- Big seats are comfortable and supportive
- Ride quality is excellent, as is overall refinment
- Interior is light and airy, especially with panoramic roof
The controls and driving position are all pretty much as they are in the C5 Aircross’s PSA cousins, which is to say that you'll enjoy it if you like your secondary controls (such as heating and climate control) principally driven by the central touchscreen. We don't, especially one that lacks responsiveness and usability like this one. There's bags of room upfront and in the rear, with a very generously proportioned central cubby, which is more than capable of taking all of your paraphernalia.
Impressive aspects are the squashy, yet supportive, seats, and the interior quality, which has taken a big leap over Citroens of old, and should now be considered up there with the class leaders. But in the pursuit of quality, none of the design flair that you'd expect from a flagship (for now) Citroen has been skimped upon.
The rear is roomy for three passengers, and the adjustable, reclining seats back there serve a decent purpose. Sadly (for now) there's no seven-seat version, which means you'll need a Peugeot 5008 if you're looking to shift more people.
Is the C5 Aircross as comfortable as they say?
Yes. Keen drivers might not warm to its unsporting nature, but for those who value ride comfort, the C5 Aircross delivers all that's been promised of it. Those Progressive Hydraulic Cushions really do their stuff – we tested the car on a number of different road surfaces and situations, and rarely did it feel flustered.
Most impressive is the way the C5 Aircross deals with changes from big dips and bumps to small imperfections, taking them in their stride. Little in the way of road noise is transmitted into the cabin, even when tackling the most brutal ruts and potholes. It really is a relaxed drive.
If you carry lots of passengers, and like to crack on, you might not agree with the amount of bodyroll in bends. Equally it can pitch on undulating surfaces, although the body control is actually very good. Dial it back, though, and the comfort wins over – it's not a car to rush around in, and makes no bones about it.
Top of the range is Flair Plus is absolutely packed with tech, too. It brings active LED headlights and adaptive cruise control, a panoramic roof, 19-inch alloys and the option of a really appealing brown leather interior.