CITROEN

CITROEN C5 AIRCROSS DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Shine Plus 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2138 g/km

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.

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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.

Ten Second Review

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.

Background

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.

Driving Experience

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 a choice of three quite different engines. The two conventional ones - a 1.2-litre PureTech petrol unit and a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel - both develop 130hp and both can be had with the alternative of the brand's smooth-shifting EAT8 8-speed autogearbox. The alternative is 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. Across the range, 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.

Design and Build

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.

Market and Model

Expect pricing fractionally above this car's cousin, the Peugeot 3008. Which means a £24,500-£36,000 bracket, spread across 'Sense', 'Shine', 'C-Series' and 'Shine 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'.

Cost of Ownership

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. The PureTech 130 petrol unit puts out 139g/km of CO2 in base or mid-spec trim (149g/km in top 'Shine Plus'-spec). the alternative BlueHDi 130 diesel manages 130g/km of CO2 in base or mid-spec trim (131g/km in top 'Shine Plus'-spec) Fuel economy-wise, the BlueHDi 130 manual 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 168mpg, with a WLTP emissions figure of up to 32g/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 model benefits 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.

Summary

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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions

  • Bluetooth telephone facility

  • Gear efficiency indicator
  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Eco+ mode
  • Extended traffic sign recognition and recommendation
  • Electric power steering
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Speed limiter
  • Active lane departure warning system
  • Active blind spot monitoring system
  • Active cruise control with speed upto 19mph

  • Foot operated hands free tailgate

  • Mirror screen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • 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
  • Auto dimming electrochrome rear view mirror

  • 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

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

  • Satin chrome window surround
  • Body colour door handles
  • Longitudinal roof bars
  • Twin exhaust effect trim
  • 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)
  • High level LED centre brake light
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • 3D effect LED rear lights
  • LED front indicators
  • Front fog lights with cornering function

  • 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

  • 2 Position boot floor
  • Stainless steel front Citroen embossed sill scuff plates
  • Smooth opening flocked glove box with lighting
  • Leather effect interior door handles
  • Dashboard closed glove box with lid and illumination
  • 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
  • Leather steering wheel with satin chrome inserts
  • Height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel with 2 control zones
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Hinged rear parcel shelf
  • Satin chrome gear lever
  • Fixing rings 4 in load compartment
  • Aluminium pedals and foot rest
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • Satin chrome digital instrument panel and touchscreen trim
  • Central front armrest with butterfly wing opening and illuminated storage compartment
  • 12V socket in boot
  • 12V socket in cabin

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

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

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

  • 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

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 138

  • Engine Code: DV5RC
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.4:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.8
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 51.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 44.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 60.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 50.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 65.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 54.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 52.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 43.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 57.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 48
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.9

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 18E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • 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: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Shine Plus
  • Coin Description: BlueHDi 130
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 131
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.4
  • Top Speed: 117
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

  • 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

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1430
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2020
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 53
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 720
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 590
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1630
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4

  • 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

  • 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
  • Open central storage area below touch screen: Included

  • Exterior colour pack - Deep Red anodized - C5 Aircross: £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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