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Citroën ë-SpaceTourer

(2021 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

63
%
C

Used car score:

64
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

53
%
E

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

74
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

63
%
C

Used car score:

64
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

53
%
E

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

74
%
A

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”.

An updated ë-SpaceTourer is due to reach the UK in early 2024. Crucially, it will offer improved driving range over the current version thanks to an optional bigger battery. There will also be a few tech updates and visual tweaks, but it’s a facelift to the current vehicle rather than an all-new model.

As of January 2024, the Citroën ë-SpaceTourer holds a New Car Expert Rating of C with a score of 63%. It gets top marks for running costs – although this may be deceptive if you are forced to use public charging on a regular basis due to the small battery range – and produces no tailpipe emissions. However, media reviews are not positive, and we don’t currently have reliability or safety data. Check back again soon.

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 £32,045 on-road

Launched: Spring 2021
Last updated: N/A
Next update due: Spring 2024


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Company Car Today

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Driving Electric

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Green Car Guide

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which EV?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, 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


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Citroën ë-SpaceTourer has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the ë-SpaceTourer is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, 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 exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the ë-SpaceTourer, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models136 milesC135 – 148 milesC – C
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models2.7 m/KWhE2.7 – 2.9 m/KWhE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models35C33 – 37C – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£93A
Year 2£285A
Year 3£445A
Year 4£627A
Year 5£877A
Overall£2,327A

The Citroën ë-SpaceTourer is not the cheapest vehicle to own and run, despite being an EV, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Its electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is poor and the battery is not that large, which results in a poor driving range and regular charging stops.

Servicing is about average, but the good news is that servicing costs look to be pretty cheap over the first five years.

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