The Citroen C5 Aircross packs plenty of space and lots of tech into a stylish and comfortable package, but it’s let down by a rather unintuitive infotainment system
The Citroen C5 Aircross is the French brand’s most spacious family SUV yet. It shares plenty of mechanical bits and pieces with the Peugeot 3008 but comes with its own unique styling and an even more practical interior.
The Citroen C5 Aircross comes with plenty of neat design features, from the intricate head- and brakelight designs to the contrasting orange and white trims on the bumper, doors and under the roof rails. It certainly looks more interesting than the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson, but does so without being brash or particularly divisive.
Inside, you’ll find the Citroen C5 Aircross’ cabin has a neat, minimalist layout that means it looks classy without being difficult to use. You can choose from a range of design options to personalise your Citroen C5 Aircross’ interior, too, but whichever colour scheme you pick you’ll find the seats are comfortable, supportive, and come with plenty of adjustment to help tall drivers get comfy.
All models come with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices. You even get a slick 12.3-inch digital driver’s display instead of conventional analogue dials as standard in every Citroen C5 Aircross.
Unfortunately, the rather gloomy menus and awkward touch-sensitive shortcut buttons don’t make it particularly intuitive to use. It certainly doesn’t feel as polished as the systems you get in a VW Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq.
Thankfully, the Citroen C5 Aircross’ back seats help it win back some brownie points. Each of the three rear seats can slide and recline individually, and there’s plenty of space for three adults to get comfortable because all three seats are of equal width.
It’s not just good at carrying passengers – the Citroen C5 Aircross’ boot is a generous size, too. You’ll have access to between 580 and 720 litres of space (depending on how far forwards you slide the back seats) and as much as 1,630 litres of room to play with if you flip all three rear seats down.
It might not be a ‘true’ off-roader (it only comes with two-wheel drive) but the Citroen C5 Aircross certainly looks the part. Just check out those huge black bumper protectors…
If you plan on lugging lots of heavy loads, you’ll want to consider one of the Citroen C5 Aircross’ more powerful 180hp petrol and diesel engines. These are smooth, perky and won’t cost a great deal to run. The diesel model is especially frugal on long motorway drives while the petrol engine makes a better choice if you do lots of town driving. Both models are available with a smooth (if slightly slow to respond) eight-speed automatic gearbox instead of the standard six-speed manual ‘box.
If you’re on a tight budget, there is also a pair of 130hp petrol and diesel engines to consider, and soon you’ll be able to buy a plug-in hybrid model that’ll be ideally suited to short commutes in and around town.
Speaking of driving in town, the Citroen C5 Aircross does an excellent job ironing out bumps and potholes. Its clever suspension helps smooth out pockmarked road surfaces, too, making it very relaxing to drive for long periods.
It does tend to lean more than most alternatives on a winding road, however, but never to the extent that your passengers in the back will start to feel car sick.
Plenty of standard safety features also help make the Citroen C5 Aircross very stress-free to drive. You can rest easy knowing it comes with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and – in high-spec cars – a feature that’ll accelerate, brake and steer for you on motorways.
If you’re looking for a stylish, spacious and very comfortable family SUV, the Citroen C5 Aircross is well worth putting on your shortlist. Read our following interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections for more detailed information on the Citroen C5 Aircross.
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