What is it like on the inside?
Inside, you’d be hard pressed to distinguish between the e-SpaceTourer and its diesel-engined counterpart. Visually, there’s just a drive-mode selector switch in place of the gearlever, a small information panel showing need-to-know electric data – think battery charge, consumption gauge, charging status etc – and a power meter instead of a rev counter to show how efficiently you’re driving. Small details.
Otherwise, it’s plain as they come. The steering wheel is button free, though there are audio and cruise control stalks. There’s a 7.0-inch touchscreen, with shortcut buttons positioned either side, which works well enough, while all models feature DAB radio plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Positioned beneath that are the climate controls – physical buttons, no less. But that’s about it.
Space? While the diesel-engined SpaceTourer comes in M and XL body styles, the electric variant is only available in the former, with the seats – in Flair Trim, as ours was – arranged in a 2/3/3 layout. However, with a length of 4.95m, width of 1.92m, and height of 1.90m, it’s plenty spacious. Both rear rows also slide – with one seat independent of the other two – to maximise legroom.
Remove the third row of seats and there’s an impressively sized boot volume of up to 2,381-litres, while the second row can also be removed for a maximum loadspace of up to 3,968-litres. Careful with the tailgate, however, which, due to its size, is exceptionally awkward to open and close. Parking too close to another car will also render the boot inaccessible, too, due to its extensive reach. Not good after you’ve just done the weekly grocery shop.
Storage isn’t in short supply, either, with up to 74 litres of compartments dotted around the cabin. In the front, in addition to the usual glovebox, there's a smaller compartment positioned on top of the dashboard, plus two cubbyholes for your phone, wallet and the like. There's also 12 V and USB sockets, while cup holders are positioned on either side of the dashboard and there are two large front door bins that can hold 1.5-litre bottles. Passengers in the second row benefit from airplane-style aircon controls and vents in the ceiling, fold down trays, sun blinds and 12 V sockets, while there are additional cup holders for those in the third row.