Our "Flair Plus" Citroen C5 Aircross is the epitome of luxury with Progressive Hydraulic Suspension and Advanced Comfort Seats. This model is finished in the sophisticated Cumulus Metallic Grey paint with the dynamic 19 inch "Art" diamond cut alloy wheels. Front and rear parking sensors are equipped as standard to the "Flair Plus" model with Active Blind Spot Monitoring and a Colour Reversing Camera included too. 580 litres cargo space is provided in the rear with powered access making easy work of opening the boot. The cabin is brilliantly presented with the "Metropolitan" Grey Ambiance which together with the Opening Panoramic Glass Roof creates an opulent experience. Safety features are in an abundance with the "Flair Plus" trim. Included as standard you will find Intelligent High Beam Assist, Advanced Safety Brake and Lane Departure Warning to name a few. In the drivers seat it is effortless to get comfy thanks to the full electric range of adjustments and lumbar control along with a fully adjustable steering wheel. Central on the dash you will find the 8 inch connected media system with Navigation, Bluetooth and DAB radio presets. As well as this, connectivity is provided for Apple Carplay and Android Auto through USB ports integrated onto the central console.
Petrol 38.8 combined MPG (WLTP)
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Our "Flair Plus" Citroen C5 Aircross is the epitome of luxury with Progressive Hydraulic Suspension and Advanced Comfort Seats. This model is finished in the sophisticated Cumulus Metallic Grey paint with the dynamic 19 inch "Art" diamond cut alloy wheels. Front and rear parking sensors are equipped as standard to the "Flair Plus" model with Active Blind Spot Monitoring and a Colour Reversing Camera included too. 580 litres cargo space is provided in the rear with powered access making easy work of opening the boot. The cabin is brilliantly presented with the "Metropolitan" Grey Ambiance which together with the Opening Panoramic Glass Roof creates an opulent experience. Safety features are in an abundance with the "Flair Plus" trim. Included as standard you will find Intelligent High Beam Assist, Advanced Safety Brake and Lane Departure Warning to name a few. In the drivers seat it is effortless to get comfy thanks to the full electric
|Badge Engine CC:||1.2|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||PureTech 130|
|Coin Series:||Flair Plus|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||17E|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||87|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||86|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||4|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||58|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||75|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Noise Level dB(A):||67|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:||151|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max:||164|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min:||151|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max:||175|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min:||151|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max:||142|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min:||124|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max:||191|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min:||179|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max:||160|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min:||139|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||75|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||90.5|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||TURBO DIRECT INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||12|
|EC Combined (mpg):||54.3|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||60.1|
|EC Urban (mpg):||46.3|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max:||7.3|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min:||6.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max:||7.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min:||6.7|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max:||6.3|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min:||5.5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max:||8.5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min:||8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max:||7.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min:||6.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max:||38.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min:||44.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max:||36.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min:||42.1|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Max:||44.6|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Min:||51.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Max:||33.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Min:||35.5|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max:||39.9|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min:||45.9|
|0 to 60 mph (secs):||True|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||11.6|
|Engine Power - BHP:||131|
|Engine Power - KW:||96|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||5500|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||170|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||23.5|
|Engine Torque - NM:||230|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||WLTP|
|Tyre Size Front:||205/55 R19|
|Tyre Size Rear:||205/55 R19|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Type:||19" ALLOY|
|Width (including mirrors):||2099|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||53|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1940|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1630|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||720|
|Max. Loading Weight:||536|
|Max. Roof Load:||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1350|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||739|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||12.4|
Citroen's stylish C5 Aircross model aims to offer something a little different in the mid-sized SUV segment. Jonathan Crouch takes a drive in the PureTech 130 petrol version.
What if the kind of ride comfort you'd get on a large luxury SUV could be replicated - or even improved upon - in an affordable mid-sized model? Well that's what this car, Citroen's C5 Aircross, sets out to provide to 'Qashqai-class' folk. Citroen may have arrived late to this particular party, but at least it's trying to bring it something new. Here, we try the base Puretech 130 petrol version.
