Part of 21,650 euros in with the 130 horsepower PureTech engine
Its proverbial comfort and practicality are its hallmark
We tested it with the 180 horsepower 1.6 PureTech engine and automatic transmission
The Citroën C5 Aircross is an SUV that stands out for its smoothness and ride comfort. It has a mechanical range made up of two gasoline engines and many other Diesel engines, in addition to a plug-in hybrid. The model has a good value for money, and is available in Spain from 21,650 euros in its access version.
He Citroën C5 Aircross, which was born from the platform EMP2, It was presented at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Shortly after it began to be marketed and stand up in a segment in which it finds tall rivals such as the Ford Kuga, the Hyundai Tucson or the Peugeot 3008, among many others.
The plug-in hybrid version of the SUV It is one of the first steps for Citroën to achieve its electrification goals, which envisage that in 2023 80% of its range will have at least one version of this type, while in 2025 it will be extended to all its passenger cars. and commercial vehicles.
CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS 2020: OUTDOOR
The brand of the two chevrons bets on the continuity of an aesthetic language that we already saw in the C3 Aircross. In this way, the Citroën C5 Aircross Especially notable is its front with very fine optics and a hood in an elevated position that has its continuity in a robust appearance profile. In the rear there are horizontal optics with three-dimensional LEDs.
Personalization plays a very important role in Citroën C5 Aircross, offering up to 30 different combinations of body colors, seven in total, the standard black roof color and the three different color packages for the roof rail profiles, the front air intake trim and Airbumps , much more discreet than in the first C4 Cactus, located in the lower part of the body.
Finally, it should be noted that the aesthetics of the C5 Aircross have clear reminiscences of minivans like the Citroën C4 Spacetourer, less daring than that of other rival SUVs, but as we will see later this does not hamper it in terms of its off-road performance, which It has proved interesting during our test.
CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS 2020: INTERIOR
That the starting point of the new Citroën C5 Aircross Be it the EMP2 platform ensures a wide space inside the vehicle, with a capacity for five occupants and with a space for the boot of between 580 and 720 liters, expandable to 1,630 in the event that we decide to fold down the rear seats. The first figure varies thanks to the option of longitudinally displacing the rear seats 15 centimeters. The plug-in hybrid version announces a boot of between 460 and 600 liters, with which the battery entails a loss of 120 liters compared to the rest of the range.
With respect to multimedia system, equips a capacitive 8-inch screen that also has compatibility with protocols Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The dashboard can be fully digital with a 12.3-inch screen. In addition, an induction mobile charging system can be included, which optionally equipped the tested unit.
Another peculiarity of the Citroën C5 Aircross are the Advanced Comfort seats. The rear row can be reclined in up to five different positions, in addition to the aforementioned longitudinal slide. According to the French brand, there are up to 81 different possibilities to configure the boot. We did not test them all – our unit mounted these seats – but we did verify that it has a wide loading mouth and a low threshold, more practical than many of its alternatives on the market.
It also highlights the ability to customize the interior, where the French brand offers us five special environments that have an impact on the decoration of the dashboard, the armrests, the door panels and the center console. These are known as ‘Ambiance Series’, ‘Wild Gray’, ‘Metropolitan Gray’, ‘Beige Metropolitan’ and ‘Hype Brown’, and except for the former all have advanced comfort seats. Again, and after more than 1,000 kilometers on board, we can confirm that the designation is true, although they offer limited lateral support and consistent with the approach of the car.
But, above all, the cubic shapes of the C5 Aircross leave a very usable cabin, halfway between the SUB and the minivan, which allows those who sign these lines to maintain an entire span of space above the head and up to the ceiling, despite my 1.94 meters high. In the lowest position of the seat, it is possible to carry the legs quite stretched, something that is appreciated to face long trips.
CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS 2020: EQUIPMENT
He Citroën C5 Aircross offers four levels of equipment: Start, Live, Feel and Shine. The plug-in hybrid variant is only available with the last two.
The French SUV offers up to 20 driving assistance functions which, like the Highway Driver Assist, they anticipate what will come in the future with models endowed with increasing autonomy. In addition, it has six other technologies designed to optimize connectivity.
As for the unit tested, with the Shine finish – the highest of the range – it included as options only the two-tone configuration for the ceiling –104 euros–, the platinum gray paint –572 euros–, the Grip Control and the assistant descents –468 euros– and the parking assistant with 360-degree cameras –520 euros–.
CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS 2020: MECHANICAL
The mechanical offer of Citroën C5 Aircross It is quite wide, both in gasoline and Diesel. Among the first we find two PureTechs, the 1.2 130 horsepower and the 1.6 180 horsepower, both turbocharged. In the Diesel section, the two BlueHDi steps are offered with the same power step: a 1.5 of 130 horsepower and a 2.0 of 180. The less powerful engines come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, although a transmission can also be equipped Eight-speed automatic by torque converter called EAT8, the same as the two most powerful engines as standard. This gearbox, by the way, has the ‘Shift and Park by wire’ system and has paddles behind the wheel.
The Citroën C5 Aircross incorporates hydraulic progressive shock absorber suspension throughout the range. This system seeks to make the driver less noticeable the undulations of the pavement when faced with extreme oscillations. It achieves this by adding two hydraulic stops, one of extension and the other of compression, which offer greater freedom of movement to the vehicle in normal conditions, and slow down the movement of the shock absorbers in a progressive way when driving on poor surfaces or in poor conditions. through, thus avoiding sudden stops at the end of the route.
The plug-in hybrid version, the Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid, It has a combined power of 225 horses, coming from an electric motor of 109 horses and the thermal 1.6 of 180 that we have tested. It achieves a maximum torque of 320 Newton meters and can travel up to 55 kilometers in 100% electric mode, thanks to a 13.2 kilowatt hour capacity battery. The gearbox is the already mentioned eight-speed automatic, renamed e-EAT8. The approved average consumption is 1.7 liters per 100 kilometers, while emissions are 39 grams of CO2 per kilometer traveled. This variant of the C5 Aircross is one of those that make up the electric generation that the French brand has announced for 2020 and, of course, has the Zero label of the DGT.
All of them have exclusively front-wheel drive, although with the possibility of equipping the advanced traction control called Grip Control, which adjusts the type and level of performance of this system so that the traction is specifically adapted to the type of soil on which you are driving. in every circumstance. Our experience with the system is and always has been –equipped by other Peugeot and Citroën models– positive.
In the case of the C5 Aircross, and despite its discreet aesthetics, it offers a generous 23 cm ground clearance, higher than in many of its rivals. Obviously, it’s not an off-roader, but it saves curbs, road stones, and also most pronounced grade changes, such as some garage entrances.
CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS 2020: DRIVING IMPRESSIONS
We have tested the most powerful version of gasoline, the 1.6 PureTech 180 horsepower turbo. The first positive fact is that the official mixed consumption data for WLTP, at 7.4 liters per 100 kilometers, is very realistic. It is easy to stick to that consumption in everyday use. Even with a happy rhythm, we kept fuel consumption below 8.5 liters at 100. It is an elastic mechanics, and more energetic than it seems: the sound filtering and the general philosophy of the C5 Aircross, together with the linearity of the engine, often prevents capture the true acceleration that the chrono throws. The biggest drawback that we have detected, at least in the tested unit, is the type of sound that the mechanics emit: next to the traditional sound of intake and exhaust there is a kind of blow that does not come from the turbo and that would be more typical of a car equipped with permanent all-wheel drive. We don’t know if it comes from transmissions or belts, and it’s not particularly annoying either, but it’s not a clean, pleasant sound.
Our test was carried out very mainly on asphalt, but we purposely rehearsed on pavements with real holes and projections to get closer to the limit of travel of the shock absorbers, with a satisfactory result and without the unpleasant noise at the ‘stop’ that is heard in most passenger cars. and SUV in similar circumstances.
In fact, the feature that defines the C5 Aircross more precisely is its exemplary comfort. It may sound cliché, but it is one of those cars so comfortable that they make the kilometers of long trips go by earlier and, above all, better. It is inevitable to think about the degree of refinement that a traditional saloon built on the same basis as this C5 Aircross could achieve. This one, even with its bulky presence, is not noisy due to aerodynamics nor is it too sensitive to side wind. He is an exemplary traveler.
As for the operation of the change, under normal conditions we can operate in fully automatic mode without disappointment, both for the smoothness of the box and for the elasticity of the motor, which makes it easy for you to work. The cams behind the steering wheel will only be used to increase mechanical retention when we are interested. His answer is not prodigious, but it is more than correct. When we use the manual mode – a button located on the gear lever itself – it gains a point of agility in the reaction, although it does not become completely manual, since it changes automatically if we do not arrive at the injection cut. Finally, and in combination with the Sport mode – which is activated by another button located in the center console – we begin to feel that we are driving the C5 Aircross and that it is not just floating on the road.
