Our Citroen C5 Aircross Review

By Libby Foster
Our Citroen C5 Aircross Review
The Citroen C5 Aircross is the standard model of Citroen. The brochure blurb refers to it as the "Comfort class SUV," and it undoubtedly boasts the renownedly plush ride of the French manufacturer. Furthermore, a firm that perhaps knows more than any other automaker about avant-garde design could only actually be the source of those peculiar appearances.

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Citroen also contributed DNA to the C5 Aircross bloodline. It shares mechanical components and engines with the Peugeot 5008, one of our favourite large SUVs, under the skin. These include plug-in hybrids and standard petrol and diesel engines (PHEV). The large SUV segment spans a wide range of vehicles, from high-end models like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 to seven-seaters like the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe. But how does the Citroen C5 Aircross compare? 

Citroen C5 Aircross Drive

The 129bhp 1.2 Puretech 130 is a good option if you want to keep costs down because it pulls better at low revs than the Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv and easily gets you up to motorway speeds. Even while it takes a little longer than the Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI 150 to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph, you still have more than enough power for daily driving with your family.

The 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel is the better option if you need more power or wish to pull a caravan. That's because, although having a similar power output, it doesn't accelerate more quickly away from traffic lights while having even more low- to mid-rev oomph than the 1.2 Puretech 130.

The plug-in hybrid is our favourite vehicle in the lineup. It combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 13.2kWh battery pack and an electric motor to produce 222bhp, making it the smoothest and most potent engine available. This variant doesn't experience any hesitation as you pull off as the standard petrol does because of the hybrid technology. Additionally, it boasts a 34-mile official all-electric range, which lowers pollutants and perhaps even fuel costs.

Citroen C5 Aircross Interior 

Most people probably adore the driving position in the Citroen C5 Aircross. The armrests—one on each door and a big one in the middle—are wide and thoughtfully positioned, and the pedals, steering wheel, and seat all line up straight so you're not sitting crooked when driving.

The driver's seat is fantastic to sit on for a lengthy motorway trip even though it doesn't have much bolstering to keep you in place around turns. It is supportive in all the right places while remaining soft like a favourite armchair, and every trim has adjustable height and lumbar support adjustments. There are numerous height and reach adjustments for the steering wheel as well.

Standard equipment includes customisable digital instruments, and most controls—except climate controls—are simple to operate. Why? The C5 Aircross, similarly to the Peugeot 5008, lacks conventional controls for temperature control and instead forces you to use the infotainment touchscreen. On the move, that is much more distracting than physical controls.

The C5 Aircross rewards you with infotainment, regardless of the trim level you choose. This is because each one of them contains a 10" touchscreen entertainment system with built-in sat nav, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone mirroring (with a three-year subscription to live traffic and speed camera services).

Citroen C5 Aircross Space 

The C5 Aircross has plenty of front leg room; it's better than the CX-5, for instance. If you stay away from the panoramic sunroof, there is enough headroom (optional with Shine trim and standard on C-Series Edition). Even though it won't be quite as much as in the CX-5, six-footers will still have plenty of room above their heads.

Again you will need to avoid the panoramic sunroof on the C5 Aircross if you frequently transport adults in the backseat. You see, while it slightly reduces headroom in the front, it drastically reduces it in the back, to the point where six-footers' heads will graze the roof lining.

In regards to boot space, bulky objects can be easily loaded and unloaded thanks to the spacious tailgate, which comes with a motorised opening if you choose the top-spec C-Series Edition trim. The boot floor is also height-adjustable, so you may create a flat area in which to move objects by raising it when the back seats are folded down.

Due to the battery's location beneath the boot floor in the plug-in hybrid model, you are unable to modify it; instead, it is always set to the highest level. The remaining space is still sufficient for the majority of needs, and the charging wires can be stored in a little amount of space beneath the floor.

Our Conclusion 

The C5 Aircross is an excellent large SUV at a low price that prioritises comfort and refinement while still providing flexible and economical engines, adaptable seating, a huge boot, and a respectable quantity of equipment. However, you shouldn't get it if you want a luxurious cabin, responsive handling, or seven seats because its larger siblings, the Peugeot 5008 and the Kia Sorento, perform those functions somewhat better.

At MWVC, we offer a wide range of Citroen C5 Aircross and DS4 car leasing deals to meet any driver's needs when it comes to finding the best vehicle for themselves in 2023. Our expert sales team can help you in finding the best price for your budget. If you are still not sure if car leasing is the best option for you? One of our representatives will be happy to assist you if you call 0116 259 9548.

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