Citroen SpaceTourer (2016 - present)

The Citroen SpaceTourer has the luggage capacity of a small van - and can be fitted with up to nine seats

Strengths & Weaknesses


Vast amount of interior space
Seats up to nine people
Economical engines


It's big on the outside, so you'll need a large parking space
Noisier than smaller people carriers
Bouncy on rough roads
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With seating for up to nine passengers, the Citroen SpaceTourer is most likely to be bought by taxi drivers. But for large families, or anyone who needs a car that can switch between van-like load space and regular passenger duties, it’s an ideal vehicle for the job.

Like a sales rack of t-shirts, you’ve got three sizes to choose from: the shortest is XS, which is no bigger than the 4.6m Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. There’s medium-size M at 4.95m, while XL is 5.3m in length - longer than a Ford Transit Custom van.

Each can transport up to eight adults in comfort with an optional third row of seats in place (a £1,080 extra), The rear seats can be removed to boost capacity up to a vast 4,554 litres - enough for 113 aeroplane cabin size suitcases.

A Business trim level is available, which is available with nine seats - including a third one next to the driver. As this is aimed at taxi drivers, less equipment comes as standard.

The design of the SpaceTourer makes it obvious that it’s based on a van - the Citroen Dispatch. However, the Dispatch - and SpaceTourer - share mechanical parts with the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, which means that the people carrier is more comfortable than you would expect from a modified van.

It smooths over potholes and remains fairly flat through corners, without too much lean. Don’t expect limousine-like steadiness, though: the SpaceTourer can become unsettled over a series of bumps, leading it to bounce around as if its wheels were mounted on pogo sticks.

Smaller people carriers, like the Citroen C4 Picasso, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer and Renault Scenic are quieter and less bouncy over bumps, but none come close to offering the same amount of interior space. Even the Ford Galaxy - a favourite of minicab drivers for its ability to accommodate seven passengers and luggage - can’t come close to the SpaceTourer XL’s ability to transport eight adults with room to stretch out and space to spare for a few mountain bikes.

Toyota’s new Proace Verso shares mechanical parts with the SpaceTourer and offers a similar level of comfort and space. But the VW Caravelle is the more luxurious - and expensive choice. It has even more space behind its third row of seats too.

Pick the family-focused Feel trim and the SpaceTourer comes with a 7in touchscreen with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, which replicate your phone’s display on the screen. It also has rear parking sensors, air conditioning and cruise control.

Additional options include sat-nav and a built-in reversing camera. You can also choose a hands-free door opening system, which unlocks the car and slides the driver’s-side rear door open when you wiggle your foot underneath the corner of the car and the keyfob is close by.

Last Updated 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 17:15

Key facts 

3 years / 100,000 miles
Boot size: 
Up to 4,554 litres
4600 to 5300mm
From F (£145 per year) to G (£185 per year)


Citroen SpaceTourer Feel XS BlueHDI 95 S&S 6-speed Manual
The smallest model in the line-up is one of the cheapest to buy and tax, as well as being the most fuel-efficient.
Citroen SpaceTourer Feel M Blue HDi 115 S&S 6-speed Manual
Seven adults can sit comfortably in this mid-length model, which remains cheap to tax and run.
Citroen SpaceTourer Feel XL Blue HDi 95 S&S ETG6
The longest SpaceTourer with the least powerful engine means the drive is a bit sluggish.


  • September 2016 The current Citroen SpaceTourer goes on sale

Understanding names 

  • Trim level
  • Length
  • Engine
    BlueHDi 95 S&S
  • Gearbox
  • Trim level
    There are two trim levels in total, with Business being aimed at the professional driver's market and Feel featuring the sort of creature comforts expected by private owners and large families.
  • Length
    The SpaceTourer comes in three different lengths from XS through M to XL.
  • Engine
    All SpaceTourer engines are diesel and badged BlueHDi. The power output is given in horsepower, which can also be written as PS. The letters S&S stand for start and stop. They show that the engine automatically switches off when the car stops - at traffic lights for example - to save fuel. It restarts when you want to move off.
  • Gearbox
    Automatic gearboxes have the name ETG6


BlueHDi 95, BlueHDi 115 and BlueHDi 150

The lowest powered 95hp engine feels a little weak for such a large car and the five-speed manual bolted on to the most basic entry-level vehicles without the stop and start functionality isn't recommended.

The sweet spot in the range lies with the BlueHDi 115 S&S 6-speed manual, which boasts enough power to get the SpaceTourer up to 62mph in 13.4 seconds from a standstill but manages 54.3mpg on the combined cycle, even when specified with the longest wheelbase and space for eight adults.

In fact, it is actually cleaner (by 2g of CO2) and more fuel-efficient than the lower-powered models, despite developing more power. 




0 - 62mph

Top speed

BlueHDi 95 manual






BlueHDi 95 S&S ETG6






BlueHDi 115 S&S 6-speed manual






BlueHDi 150 S&S 6-speed manual







Feel, Business

The Feel trim level, which comes as standard across the range of family friendly SpaceTourers, features plenty of interior and exterior niceties to please those parting with relatively large sums of cash for their new domestic wheels.

Rear parking sensors, remote central locking, refrigerated storage on the dashboard and even a handy child observation mirror, which sits underneath the rear-view mirror and allows the driver to check on those in the back, are all included in the list price.

A hill start assist function is also standard - and makes setting off on an incline much easier - as are automatic headlights and windscreen wipers. There are 12-volt sockets in the front and rear for charging gadgets, while fold down aircraft style tables are fitted to the backs of all seats, which also all feature ISOFIX for safely attaching child seats.

Taking care of navigation and infotainment is a seven-inch touchscreen with DAB radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone pairing, a USB socket, audio jack for basic aux-in and smartphone pairing via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

Outside, there are 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and fog lamps, body-coloured bumpers and electrically heated mirrors.

Rear passengers enter and exit the SpaceTourer via twin sliding doors on each of the flanks but these can be electrically assisted at an additional cost. Better still, access is granted by waggling a foot under the corner of the rear bumper so long as the key is present.

Satellite navigation costs an extra £240 and additional safety features, such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warnings, are also relatively expensive but recommended options.

Reliability and warranty 

Citroën passenger cars have always fared below average in a number of consumer reviews, with its C4 Cactus model climbing to around mid table in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power survey.

That said, the warranty remains a fairly standard three years of cover but it does extend to 100,000 miles. The first two years of the warranty actually offers unlimited mileage but to cover the vehicle in its third year, the vehicle must have travelled less than 100,000 miles since it was first registered.