Citroen has been turning around its SUV fortunes and the little C3 Aircross, launched in Summer 2017, has sold well in the small supermini-derived SUV sector. This family hatch-based C5 Aircross will be equally important in the class above and claims to bring 'an all-new level of overall comfort' to the segment. That comes courtesy of super-supportive 'Advanced Comfort' seats and a clever new suspension system using what the marque calls 'Progressive Hydraulic Cushions'. The C5 Aircross might sell itself to you in terms of its practicality too, though it's not large enough to offer a seven-seat option. Still, if that's not an issue and you're buying in this segment, there's plenty else to catch your attention. There are six connectivity technologies, nineteen driver assistance systems and thirty exterior colour combinations. Plus something we haven't seen before in this sector, a 'ConnectedCAM' dash cam camera. It's all created a five-seat family SUV that promises to be genuinely different. And we're going to try it in PureTech 130 petrol form.
Set off in a C5 Aircross and one of the first things that Citroen hopes you'll notice is the impressive ride quality, embellished by a clever 'Progressive Hydraulic Cushions' suspension system which delivers class-leading comfort over poorer surfaces. Hydraulic dampers cushion the top and bottom of wheel travel at the top and bottom of wheel travel and allow the fitment of softer springs and dampers, producing what the brand describes as a 'magic carpet'-like feel. Thick quilted 'Advanced Comfort' front seats further embellish the feeling of Gallic luxury. The inevitable flip-side of that is that there's a little more roll through the bends than you'd get from an obvious class rival. But if you can ignore this, there's actually more grip and traction than you'd think, though the somewhat over-light electric steering does its best to disguise the fact. We tried the base 1.2-litre three cylinder PureTech petrol unit. This offers 130hp (more than you'd get with the base petrol engines found in some rivals) and seems on paper to offer a reasonable set of performance stats - rest to 62mph in 10.7s en route to 117mph. On the road though, the efforts of the little triple-cylinder powerplant are somewhat hobbled by the fact that the kerb weight of this SUV is likely to be up around 1.5-tonnes, once you've fitted a few extras. Citroen's not too dissimilarly-sized C4 Cactus hatch model is the best part of half a tonne lighter when fitted with the same engine: such is the penalty for fashionable Crossover credibility.
Citroen has carefully sized this C5 Aircross, making it a five-seat design but quite a large one, with a 4.5-metre length that slots it into the centre of the mid-sized SUV segment. Familiar brand styling features include this raised muscular bonnet and the usual Citroen two-tier lighting signature, with the top units housing the LED daytime running lights, the lower ones being for the headlamps. Buyers can colour-personalise the lower air intakes, the roof rails and the lower side sill 'Air bumps; in either red, silver or white. Inside, as with most modern Citroens, what you find is a mixture of interesting design, a few cheaper plastics and some clever electronics. Oh and lovely seats, with the ones you're most likely to get being of the generously proportioned 'Advanced Comfort' variety, which feature particularly broad bases, foam that's 15mm thicker than usual for extra support and extra quilted padding. The result is a feeling of cosseting Gallic luxury. The instrument binnacle is another cabin talking point, conventional dials completely replaced by a standard 12.3-inch colour screen that's fully configurable and customisable. Just about everything else you'll need to know can be found on the 8-inch centre-dash capacitive touchscreen. In the back seat you'll get what Citroen claims is the 'most modular' rear bench arrangement in the class. It's certainly very versatile, made up of three individual sliding, folding and reclining seats. Out back, you get a large 580-litre boot.
So, let's get to the pricing, which from launch was pitched from around £23,500 for the base Puretech 130 petrol variant we're looking at here which comes only with manual transmission. C5 Aircross buyers are offered three pretty middle-of-the-road trim choices - 'Feel', mid-range 'Flair'-spec or top 'Flair Plus'. Standard kit on the base 'Feel'-spec version includes quite a bit but most C5 Aircross buyers in this country will find the £2,100 premium that Citroen asks to trade up to the mid-range 'Flair'-spec we tried. Models of this grade are recognisable by larger '18-inch 'Swirl' alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and chrome-effect exhaust trim. There are some key extra interior features at this level, amongst them the more supportive 'Advanced Comfort' seats and the 'Citroen Connect Nav' sat nav system that comes with 'TomTom Live' traffic updates and voice recognition. Plus there are useful features like front parking sensors, a 180-degree 'Visio Park' colour reversing camera, an electrochrome rear view mirror, a two-tone horn and 'follow-me-home' lighting that at night guides you to your front door. The cabin gets a classy upgrade too, the 'Metropolitan Grey Ambiance' package you get at this level giving you upholstery trimmed in a mixture of Grey Grained leather and 'Graphite' cloth. At 'Flair' level, you also get as standard what is probably this C5 Aircross model's most unexpected feature - the 'ConnectedCAM', the world's first built-in dashcam system.