The suspension is soft, without palliatives, and this generates noticeable body movements, especially when pitching under high-intensity braking. This feature, together with its dimensions, the type of driving position and a direction that practically does not transmit information about what is under the wheels, generates an initial distrust when we try to increase the pace with the C5 Aircross in twisty areas. Of course, most drivers will not experience such mistrust because they will not approach the vehicle’s adherence limit. However, during our test we wanted to check what was the true behavior of this model that does not seek maximum efficiency in its approach. It is an inevitably understeer car, but noble and predictable, to the point of anticipating what will happen during the curve without the help of the steering. You don’t need especially sporty tires for this – he fitted out a Michelin Pilot Primacy 4 in size 205/55 R19. Once the general dynamics are known, we feel more ‘connected’ to the road, obviously without being comparable to models such as a Mazda CX-30, a Seat Ateca or a Ford Kuga. The C5 Aircross is not a particularly agile or direct touch car, but it is safe.
The brakes comfortably fulfill their mission, although we did not like their touch when it comes to regulating braking until stopping at intersections or traffic lights, for example. It’s not really a pedal issue, but the shift doesn’t always shift to neutral at the same time of deceleration and therefore it’s easy to end up braking a bit more when you ‘release’ the transmission too late. In any case, they are very fine details, such as the fact that the start button requires more pressure than other models to start the process or stop the engine, or that the automatic opening system by proximity to the key It works less accurately than, for example, a DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, which has a good chance of equipping the exact same device.
CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS C-SERIES
He Citroën C5 Aircross is the last model of the French brand to receive the edition C-Series. Its exterior receives the Anodised Deep Red pack, which adds a dark red touch to the Airbumps, the front bumper and the roof bars. The C-Series logo appears on the front wings. For the rest of the body you can choose Banquise White, Pearly White, Black Pearl Black, Steel Gray or Platinum Gray. Also included are rear windows and a rear window superintado.
The interior of the Citroën C5 Aircross C-Series offers TEP Gray upholstery with white stitching. The seats are Advanced Comfort with a red horizontal stripe on the upper part of the backrest. The mats are exclusive and have red stitching.
As for equipment, the Citroën C5 Aircross C-Series, which is located between the Feel and Shine finishes, has the Drive Assist Pack, which includes the Driver Attention Alert, the Collision Hazard Alert, the Automatic Start of the Road Lights, the Extended Recognition of the Road Signs Speed Limit and Recommendation and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function on versions with EAT8 gearbox. In terms of connectivity, the Connect Nav, Connect Assist and Connect Play functions stand out.
They are included in this version of the C5 Aircross other elements such as Hands Free Access and Start, electrically folding exterior mirrors and the Reverse Camera with Top Rear Vision.
CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS 2020: PRICE
Currently, the starting price of Citroën C5 Aircross It is 21,650 euros, a figure that corresponds to the most basic finish and the 130-horsepower PureTech gasoline engine. The first of the Diesel, already associated with the Live finish, starts from 24,950 euros. For these two 130 horsepower engines, a good option is the C-Series finish, only 500 euros above the Feel and yet close to the Shine in series elements. As for the plug-in hybrid variant, it is only sold with Feel and Shine finishes. Its price is, respectively, 40,350 and 43,300 euros.
The tested unit, a C5 Aircross PureTech 180 S&S EAT8 Shine, with the series and optional elements described in the Equipment section, costs 36,012 euros.
Date Upgrade 07/25/2020 We tested the Citroën C5 Aircross PureTech 180 S&S EAT8 Shine. 06/18/2020 The Citroën C5 Aircross incorporates the C-Series edition into its offering. 06/10/2020 The Citroën C5 Aircross with a 130 horsepower PureTech engine adopts the EAT8 transmission as an option. 04/21/2020 Citroën C5 Aircross price update. 02/25/2020 Orders are already accepted in Spain for the plug-in hybrid version. 01/07/2020 Citroën announces the presence of the plug-in hybrid C5 Aircross at the Brussels Motor Show. 11/07/2019 Citroën reveals the price of the plug-in hybrid C5 Aircross. 09/23/2019 Confirmation of the plug-in hybrid version. 10/02/2018 Presentation of the model.
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