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

Citroëns decision to stop selling the C4 Spacetourer follows the recent announcement that Ford will stop manufacturing its five- and seven-seat B-Max and C-Max minivans in search of greater profitability in Europe.

The MPV segment as a whole has become precarious, with an exponential increase in demand for family SUVs, which accounted for a third of all UK car sales in 2018. Last year, the Toyota Verso was also fired, while Kia dropped the Venga slow sale at the same time.

Mercedes-Benz recently launched a new version of its B-Class minivan, but the models main rival, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, seems unlikely to be replaced directly at the end of its current life cycle.

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