Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" customisable TFT instrument display
  • Active blind spot monitoring system
  • Active lane departure warning system
  • Active lane keep assist
  • Bluetooth telephone facility
  • Central 8" capacitive touch screen
  • Citroen connect box emergency assist system
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Eco+ mode
  • Electric power steering
  • Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning
  • Gear efficiency indicator
  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay, and andriod auto
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Programmable cruise control and speed limiter
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation
  • Traffic sign recognition and recommendation

Entertainment

  • 2x USB sockets in front
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting),AM/FM and MP3 compatible radio with two tweeters and four speakers

Exterior Features

  • 3D effect LED rear lights
  • Acoustic laminated windscreen with rain and brightness sensors
  • Airbump panels with colour insert on lower portion of the doors
  • Automatic headlight activation via windscreen mounted windscreen
  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Automatic windscreen wipers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour rear spoiler with stainless steel edging trim
  • Body coloured electric and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicator
  • Body coloured roof
  • C5 Aircross monogram on boot rear
  • Citroen logo and monogram on rear
  • Front windscreen wiper with magic wash cleaning system
  • Gloss black finish on A and B pillar and aerodynamic trim
  • Guide me home headlight function
  • Halogen front fog lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Halogen rear fog lights
  • Halogen rear number plate lights
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • Heated rear windscreen with integrated antenna
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED high level brake lights
  • Light tinted rear windows and rear windscreen
  • Longitudinal roof bars
  • Matte black lower rear skirt
  • Matte black rear bumper facia
  • Matte black side sill with anodised silver colour touch
  • Matte black upper and lower grille
  • Matte black wheel arch extensions
  • One touch electric front/rear windows with pinch protection
  • Painted front bumper
  • Painted rear bumper
  • Roof bars with anodised silver lower
  • Satin chrome C signature
  • Satin chrome window surround

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in boot
  • 12V socket in cabin
  • 2 Position boot floor
  • 2 way lumbar adjustment for driver
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • 3 Independent full size rear seats with adjustable recline angle
  • 3x Grab handles retractable with damping
  • Air recirculation when reverse gear is engaged
  • Anti odour and pollen filter
  • Central front armrest with butterfly wing opening and illuminated storage compartment
  • Dashboard open central storage compartment
  • Driver and front passenger adjustable headrests
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Fixing rings 4 in load compartment
  • Front central console with two cup holders
  • Front door pockets store up to 1.5L bottle and A4 note pad
  • Front reading and welcome lights
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Height adjustable rear headrests
  • Height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel with 2 control zones
  • Hinged rear parcel shelf
  • Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger seat
  • Leather interior door handles
  • Leather steering wheel with satin chrome inserts
  • Manual driver seat adjustment (height, fore/aft and backrest angle)
  • Manual passenger seat adjustment (height, fore/aft and backrest angle)
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Open central storage area below touch screen
  • Open storage area next to gear selector
  • Rear centre console ventilation system
  • Rear door pockets store up to 0.5L bottle
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Satin chrome digital instrument panel and touchscreen trim
  • Satin chrome gear lever
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats
  • Smooth opening flocked glove box with lighting

Safety

  • 2x Isofix child seat fitting on outer rear seats
  • 3x Rear three point retractable seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters in the outer rear seats
  • ABS/EBD
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Advanced active safety brake (AEBS2 with 24GHz radar)
  • CDS (Dynamic Stability Control) and ASR (Electronic Anti-skid System)
  • Collision risk alert
  • Driver and front passenger side airbag
  • Electric child locking functionality on rear windows and doors
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP including traction control and stability programme
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts height adjustable with pre tensioners and force limiters
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
  • Hill start assist
  • Mono-tone horn
  • Tyre under inflation indicator

Security

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

Technical

  • Suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions

Trim

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

Wheels

  • Space saver spare wheel

Emissions

CO

0.066

CO2 (g/km)

107

HC

HC+NOx

0.034

Noise Level dB(A)

69

NOx

0.015

Particles

0.0004

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1499

Compression Ratio

16.4:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

75

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

84.8

Engine Code

DV5RC

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

8 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

68.9

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

72.4

EC Urban (mpg)

64.2

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

130

Based On ID

Coin Description

BlueHDi 130

Coin Series

Feel

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

11.8

Engine Power - BHP

131

Engine Power - KW

96

Engine Power - RPM

3750

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

221

Engine Torque - MKG

30.6

Engine Torque - NM

300

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

117

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

215/65 R17

Tyre Size Rear

215/65 R17

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

ELLIPSE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1670

Length

4500

Wheelbase

2730

Width

1859

Width (including mirrors)

2099

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

53

Gross Vehicle Weight

2020

Max. Loading Weight

590

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1250

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1430

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

12.4

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Trim

Wheels

Summary

In a market as crowded as this one, any new 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'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.

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.

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 four engines, a couple of petrols and a couple of diesels. The petrols are Citroen's PureTech 130 and 180 units, the latter offered only as an 8-speed automatic. The diesels are of the usual BlueHDi variety, with the 130hp version offered with manual or EAT8 auto form and the 180hp variant only as an EAT8 auto. 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 £23,500-£33,000 bracket, spread across 'Feel', 'Flair' and 'Flair 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. This C5 Aircross design's relatively light weight and sleek bodywork also helps, plus, as you would expect, there's an 'S&S' engine stop & start system to cut the powerplant when you don't need it, stuck at the lights or waiting in traffic. As a result of all of this, the BlueHDi 130 variant that'll probably be the most popular choice manages around 65mpg on the combined cycle and 108g/km of CO2. Even if you go for the PureTech 130 petrol variant, you'll still be getting well over 55mpg and 121g/km of CO2. Impressive engine technology also plays its part in this strong efficiency showing. The PureTech petrol models benefit 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.