Motoring review: Citroen C5 Aircross impresses with ease

by Gazette Reporter

Words by Declan Glynn

The all-new Citroen C5 Aircross five-seat SUV has been launched in Ireland, and it sets the bar for comfort in its segment, thanks to the standard fitment of its Progressive Hydraulic Cushion (PHC) suspension across the entire range.

All models come equipped with three individual sliding, folding and reclining rear seats for extra practicality, thereby allowing the SUV to claim best-in-class boot space of up to 720-litres with the rear seat backs in the upright position.

However, when the rear seat backs are dropped, the C5 Aircross provides cavernous van-like space.

ConnectedCAM, a factory-fitted dashboard camera from Citroen, is also standard across the range.

This innovative system consists of a HD camera that records your best road trips in complete safety.

With a single click, take a photo or record a 20-second video and share it with all your friends directly on the social networks.

Located just behind the interior rearview mirror, the Citroen ConnectedCAM records the highlights of your trips in 120-degree, wide-angle full HD with two million pixels.

Four trim levels are available in the new Citroen C5 Aircross – Start, Touch, Feel and range-topping Flair.

Entry-level ‘Start’ trim level includes features such as an 8” touchscreen display, cruise control, active safety brake, and air-conditioning.

The ‘Touch’ edition adds items such as 17” alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, folding mirrors, and Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, while the ‘Feel’ model benefits from 18” alloy wheels, front parking sensors, rear privacy glass, wireless phone charging, and Active Blind Spot Detection.

Step up to the ‘Flair’ specification and also included are 19” alloy wheels, Citroen Connect Navigation, Keyless Entry & Start, a panoramic sunroof with interior LED ambient lighting, and various Driver Assistance Systems.

Highway Driver Assist is also standard on Flair models, coupled with the EAT8 automatic transmission.

The C5 Aircross comes with a selection of two petrol and two diesel engines. The popular PureTech petrol engines comprise a 1.2-litre with 130bhp (6-speed manual only), and a 1.6-litre with 180bhp, which comes with the choice of a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Blue HDI diesel engines available are a 1.5-litre with 130bhp (manual or automatic), and a 2.0-litre automatic with 180bhp.

In early 2020, Citroen will launch a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) edition of the new C5 Aircross, with low Co2 emissions and a range of 50km in fully electric mode promised.

My review car was a Citroen C5 Aircross ‘Flair’ 1.2-litre PureTech (petrol) 6-speed manual in Cumulus Grey metallic paint, which attracts annual road tax of just €200.

On the road, the C5 Aircross can absorb road imperfections with ease, and cruise over speed ramps effortlessly, while advanced soundproofing reduces both road noise and wind noise exceptionally well.

With 130bhp and 230Nm of torque available, the refined and sweet-revving 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 10.5-seconds, achieve a top speed of 187km/h, and can consume as little as 6.8l/100km on a WLTP combined-driving cycle.

The cabin of the new C5 Aircross SUV is spacious and stately. It incorporates generous and flowing shapes, while remaining attentive to functional aspects.

It features a robust dashboard with a horizontal layout. On the driver side, the display screen offers a configurable digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch screen, which displays the selected driving information in the driver’s field of vision.

Pricing for the new C5 Aircross starts at just €26,495, with my test car specification starting at a very reasonable €33,695.

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