CITROEN

CITROEN C5 AIRCROSS HATCHBACK 1.6 Plug-in Hybrid 225 Shine Plus 5dr e-EAT8

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

The Stellantis Group conglomerate is busy electrifying all its mid-sized SUVs and for some time, the Citroen C5 Aircross has had that tech too. Now that Plug-in Hybrid variant offers it with somewhat smarter packaging. As before, it's a front-driven package and like its group stablemates, it can be recharged from a home wallbox in under 2 hours. Fully replenished, it offers a decent full-electric driving range - WLTP-certified at 34 miles. Like all C5 Aircross variants, this one majors on comfort, courtesy of the brand's 'Progressive Hydraulic Cushion' set-up.

ELECTRIFIED AIR

Citroen's C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid delivers a thoughtful, comfort-orientated take on the mid-sized SUV plug-in market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the improved version.

Ten Second Review

The Stellantis Group conglomerate is busy electrifying all its mid-sized SUVs and for some time, the Citroen C5 Aircross has had that tech too. Now that Plug-in Hybrid variant offers it with somewhat smarter packaging. As before, it's a front-driven package and like its group stablemates, it can be recharged from a home wallbox in under 2 hours. Fully replenished, it offers a decent full-electric driving range - WLTP-certified at 34 miles. Like all C5 Aircross variants, this one majors on comfort, courtesy of the brand's 'Progressive Hydraulic Cushion' set-up.

Background

The C5 Aircross, launched in 2018, has sold steadily in the mid-sized 5-seat part of the SUV sector but needed a few more headlines. The introduction of this plug-in hybrid variant in 2019 provided a few of those, this variant incorporating a cutting-edge electrified powertrain. Citroen tried to build this into the car without compromising its other comfort-orientated attributes and, as usual with the brand, there's a strong emphasis on value and innovative design. Since this PHEV derivative's original launch though, lots of other Plug-in C-segment SUV crossover models have arrived in the segment, hence the need for this updated version with its smarter looks and classier cabin. As before, this won't be the first car you'll have thought of if you happen to be looking for a mid-sized plug-in SUV, but it might well be worth including on your wish list.

Driving Experience

As before, this electrified variant comes with a powerful and adaptable front-driven-only powertrain which sees a PureTech 180 Stop & Start petrol engine and an 80kW electric motor combining with a specially designed e-EAT8 automatic gearbox, to offer the equivalent of up to 225hp. At the wheel, you get three driving modes, with the one you'll be using most of the time being the 'Hybrid' setting that chooses the best mix of electric and petrol propulsion to suit the driving style whilst optimising efficiency. The alternative settings are either 'Sport' (where the car combines the power of the electric and petrol motors to offer livelier performance). And 'Electric' (where the car uses only the battery-powered electric motor, resulting in an ultra-quiet and smooth drive with zero exhaust emissions, offering a WLTP range of up to 34miles. Otherwise, things are very much as they would be in any other C5 Aircross. 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.

Design and Build

There's very little to visually give away the fact that this variant is a hybrid, apart from 'Hybrid' badging on the front wings and the tailgate. This revised model borrows some of the styling cues of the brand's executive C5 X as part of a refreshed exterior design, with a more vertical and modern front end that's brought sleeker aerodynamics. The front grille's been restyled and there's a revised version of the iconic Citroen logo, now seemingly detached from the daytime running lights, with chevrons that appear in black lacquer in a chrome setting, this now standing out more overtly against the central grille. Around the car, extra glossy or anodised detailing has been added - in colours such as Glossy Black and Dark Chrome, all of it intended to demonstrate the model's more up-market positioning. Inside, front seat occupants get the brand's unique 'Advanced Comfort' seat design, which features a core of high-density foam and an additional 15mm top layer of textured foam to ensure maximum comfort and support for the driver and passengers. There's a 12.3-inch digital driver's display and a revised 10-inch high-definition touchscreen that's been positioned higher up on the dashboard to reduce stress by ensuring the driver keeps their eyes on the road. Nice touches include an active air quality system that uses an air-purifying carbon filter. As before, this Gallic SUV's lengthy wheelbase translates into a cabin that feels significantly larger than that of most models in this class. In the rear, the car continues to feature three individual, same-width seats that slide, recline and fold flat. Not only does this mean that everyone on-board enjoys an exceptional level of comfort no matter where they sit, but it also creates the numerous possibilities for configuring the interior space. Few PHEV competitors can match the size of this C5 Aircross model's luggage space area, the extent of which depends on the position of the sliding second row bench. The 460-litre capacity is 120-litres down on what you get in an ordinary C5 Aircross though, thanks to battery placement beneath the cargo area base.