We're used to modern Citroens being rather light by class standards, particularly models that are, like this one, built upon the PSA Group's stiff, sophisticated EMP2 platform. So the news that the fastest and best-equipped versions of this C5 Aircross tip the scales at well over 1.5-tonnes may prepare you for the fact that in trading up from the brand's smaller C3 Aircross model (which is a massive 400kgs lighter), your running cost returns are going to be very different. Of course, many C5 Aircross buyers won't be switching from something smaller in the Crossover class and these people will merely be happy to see that this car's efficiency stats number amongst the better readings that you can expect to get from a mid-sized volume brand SUV of this kind. In evaluating them, we'll quote you figures based on readings calculated using the latest 'WLTP' ('World harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure') cycle, but the stats have been converted back to the most recent 'New European Driving Cycle' 'NEDC2' spec, since that's what a lot of rival models are still using. The base 1.2-litre PureTech 130 petrol powerplant we're trying here is supposed to be able to manage up to 44.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 119g/km of CO2. Which we'll put into perspective by telling you than a directly comparable 1.5-litre petrol Ford Kuga can only manage up to 35.3mpg and 160g/km.
The 'Progressive Hydraulic Cushion' suspension of a C5 Aircross isn't going to be of much use to it in the Saharan desert, but it'll help it immensely in the much more challenging environment this car will actually spend its life in. Yours. A school run world of speed humps, potholes, tarmac tears and long taxing days that require your automobile to look after you on the drive home. This car's emphasis on comfort won't endear it to magazine road testers or people who, rather mystifyingly, want their family SUV to handle with sporting sharpness. And there are cheaper cars in the Qashqai class and contenders that might tempt you with classier cabins - or an extra row of seats. But if you can look beyond all that, there's much here to like beyond the cossetting ride. The spacious interior, the versatile back seat arrangement and neat equipment touches like the 'ConnectedCAM' dash camera. In summary, it's refreshing to see this Gallic brand getting back to what it does best. We think that this car stands out as a result. You might too.
Citroen aims to deliver a more thoughtful, comfort-orientated take on the mid-sized SUV market with this stylish C5 Aircross model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.
The C5 Aircross is, according to its maker, 'the most comfortable SUV on the market'. Quite a claim, given that this isn't a large, luxury crossover but is targeted at family buyers currently considering volume mid-sized models in this class like Nissan's Qashqai and SEAT's Ateca. Citroen may be rather late to this party but at least it's trying to bring something new.
The legendary Citroen 2CV had a reputation for being able to comfortably traverse a ploughed field. That apart though, this French brand can't call on much customer recognition when it comes to vehicles cable of functioning off the beaten track. That has to change, given the current European obsession with SUVs and the company is depending on its Aircross range of models to convince customers of its crossover credibility. The first signs in this regard have been promising for the Gallic maker. The little C3 Aircross, launched in Summer 2017, has sold well in the small supermini-derived SUV sector. This family hatch-based C5 Aircross will be equally important. Citroen's Head of Product Xavier Peugeot says it brings 'an all-new level of overall comfort' to the segment and there's now a plug-in Hybrid version too.
This car's key differentiating point is the way it glides over bumps. That ability comes courtesy of its Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system. This two-stage set-up features a couple of hydraulic stops on each side of the car, one for compression, the other for rebound. For major uneven ground impacts, the hydraulic stops work with the springs and shock absorbers to avoid jerky movements and unpleasant bouncing. Thicker softer seat padding also embellishes the impression of comfort. And double-laminated front windows and engine bay soundproofing play their part in reducing cabin noise Engine-wise, C5 Aircross are offered four engines, a couple of petrols and a couple of diesels. The petrols are Citroen's PureTech 130 and 180 units, the former offered with an 8-speed automatic option that's mandatory for the '180' petrol model. You can also ask your dealer about a petrol/electric Hybrid version, which combines the PureTech 180 engine and EAT8 auto gearbox with an 80kW electric motor, delivering 225hp of accumulated power and instantly available torque of 320Nm, plus an electrified WLTP-rated driving range of up to 31 miles. The diesels are of the usual BlueHDi variety, with the 130hp version offered with manual or EAT8 auto form and the 180hp variant only as an EAT8 auto. There's no 4WD system offered, but buyers do get 'Grip Control with Hill Descent Assist', for extra front-driven traction in slippery conditions. There's also Hill Start Assist, to help you starting off up steep slopes. And Trailer Stability Control, to reduce trailer sway if you're towing. That's about as much as most likely buyers will ever need.
