Citroen e-SpaceTourer electric minibus: prices, specs and trim levels
Citroen has introduced a new XL version of its electric passenger van, which also qualifies for the government's plug-in car grant and starts from £32,495
Citroen’s e-SpaceTourer electric minibus could already seat up to nine and cover up to 143 miles on a charge; now the French brand has introduced a new, longer version of the zero-emissions MPV, promising more cabin space and practicality.
This new XL model is 5,309mm long, compared to 4,959mm for the pre-existing M version. Both are available in the same two trim levels as before: Business Edition and Flair. Earlier in 2021, Citroen dropped the price of the entry-level model significantly to ensure it would be eligible for the £2,500 government plug-in car grant. The M-length e-SpaceTourer in Business Edition trim starts from £31,995 post-grant – down from over £45,000 before.
The new XL version in Business Edition trim is also eligible for the grant, and therefore starts from £32,495 – only adding £500 to the price tag. In Flair trim, the e-SpaceTourer is priced from £47,495 and £48,335 for the M and XL body lengths respectively. As they both start at over £35,000, neither is eligible for the grant.
The Business Edition can seat up to nine across three rows of three seats, with the second row having ISOFIX child-seat anchor points as standard. There's also air-conditioning, cruise control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a seven-inch touchscreen and driver attention alert. Flair is an eight-seater and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a panoramic glass roof, sat nav, cruise control with a speed limiter, a head-up display and blind-spot monitoring.
The e-SpaceTourer is based on the Citroen e-Dispatch panel van; the pair mirror the e-Traveller minibus and e-Expert van from sister French brand Peugeot, as well as the Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life minibus and Vauxhall Vivaro-e van. The company says the car is especially well suited to the requirements of executive shuttle and taxi companies, as well as sports clubs or other organisations, and larger families.
Citroen e-SpaceTourer range, battery and charging
Like the equivalent Peugeot model, the Citroen e-SpaceTourer has a 50kWh battery, giving a driving range between charges of 143 miles. The battery is located under the floor and so doesn't impinge on passenger or luggage space; it's covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
Charging is possible from a conventional three-pin socket, a home wallbox (7.4kW), a workplace wallbox (11kW) or a public rapid charger (up to 100kW). From the latter, an 80% top-up will take half an hour, rising to nearly five hours from the 11kW wallbox and seven-and-a-half hours from the 7.4kW wallbox.
Charging can be managed remotely using the MyCitroen smartphone app, and Citroen has also partnered with Pod Point in the UK for the supply and installation of home or workplace wallboxes. Citroen customers benefit from an extended five-year warranty on these. In addition, Citroen has partnered with BP to offer customers a free six-month subscription to the Pulse network of public charging stations across the UK.
Electric motor and performance
The e-SpaceTourer's 100kW (134bhp) electric motor gives a top speed of 80mph, while there are three drive modes: Eco (60kW) restricts acceleration and reduces heating and air-conditioning power in order to maximise range, Power (100kW) delivers the motor's full output for the best acceleration, overtaking and hillclimbing capability, while Normal (80kW) strikes a balance between the other two.
There are also two levels of regenerative braking to choose from: Standard aims to provide a similar feeling to lifting off the accelerator in a diesel van, while Enhanced gives a stronger slowing effect when the accelerator is released, allowing the driver to minimise use of the brake pedal.
Interior and practicality
In the UK, the e-SpaceTourer is offered in the 'M' chassis length only. This is 4.95 metres long, with a 3.27-metre wheelbase, 0.8-metre rear overhang and turning circle of 12.4 metres. The five-seater version leaves capacity for 2,381 litres of luggage. Seating can be folded or slid backwards and forwards on rails to free up luggage or passenger space as required.
A total of 74 litres of cabin storage is offered, spread across a mix of open and closed storage areas, including the gloveboxes, cup-holders, door bins and passenger trays. Citroen says there's no loss of interior space compared to the conventional diesel-engined SpaceTourer.
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