Market and Model

The C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, priced from around £35,000, can be specified in two well-appointed trim levels, 'Shine' and 'C-Series Edition'. With 'Shine Trim', buyers enjoy the 'Drive Assist Pack' with Adaptive Cruise Control, Advanced Comfort Seats with Alcantara upholstery and Active Safety Brake with video and radar assistance, while the 'Urban Black' interior ambience brings an upmarket feel to the cabin. The 'C-Series Edition' sits at the top of the range. It has been tailored specifically for the UK market and gains a 'Perla Nera Black' bi-tone roof with an exclusive Anodised Bronze Colour Pack. There is also an opening panoramic glass sunroof, wireless charging and a motorised tailgate with hands-free access. Safety-wise, there are a total of 19 driver-assistance systems available across the range, including Highway Driver Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Lane Departure Warning. Buyers can heavily personalise their C5 Aircross, creating a model that suits them perfectly, primarily through Colour Packs which add flourishes to the front air intakes and the side Airbump panels. Four Colour Packs are available: Glossy Black, Dark Chrome, Anodised Bronze and Energetic Blue. There's also a wide choice of body paint colours intended to complement the more assertive look: Polar White, Pearl White, Perla Nera Black, Platinum Grey, Cumulus Grey and a fresh shade, Eclipse Blue.

Cost of Ownership

The combined petrol engine and electric motor produces CO2 of 32g/km and fuel efficiency of up to 222.3mpg on a combined cycle, (all figures WLTP certified, dependent on version). You'll need to fit a home charging 7kW wallbox to make the most of this car. Citroen partners with Pod Point to provide this and customers will be eligible for a £500 government OLEV grant towards installation. Once this is in place, you'll be able to recharge the car in under two hours. Using the 'MyCitroen' app, customers will be able to activate deferred charging (to take advantage of lower electricity tariffs) and Pre-conditioning (so the cabin can be cooled or warmed before entry to the vehicle). Every C5 Aircross comes with a three-year and 60,000-mile warranty. The first two years of that aren't subject to any mileage limits but the third year (which is taken care of by your local dealer) is limited to 60,000 miles. Insurance is group 26E for the 'Shine' and group 27E for the 'C-Series Edition'. And company drivers will be tempted by the fact that this PHEV sits in the 11% Benefit-in-Kind taxation bracket.

Summary

We're always happy to see a product that tries to bring something a little different to its market segment, which is why we rather like this C5 Aircross in its more standard forms. If you can find the significant price premium necessary to get this Plug-in Hybrid version, then there's also plenty to like here too, especially in this updated form. The electrified stats are very class-competitive amongst Crossovers of this type, but you could argue they'd be replicated by equivalent versions of the Peugeot 3008, the Vauxhall Grandland and the DS 7 Crossback which feature the same engineering. The 'Progressive Hydraulic Cushion' set-up of this Citroen though, gives this particular SUV something a little different - you really can feel an improvement in the way it eases over tarmac undulations. It's worth a test drive then - as a possible starting point to your electrified future.

  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Heated rear windscreen with integrated antenna
  • Automatic windscreen wipers
  • One touch electric front/rear windows with pinch protection
  • Front windscreen wiper with magic wash cleaning system
  • Dark tinted rear windows and rear windscreen
  • Acoustic laminated windscreen with rain and brightness sensors
  • Acoustically insulated drivers and passengers side windows

  • ESP including traction control and stability programme
  • Collision risk alert
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Multi link rear suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions

  • Bluetooth telephone facility

  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation
  • Gear efficiency indicator
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Highway driver assist
  • Eco+ mode
  • Extended traffic sign recognition and recommendation
  • Electric power steering
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Speed limiter
  • Active cruise control with stop and go
  • Brake mode option on gear selector
  • Driving mode selector on central console
  • Active lane departure warning system
  • Active blind spot monitoring system

  • Foot operated hands free tailgate

  • Mirror screen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Custom interface for instrument cluster and touchscreen
  • Programmable cabin pre-conditioning and deferred charging
  • Citroen connect box emergency assist system
  • Citroen connect Nav with connect box
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Central 8" capacitive touch screen
  • 12.3" customisable TFT instrument display
  • Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning

  • Electric, heated and folding door mirrors with integrated LED indicator and kerb puddle light
  • Frameless auto dimming electrochrome rear view mirror with blue LED electric driving mode indicator

  • Soft touch matte dashboard with grey insert
  • Gloss black touch screen surround with integrated tactile buttons and chrome finisher
  • Satin chrome air vent decors
  • Leather effect dashboard facia

  • Mode 3 charging cable with type 2 connectors

  • 2 USB sockets
  • DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), AM/FM and MP3 compatible radio with two tweeters and four speakers
  • Voice recognition for radio, navigation and telephony features
  • Auxiliary input socket

