The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A reliable 7 seater with many family friendly features

Starting price: £26,450

Pros

Lots of space

360° camera

3 ISOFIX points in rear seat

Aircraft style fold away trays

Cons

Rear storage

Intro

Whether you’re a growing family or looking for a larger car with plenty of space, we found the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer MPV to be a great all-rounder.  There are only 2 trims in this model, which makes life easier when deciding on what specs you would like on the car.  You can choose between the Shine or the Sense.  We drove the automatic Shine, the higher trim, with a petrol engine and found it to be an easy drive. You do feel nice and high on the road and whilst the dashboard seems to stretch far out in front of you, visibility is excellent. The gear stick is not where you would expect and is behind the steering wheel, rather like an American car, however it doesn’t take long to adjust to its location.  There is the option to switch to manual drive, where you’ll need to use the gear paddles behind the steering wheel.  However, we can’t imagine these are used very often.

The Grand C4 SpaceTourer also has keyless entry and comes with cruise control for those longer journeys as well as blind spot indicators on the wing mirrors.  There is an SOS button for emergencies too.

Interior

The interior is nothing to get too excited about but is well thought through and with a lovely panoramic sunroof on the Shine, it makes the inside of the car feel light and airy. When sitting in the car, your eye is immediately drawn to the large 12 inch panoramic high-definition central display screen.  Below this is a 7 inch touch screen display where you will find the infotainment system, which is easy to navigate around and manipulate once you learn what the symbols mean. Smartphone integration comes at standard, allowing you to access your phone’s apps.  Sadly, your phone screen won’t appear on the large 12 inch screen on the dashboard, so if you like to use your “maps” app as navigation, it will only appear on the small 7 inch.  Citroen have definitely missed a trick here.  It means the driver has to look downwards to the little screen, as opposed to a glance to the side and the lovely larger screen.

Parking the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer may seem daunting but there is a rear camera as well as front and rear parking sensors, so parking is relatively easy.  The rear camera will also appear on the large panoramic central screen and is incredibly clear. When switching from “drive” to “reverse” the wing mirrors (which automatically retract when locking the car) tilt downwards slightly allowing you to gain a better view of the reversing area.  When switching back to “drive” they automatically tilt back – clever!  However, for an additional £150, you gain Citroen’s Vision 360° Assist – we absolutely love these types of cameras!  It gives you a bird’s eye view of everything surrounding the car and makes parking an absolute doddle – definitely worth the extra pennies.

The dual climate control is simple to use on the 7 inch infotainment system and there are also air vents in the back to keep the little ones warm or cool them down – depending on their mood!  These vents are not central (as in most cars) and are next to the window – so no arguments in the back!  The rear windows are tinted to keep out the sun’s glare, but Citroen have also provided extra integrated, retractable sunshades which are attached to the windows, providing extra shade if the sun decides to make an appearance.

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats in the Grand C4 SpaceTourer are made from leather effect fabric and are wipeable.  The front two seats come with armrests and they are not only easily adjustable, but they also come with the added luxury of an optional massage whilst driving – how lovely!  Anything is worth a try to de-stress when you’ve World War 3 going on in the back!  There is lots of leg room in the front for the driver and passenger and the same can be said for the back.  You’ll easily get 3 adults on the back seat.

There are 3 ISOFIX points on the rear bench and each seat can be adjusted and moved individually, a great additional extra which most other cars don’t offer.  We had no problems fitting 3 large child seats on the back seat or 2 large child seats and a rear facing baby seat.  The doors also open nice and wide, so manoeuvring a baby seat in and out is nice and easy.

Sadly, there are no ISOFIX points on the 3rd row but the seats themselves are a great size and can accommodate 2 child booster seats.  The leg room is somewhat limited, but by moving the back seats forward a little, you will gain plenty of space for children, teenagers and even adults (all be it on shorter journeys for comfort.)

Cups & Cubby

There is adequate storage in the front of the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer.  The glove box is a good size and extra storage is provided in a central console with a retractable cover for security.  This is also where you’ll find 2 cupholders, however aside from being quite low down, they can’t accommodate an average sized water bottle.  They are simply too small and therefore redundant!  You’ll have to settle with putting your water bottle in the door bin – not ideal.   Above these cupholders you’ll find a small storage cupboard which reveals the car’s USB port.  Here is where you can attach your phone to use the smartphone integration whilst hiding it from view – very handy and rare.

We were a little disappointed with storage in the rear.  The door bins are incredibly small and you won’t find any cupholders.  There are net storage pockets on the back of the driver and passenger seats which can accommodate  books/iPads and you’ll also find fold down aircraft style tables.  These are great for keeping the little ones entertained on longer journeys.  They have shallow cup holders so you may find a water bottle suddenly flying off as you go around a corner!

Boot Space

The boot is a good size at 632 litres, similar to that of the Ford S-Max. However, if an enormous boot to fit everything in but the kitchen sink is a priority, you’ll have to opt for the more expensive 7-seaters, such as the Volvo XC90 or Land Rover Discovery. Our stroller looked a little lost when we pushed it towards the back and it certainly left plenty of room for a weekly shop and school bags.  Even our pram allowed for lots of surrounding space.  The boot is also flush, meaning you can slide items in out easily.

With the 3rd row in place, the boot capacity drops to 165 litres. By placing our stroller on its side, we could just about get it in.  It didn’t leave much room for anything else and you’ll have to hope the pushchair doesn’t fall out as you open the boot after a drive.

The parcel shelf is retractable which means you won’t need to remove it if you’ve large bulky items, simply watch it retract and disappear.  There is a boot button for convenience but if a hands free, foot operable powered tailgate (boot) is on your “must-have” list allowing you to swipe your foot under the car whilst you’re hands are loaded with baby, shopping, school bags etc, then you’ll need to opt for the Shine model.

Summary

In summary, we really liked the Citroen C4 Grand SpaceTourer.  It’s a great 7-seater that doesn’t look too much like a people carrier, which comes at an affordable price.  There is plenty of room throughout the car for everyone and everything and ticks many of the boxes on a family essentials list.  We encourage you to take a look!

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Graco Booster Basic (width 40cm) 1 x Maxi-Cosi Pebble (width 43cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4602mm (L) x 1826mm (W) x 1638mm (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

632 Litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

130 cm

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

36.5 – 62.4

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 8.9 – 13.1 secs