Reliability has improved over previous Citroens, while a five-star Euro NCAP rating means the C4 SpaceTourer is very safe

Citroen finished in 20th place overall in the manufacturers’ chart of our Driver Power 2015 satisfaction survey. While that doesn’t sound great, it’s six places up on its 2014 ranking. Owners praised the brand’s brilliant running costs, with poor scores for build quality, performance, road handling and ease of driving letting the side down. 

The C4 SpaceTourer placed 77th in the Driver Power top 200 – badged as the C4 Picasso, obviously, and comfortably in the top half of the individual model chart – with owners ranking it highly for practicality, ride quality, seat comfort and, of course, running costs. 

Euro NCAP awarded the car five stars in its independent crash tests, and all models have six airbags, stability control and a speed limiter. The top-spec trim level adds the likes of adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert and blind-spot monitoring. Lane-departure warning and adaptive headlamps are part of the £300 optional Serenity Pack, while surround-view cameras are £450 more.

Warranty

The Citroen C4 SpaceTourer comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. That’s the same level of cover as you get with direct rivals such as the Ford C-MAX and Volkswagen Touran, but the Renault Scenic and Toyota Verso MPVs offer longer warranties. You get a four-year/100,000-mile package with the Renault and a five-year/unlimited mileage guarantee with the Toyota.

Servicing

Citroen recommends servicing petrol versions of the C4 SpaceTourer every year or 20,000 miles. Diesels also need attention annually, with the 1.6-litre HDi models’ service intervals set at 16,000 miles and the 2.0-litre versions’ at 20,000 miles.

Pre-paid maintenance plans for new Citroens or models up to a year old that have yet to have their first service cost £400 or £11.11 a month. That buys the scheduled services for three years and up to 35,000 miles. For cars over three years old, a basic check-up costs £115 and a full service sets you back £195. Citroen also offers bundle deals with annual MoT tests, so owners can pay £149 for a basic service with an MoT or £229 for a full service and an MoT.