One in, one out for Citroen C5 Aircross engine range

  • Puretech 130 engine can now be had with eight-speed auto
  • Most powerful petrol engine dropped from range
  • Diesel models see CO2 emissions reduced

Citroen has changed up the engine range of its C5 Aircross SUV. Though the most powerful petrol engine has been dropped from the range, it’s been replaced with a new, lower-powered model paired to the same eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The 1.2-litre, three-cylinder PureTech 130 offers, as the name suggests, 130hp and can now be paired to Citroen’s EAT8 automatic transmission as well as the six-speed manual offered previously. This is the same eight-speed auto offered across much of the Citroen, Peugeot, Vauxhall and DS range, and we’ve always found it to be smooth and quick-witted.

It’s available in mid-spec Flair and top-spec Flair+ trim levels, where it costs from £28,335 and £30,535 respectively.

It’s the only automatic petrol in the range following the departure of the 1.6-litre PureTech 180, which has been dropped as Citroen looks to reduce its average CO2 emissions.

2020 Citroen C5 Aircross rear three quarter

Helping matters along is the re-classification of the BlueHDI diesel engines, which have seen their official CO2 figures drop. All versions of the BlueHDI 130 with manual gearboxes see a reduction of 3g/km across the board, while the automatic’s figure figure drops by 5g/km.

This means that the cleanest diesel C5 Aircross, the BlueHDI 130 automatic, emits just 100g/km of CO2.

Citroen’s still set to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the C5 Aircross later this year, with even lower CO2 figures. This will share technology with Peugeot's forthcoming plug-in hybrids, based on the 508, the 3008 and the 5008

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