along with a handful of safety tech including Active Safety Brake, Hill Start Assist and Blind-spot Monitoring.

Citroen e-SpaceTourer dimensions

Despite the various seating options available for the e-SpaceTourer, this is a one-size-fits-all affair. Aside from the Business version offering an extra seat at the front, dimensions for both models are exactly the same.

The e-SpaceTourer is 4,950mm long, 1,920mm wide and 1,900mm tall - this makes it about the same size as a large SUV. Boot space is variable depending on how you position the movable seats, but a maximum 2,381 litres is on offer. Again, this is on par with a pretty large SUV, making it a very practical machine.

 

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