  • Satin chrome window surround
  • Body colour door handles
  • Longitudinal roof bars
  • Twin exhaust effect trim
  • HYBRID badging to front wings and tailgate
  • Black upper and lower grille
  • Roof coloured rear spoiler with stainless edging trim
  • Citroen logo and monogram on rear
  • C5 Aircross monogram on boot rear
  • Matte black lower rear skirt
  • Matte black rear bumper facia with chrome exhaust effect trim
  • Painted front bumper
  • Painted rear bumper
  • Satin chrome C signature
  • Matte black wheel arch extensions
  • Airbump panels with colour insert on lower portion of the doors
  • Gloss black finish on A and B pillar and aerodynamic trim
  • Matte black side sill with anodised silver colour touch

  • Guide me home headlight function
  • Halogen rear fog lights
  • Halogen rear number plate lights
  • Automatic headlight activation via windscreen mounted sensors
  • Intelligent high beam headlights (auto dipping main beams)
  • Front fog lights with cornering function
  • High level LED centre brake light
  • 3D effect LED rear lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • LED front indicators

  • Rear centre console ventilation system
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Anti odour and pollen filter
  • Air recirculation when reverse gear is engaged

  • Front door pockets store up to 1.5L bottle and A4 note pad
  • Rear door pockets store up to 0.5L bottle
  • 2 Central illuminated cup holders
  • 3x Grab handles retractable with damping
  • Open storage area next to gear selector
  • Stainless steel front Citroen embossed sill scuff plates
  • Smooth opening flocked glove box with lighting
  • Storage compartment for charging cable under boot floor
  • Dashboard closed glove box with lid and illumination
  • Leather effect interior door handles
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Hinged rear parcel shelf
  • Fixing rings 4 in load compartment
  • Satin chrome gear lever
  • Aluminium pedals and foot rest
  • Central front armrest with butterfly wing opening and illuminated storage compartment
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • Satin chrome digital instrument panel and touchscreen trim
  • 12V socket in cabin
  • 12V socket in boot
  • Leather steering wheel with satin chrome inserts
  • Height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel with 2 control zones

  • Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer
  • Dimmable white mood lighting
  • Front and rear LED welcome/LED rear reading lights

  • Safety plus pack - C5 Aircross
  • City camera pack - C5 Aircross

  • 3x Rear three point retractable seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters in the outer rear seats
  • Tyre under inflation indicator
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts height adjustable with pre tensioners and force limiters
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Electric child locking functionality on rear windows and doors
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Two tone horn
  • Driver and front passenger side airbag
  • 2x Isofix child seat fitting on outer rear seats
  • 3x Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests with height adjustable

  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger seat
  • 3 Independent full size rear seats with adjustable recline angle
  • Advanced comfort seats
  • 2 way lumbar adjustment for driver
  • Manual passenger seat adjustment (height, fore/aft and backrest angle)

  • Alarm - perimetric and volumetric alarm with anti-lifting mechanism
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Automatic door locking
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application
  • Electronic code immobiliser

  • Compressor with puncture repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 120
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 13.2
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 64
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 53
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 33
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 40

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 32
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 32
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 41

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 77
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.8
  • CC: 1598
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 1.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 222.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 157.2

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 32E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 58
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 225
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Shine Plus
  • Coin Description: Plug-in Hybrid 225
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - BHP: 225
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Power - KW: 166
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1650
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: ART
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Length: 4500
  • Width: 1859
  • Width (including mirrors): 2099
  • Height: 1670
  • Wheelbase: 2730

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1770
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 600
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1510
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2300
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 530

  • Rear parking sensors: Included
  • Park assist - automatic parking guidance for bay parking plus parallel parking entry and exit: £250

  • Smartphone wireless charging plate: £0
  • Citroen connected CAM: £200

  • Body coloured door mirrors: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Body coloured roof: Included
  • Metallic paint: £545
  • Pearlescent paint: £720
  • Panoramic opening glass roof with electric blind: £990
  • Perla nera black roof with perla nera door mirrors: £250

  • Open central storage area below touch screen: Included
  • Hype leather effect cloth/nappa leather upholstery with black ambience, heated front seats, electric adjust driver seat and massage: £1,770
  • Metropolitan cloth/grained leather upholstery with grey ambience, electric adjust driver seat: Included

  • Exterior colour pack - Deep Red anodized - C5 Aircross: £0
  • Exterior colour pack - Blue anodized - C5 Aircross Hybrid: £0
  • Black exterior pack - C5 Aircross: £300
  • Exterior colour pack - White anodized - C5 Aircross: £0
  • Exterior colour pack - Silver anodized - C5 Aircross: Included

  • Metallic - Tijuca blue: £545
  • Metallic - Perla Nera Black: £545
  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £545
  • Metallic - Volcano Red: £545
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £545

  • Pearl - Pearl white: £720

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Towbar with 13 pin electrical connection and trailer stability control: £450

  • Hype leather effect cloth/nappa leather - black with black ambience, heated front seats, electric adjust driver seat and massage: £1,770
  • Metropolitan cloth/grained leather - Graphite/grey with grey ambience, electric adjust driver seat: £0

  • 19" Art black alloy wheels: £100
  • 19" Art two tone diamond cut alloy wheels: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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