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Citroen C5 Aircross Review

Citroen C5 Aircross Review

By Swansway Motor Group 25-02-2020

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The Citroen C5 Aircross is a chilled out car to drive. We have been behind the wheel to find out, so carry on reading to find out more.

What is it? 

The SUV segment is growing at an ever-increasing rate, with every manufacturer wanting their own share of the popularity. Citroen is no different, which is why it has introduced this – the C5 Aircross – as its large SUV option.

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Sitting above the C3 Aircross in the range, it’s got a range of features which focus on comfort and relaxation, which should mean that this Citroen is a chilled-out car to drive. We’ve been behind the wheel to find out. 


What’s new? 

As we’ve already mentioned, this is a car which errs on the comfortable side above all else. It’s why it features clever ‘magic carpet’ suspension which is designed to glide over bumps and road imperfections, as well as newly-designed seat cushions. Elsewhere, cabin space hasn’t been restricted in place of style so there’s a good deal of room inside too – though that’s not to say this is a bad looking car, either.

It also boasts plenty of boot space and a good deal more ground clearance than other Citroen vehicles, which helps it deliver that raised-up driving position which has people flocking to the SUV segment. 


What’s under the bonnet?

This C5 Aircross uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine driving power through a six-speed manual gearbox. It’ll deal with the 0-60mph sprint in 8.2 seconds while returning up to 49.6mpg combined. And though this isn’t a car designed with performance in mind, the Aircross will still hit 134mph flat-out.

Of course, there are a range of powertrain options available with the C5 Aircross. There’s a diesel version, which offers a more efficient option for longer-distance drivers, while a plug-in hybrid variant was released recently as well. That latter engine combination will be very attractive to those who do a lot of around-town driving, where all-electric driving really comes into its own. 


What’s it like to drive? 

The thing which has the greatest impact on the driving experience you get in the C5 Aircross is that suspension. It gives the big Citroen a wonderfully comfortable ride, thanks to its ability to soak up any lumps and bumps in the road. The trade-off is that body control isn’t as well-maintained as in other cars, so around corners the C5 Aircross does have a tendency to lean. It’s a fair trade-off for that impressive ride comfort, however. 

The steering is reasonable enough too, while the engine’s responsiveness is good as well. We’d argue that the diesel or plug-in variants may suit the car’s character a little more, however, as the petrol can feel a touch breathy at times. 


How does it look? 

The C5 Aircross manages to translate Citroen’s design language to a bigger canvas quite successfully. It’s far less brash than other SUVs in the segment, yet has plenty of styling touches which help it to stand out from the crowd. The chrome front grille is hard to miss, as are the contrast roof rails.

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In fact, we’d argue that it’s one of the better-looking SUVs on sale today. In truth, it looks like a beefed-up version of the smaller C3 Aircross, which is probably what Citroen was trying to achieve when penning the design for this larger car. Oh, and it has still retained the ‘airbump’ plastic side mouldings which, however your taste, do help to protect the car from being dinged by trolleys and doors. 


What’s it like inside?

The cabin of the C5 Aircross is large, wide and ergonomically designed. All of the main buttons are in easy reach and, though the touch screen-style controls under the central screen aren’t the most responsive, they do a good enough job. There are plenty of storage areas for odds and ends too, while the two seats up front are extremely comfortable – if lacking in side support, somewhat.

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Hop into the second row and you’re met with plenty of leg- and headroom, making it an ideal option for families. It’s worth pointing out, however, that the panoramic sunroof fitted to some models severely impacts headroom, so it’s worth avoiding if you’re often transporting taller passengers. 

The boot space is also decent enough for several large bags, while its wide, square shape will make loading larger items into it a breeze. 


What’s the spec like? 

Citroen has ensured that the C5 Aircross is brimmed with safety tech, which means that even entry-level cars get active safety braking, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning, among other features. A large infotainment system comes in as standard further up the trim levels, which incorporates satellite navigation and media functions, as well as smartphone integration systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

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Top-spec vehicles benefit from wireless smartphone charging, cruise control and a driver attention alert system – as well as that previously mentioned panoramic sunroof. It’s worth checking the car out in person to make sure that sunroof isn’t going to be an issue, mind you. 


Verdict 

The Citroen C5 Aircross is a great choice if you’re after a comfortable, spacious and competitively-priced SUV. It may not be as dynamic as rival offerings, but it counteracts that by being impressively cossetting over even the most broken of surfaces. 

That new plug-in hybrid will make for a compelling low-emissions option, while diesel version will be ideal for those travelling longer distances. In truth, there are few reasons why the C5 Aircross wouldn’t be the ideal fit for most families. 


Model: Citroen C5 Aircross

Price as tested: £28,325

Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol

Power: 178bhp

Torque (Nm): 250Nm

Max speed (mph): 134

0-60mph: 8.2

MPG: 49.6

Emissions (g/km): 131

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