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Citroën C5 Aircross Review Video
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At a glance

New price £24,630 - £36,850
Used price £14,985 - £31,900
Used monthly cost From £374 per month
Fuel Economy 35.2 - 222.3 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £155
Insurance group 16 - 33 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions
  • Comfortable ride quality and seats
  • Spacious interior that's well finished

CONS

  • If you're after a sharp drive, look elsewhere
  • Not as many engine choices as some rivals
  • No four-wheel drive version

Citroën C5 Aircross rivals

Volkswagen
Tiguan
4.4 out of 5 4.4

Written by Keith Adams on

Is the Citroen C5 Aircross any good?

If you're after a funky-looking, comfortable family car, the Citroen C5 Aircross is a tempting choice. It's been designed to be roomy and easy to drive, and shares much under-the-skin technology with the Peugeot 3008 and 5008. It's larger inside than the former, and not as bulky as the latter – a good compromise.

The C5 Aircross majors on comfort and style, and is also available with a raft of personalisation options, which prove so popular with family car buyers. But it's up against a whole host of talented rivals, such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, SEAT Ateca and Ford Kuga.

Citroen is hoping that families are looking for a car blessed with soft suspension that shrugs aside the worst that UK roads can throw at it. We've reviewed a number now, and reckon that the French carmaker has nailed that brief, and it is definitely worth your attention.

Read the Citroen C5 Aircross verdict

What's it like inside?

The Citroen C5 Aircross is equipped with soft and supportive sofa-like seats with a massage function, optionally available for the front pair. There's also a reclining backrest function and seat slider for the three individual seats that make up the rear bench.

The cabin is trimmed in soothing hues, and all of the touchpoints look and feel durable and of a decent quality. Double-glazed acoustic-insulating glass is also available, and the front and rear leg and headroom are both excellent – and more than up to the task of being a good family car.

Read more on the Citroen C5 Aircross interior

What's it like to drive?

Citroens are renowned for their ride comfort, and all of the recent models launched by the company live up to the high standards set by their ancestors. The C5 Aircross was the first model designed with the Citroen Advanced Comfort philosophy in mind from the outset, so its suspension gets Progressive Hydraulic Cushions to soften the ride.

It doesn’t completely replicate the famed ‘magic carpet ride' of hydropneumatic Citroens of old, but it does iron out the majority of surface imperfections without making the C5 Aircross list like a ship whenever you encounter a corner.

Performance and economy are excellent in all models, although our favourite is the 130hp petrol Puretech powered model. It's an eager little engine, which pulls well from low revs and is both quiet and economical.

Read more on how the Citroen C5 Aircross drives

What models and trims are available?

There are no pared-down entry-level models. Instead, there's a three-tier range, starting with the Sense version. That comes with 18-inch wheels, 12.3-inch digital instruments and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. 

Next up is the C-Series, which includes 18-inch wheels, front parking sensors, a reversing camera, the Advanced Comfort seats as standard, a sat-nav upgrade, tinted glass and leather and cloth upholstery. Above that, you get the option of the Shine, Shine Plus and Black Edition models where you can spent upwards of £40,000 on your optioned C5 Aircross.

As for engines, you have a choice of three - one petrol, one diesel, and one plug-in hybrid. Both petrol and diesel options have 130hp and can be had with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearboxes, while the hybrid is by far the more powerful - with 225hp.

What else should I know?

It's an interesting looking car for a reason. Recent hallmarks of Citroen’s distinctive design language are present and correct with the C5 Aircross, not least the eyebrow-like LED day-running lights with main headlamp units nestled separately below. There's also a smattering of Airbumps – think toughened bubble wrap – along the lower edges of the doors for a dash of rugged protection.

Unique – so far, at least – to the C5 Aircross are the chrome-look hoops around the side-door windows, with a subtle third piece of glass appearing blacked-out towards the back.

LED-rich tail lamps are bisected by a wide-opening tailgate, while the exterior can be spruced-up further with flashes of red detailing. There’s an upmarket look to the distinctive cabin, boasting a 12.3-inch infotainment screen on high-spec versions, with a wide centre console and an electronic instrument binnacle directly ahead of the driver.

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Our leasing partner, ZenAuto, is currently offering the Citroen C5 Aircross from £336 per month.

Citroën C5 Aircross rivals

Volkswagen
Tiguan
4.4 out of 5 4.4

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