What should I be paying?
A quick reminder of costs, then – the e-SpaceTourer costs £31,995 in base Business Edition trim, or £47,595 in high-spec Flair trim. Business Edition lease costs have yet to be calculated, but they will be substantially cheaper than the Flair which starts at around £700 per month on a three-year lease agreement with a six-month initial payment.
Both trims come equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, cruise control, air conditioning and a driver attention alert system as standard. But while Business offers the option of one extra seat, Flair features additional luxuries including front seats with heating and massage functions, a head-up display, second row temperature controls and charging ports, plus rear carpets which give it that home-from-home feel. And, you know, add comfort in case you need a break from your extended family and decide on a kip in the car.
There’s also 17-inch alloy wheels, in place of the Business’ 16-inchers, which help prevent the wheels from looking lost underneath the bulk of the body, plus a panoramic glass roof and body-coloured exterior door handles.
Our choice? Given the substantial saving, it’s hard to look further than the Business model. We’d spend the savings instead on optional extras such as the reversing camera – not cheap at £840 extra – but given the e-SpaceTourer’s barge-like size, probably worth it. The package also adds front parking sensors and blind spot monitoring, which is no bad thing. Want in-built satnav? That’ll be an additional £400, please. Stick with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto instead.
Colour options are also limited, with the only free option – rather boringly – white. Anything else – consisting primarily of similarly dull greys, brown and black – will set you back an extra £545.
You’ll pay no tax, while the biggest saving will come to city folk, who will avoid paying congestion charges. That’s £15 a day if living in London, so over a working year… we’ll let you do the maths. Standard warranty, meanwhile, is three years or 60,000 miles, while the battery comes with an eight-year or 100,000 mile warranty.