Citroen's Head of Styling Alexandre Malval describes this as an 'assertive design'. It certainly makes more of a visual statement than the last mid-sized SUV that Citroen sold, the Mitsubishi Outlander-derived C-Crosser model. The C5 Aircross is far more of an in-house effort, sharing the same EMP2 platform as the PSA Group's other mid-sized SUVs, the Peugeot 3008 and the DS 7 Crossback. It's 4.5m long and 1.84m wide with a 2.73m wheelbase, so is a touch bigger than cheaper cars in this class like Nissan's Qasqai and SEAT's Ateca. The brand's signature 'Air Bumps' make an appearance just above the lower side sills, but they're toned down here, just as they are in the latest C4 Cactus. Inside, that lengthy wheelbase translates into a cabin that feels significantly larger than that of most models in this class. Few competitors can match this C5 Aircross model's luggage capacity either, rated at 580-720-litres, depending on the position of the sliding second row bench. With that bench folded, there's 1,630-litres of luggage room. Noise touches include an active air quality system that uses an air-purifying carbon filter. Up-front, Citroen fans will note a retro touch in the form of the rolling speedometer, similar to that used on the old 1980's-era Citroen BX, incorporated as part of the instrumentation's 12.3-inch digital display.
Expect pricing fractionally above this car's cousin, the Peugeot 3008. Which means a £24,500-£33,000 bracket, spread across 'Feel', 'Flair' and 'Flair Plus' trim levels. The interior can be personalised with three ambiance packs - 'Standard', 'Metropolitan Grey' and 'Hype Brown'. There are also seven body colours, all of which can be combined with a black roof. There are three Colour Packs too, adding contrast-colour elements around the bodywork and subtly underlining the Airbump panels on the lower part of the front doors, the front bumper and the roof bars. Buyers choose between four alloy wheel designs too. Buyers can specify 'big car' features like a 360-degree camera system and a 'Park assist' set-up, plus you can of course add in things like keyless entry and a reversing camera. Camera-driven safety kit includes 'Active Safety Brake' autonomous braking, an 'Active Lane Departure Warning System', 'Active Lane-Keeping assist', 'Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go', 'Collision Risk Alert', 'Coffee Break Alert', 'Driver Attention Alert', 'Traffic Sign Recognition', 'Highway Driver Assist' and 'Intelligent Beam Headlights'.
Citroen's BlueHDi diesel engines have already proved themselves to be efficient and frugal in the brand's other models and that's carried forward here. As part of a re-homologation process, selected BlueHDi diesel engines in the C5 Aircross SUV range benefit from significant CO2 reductions. All 1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S manual versions see a 3g/km decrease, from 108g/km to 105g/km, whilst the 1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8 automatic versions see an even greater reduction of 5g/km, from 105g/km to 100g/km. Fuel economy-wise, the BlueHDi 130 variant that'll probably be the most popular choice manages around 65mpg on the combined cycle. Even if you go for the PureTech 130 petrol variant, you'll still be getting well over 55mpg. To do better, you'll need the plug-in petrol/electric Hybrid version. This is WLTP-rated at 166mpg, with NEDC emissions of just 39g/km; and there's up to 31 miles of WLTP rated electrified driving range if you keep it fully charged. Impressive engine technology also plays its part in this strong efficiency showing. The PureTech petrol models benefit from a 30% reduction in mechanical losses that are due to friction. While the PSA Group's BlueHDi diesel technology is based around a clever three-step after-treatment system designed to better eliminate the four nasty pollutants that diesel units usually put out - namely unburnt hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates. Another thing that could help you keep garage costs in check is the affordable three year servicing plan that's available at point of purchase. Finally, there's the usual Citroen three year / 60,000 mile warranty.
In an SUV market as crowded as this one, any mainstream product simply has to bring something different to the table. Fortunately, this C5 Aircross can, its progressive hydraulic cushion suspension delivering a noticeable ride quality advantage over obvious rivals. Some of these handle better, but we think the way that this Citroen cruises over bumps and tarmac tears will be of more interest to likely family buyers. It'll still remain quite a rare sight on our roads, though the addition of plug-in technology may get this car back on to the radar of likely buyers in the mid-sized family crossover segment. Anyway, it's refreshing to see this Gallic brand getting back to what it does best. This car stands out as a result. As it very much needs to.
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