New C5 Aircross to fill five-seat MPV gap in French manufacturer’s line-up
Felix Page Autocar writer
3 May 2019

Citroën is to end UK sales of its five-seat C4 Spacetourer MPV, citing the enhanced practicality offered by the new C5 Aircross and declining MPV sales.

The Spacetourer, introduced in early 2018 as a renamed and updated version of the Picasso, will remain on sale until UK dealership stocks have run out.

The larger seven-seat Grand Spacetourer will remain on sale for the foreseeable future, with the brand’s MPV line-up now topped by the nine-seat van-based Spacetourer.

A company spokesperson said the new C5 Aircross compact SUV, launched last year as a rival to the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Karoq, offers a level of modularity that renders the five-seat Spacetourer redundant.

Just 1600 five-seat Spacetourers were sold in the UK last year, compared to 5500 nine-seat Grand Spacetourers. Citroen expects to sell 9000 units of the new C5 Aircross this year.  

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The new Aircross has 720 litres of boot space, up 80 litres from the outgoing Spacetourer, but is over £1000 more expensive, starting from £22,305 in entry-level 1.2-litre PureTech guise. The company says, however, that residual values for the new model are stronger, meaning it will be cheaper on a PCP basis than the Spacetourer, despite its higher list price. 

Citroën’s decision to stop selling the C4 Spacetourer follows the recent announcement that Ford will cease production of its B-Max and C-Max five- and seven-seat MPVs in pursuit of increased profitability in Europe. 

The MPV segment as a whole has become precarious, with demand for family SUVs increasing exponentially; they accounted for one-third of all UK car sales in 2018. Last year, the Toyota Verso was also axed, while Kia dropped the slow-selling Venga around the same time. 

Mercedes-Benz recently launched a new version of its B-Class MPV, but that model’s chief rival, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, looks unlikely to be directly replaced at the end of its current life cycle.

This decision affects Citroen's UK line-up only, with the Spacetourer remaining on sale in other markets.

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3 May 2019

Bizarre how a whole class of vehicles can arrive and then disappear after a few years

 

3 May 2019
Mikey C wrote:

Bizarre how a whole class of vehicles can arrive and then disappear after a few years

 

In fairness it will be approx 2022 before they go from Europe and the US. So a lifespan of 38 years.

I hope you are not a few years (by your definition) older than me, as you will be knocking on the door of death!

4 May 2019

Depends on where you start! In terms of the smaller MPVs, the Scenic was the first in 1996 so only 23 years ago.

5 May 2019
Mikey C wrote:

Depends on where you start! In terms of the smaller MPVs, the Scenic was the first in 1996 so only 23 years ago.

I remember Prairie from the early 80's. Can't remember if was still Datsun or Nissan at the time. 

3 May 2019

This highly underrated MPV with its brilliant design will be sorely missed.

Wheelman

3 May 2019

I actually had thought it had already been discontinued.  A bit of a shame as I thought it was good looking for a MPV and, if anything, looked a bit of a crossover between MPVs and SUVs.

No one wants one these days, though.

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

3 May 2019

For moving people MPVs are far superior to fake SUVs and they have lower emissions too, yet the ridiuclous fad of fake SUVs continues.

XXXX just went POP.

3 May 2019

warning siren, that went off if you opened the door before coming to a full stop, or set off with a door not quite closed etc that put people off. Subtle it was not!

3 May 2019

Funny MPVs were way more spacios, much better packaged, better to drive and more economical than SUVs and yet people prefer to drive fake SUVs now and get a worse car for it. 

Hopefully the Scenic can continue on as its a great looking car in 5 or 7 seater bodystyles. 

I actually prefer the outside styling of the first C4 space tourer the one just before this one. 

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