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Citroën ë-SpaceTourer

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Citroën ë-SpaceTourer

(2021 - present)

    Summary


    The Citroën ë-SpaceTourer is a nine-seater people carrier and one of the largest all-electric packages currently on sale, based on the ë-Dispatch commercial van. At the start of 2022, the ë-SpaceTourer replaced the diesel-powered SpaceTourer in the Citroën line-up.

    Arriving in the UK in early 2021, the ë-SpaceTourer is structurally identical to the Vauxhall Vivaro e-Life and is fitted with a 136hp electric motor and a 50kWh battery – working in tandem to produce an official all-electric range of 143 miles. In order to keep the car’s price low enough to qualify for the UK government’s plug-in car grant, the larger 75kWh battery available in the ë-Dispatch range is not available.

    This has not been a popular decision among reviewers, who frequently comment that the ë-SpaceTourer so-so battery range means that it is only well-equipped for shorter urban commuting, rather than long-distance cruising. By comparison, Mercedes-Benz says that its similarly-sized but more expensive EQV people carrier has an all-electric range of 213 miles.

    While reviewers found their test drives to be quiet and relaxing, many publications state that customers should not expect the ë-SpaceTourer to provide much excitement on the road, Carbuyer concluding that the people carrier “struggles to shrug off its delivery-van origins”.

    Otherwise, Top Gear explains that the ë-SpaceTourer offers the same positives as its combustion-powered counterpart that is no longer in production – “a commanding driving position, flexible seating arrangement and minimalist interior”, as well as the low running costs and tax benefits that an all-electric powertrain brings.

    Although held back by its battery range, Driving Electric believes that the ë-SpaceTourer is a very versatile vehicle that will suit the needs of a select audience – “private-hire drivers that work shorter routes or predictable airport runs”.

    As of June 2022, the Citroën ë-SpaceTourer holds an Expert Rating of 54%, which is markedly lower than the score given to the diesel SpaceTourer that it replaced.

    ë-SpaceTourer highlights

    • Spacious cabin with flexible seating
    • Seating for up to nine
    • Relaxing to drive
    • Rapid charging ability

    ë-SpaceTourer lowlights

    • Comparatively poor battery range
    • Rivals have more interior refinement
    • Heavy rear seats are difficult to remove
    • Limited boot space with all nine seats

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large people carrier
    Engines: electric, battery-powered
    Price: From £47,495 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2021
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    The Citroën ë-SpaceTourer has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. If and when it is put through its paces by Euro NCAP, we will publish the results here.

    The combustion-powered SpaceTourer range was rated five stars in 2015, but the ë-SpaceTourer’s electric motor and battery layout instead of a regular engine and fuel tank mean that the rating for the SpaceTourer does not automatically apply to the ë-SpaceTourer.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    The Citroën ë-SpaceTourer has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Citroën ë-SpaceTourer to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the ë-SpaceTourer, we’ll publish the score here.

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    Citroën ë-SpaceTourerThe Citroën ë-SpaceTourer is a large people carrier that offers plenty of practicality in an all-electric package, but it is not all that exciting to drive.