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Citroen C5 AIRCROSS DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8

Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
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Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8
Citroen C5 AIRCROSS 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr EAT8

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG68.90
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed117 mph
  • C02108 g/km
  • BHP131
  • Torque221 lbs/f
  • P11D25%

Review

The C5 Aircross is, according to its maker, 'the most comfortable SUV on the market'. Quite a claim, given that this isn't a large, luxury crossover but is targeted at family buyers currently considering volume mid-sized models in this class like Nissan's Qashqai and SEAT's Ateca. Citroen may be rather late to this party but at least it's trying to bring something new.

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Citroen aims to deliver a more thoughtful, comfort-orientated take on the mid-sized SUV market with this stylish C5 Aircross model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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 and there's now a plug-in Hybrid version too.

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 former offered with an 8-speed automatic option that's mandatory for the '180' petrol model. You can also ask your dealer about a petrol/electric Hybrid version, which combines the PureTech 180 engine and EAT8 auto gearbox with an 80kW electric motor, delivering 225hp of accumulated power and instantly available torque of 320Nm, plus an electrified WLTP-rated driving range of up to 31 miles. 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 £24,500-£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. As part of a re-homologation process, selected BlueHDi diesel engines in the C5 Aircross SUV range benefit from significant CO2 reductions. All 1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S manual versions see a 3g/km decrease, from 108g/km to 105g/km, whilst the 1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8 automatic versions see an even greater reduction of 5g/km, from 105g/km to 100g/km. Fuel economy-wise, the BlueHDi 130 variant that'll probably be the most popular choice manages around 65mpg on the combined cycle. Even if you go for the PureTech 130 petrol variant, you'll still be getting well over 55mpg. To do better, you'll need the plug-in petrol/electric Hybrid version. This is WLTP-rated at 166mpg, with NEDC emissions of just 39g/km; and there's up to 31 miles of WLTP rated electrified driving range if you keep it fully charged. 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.

Summary

In an SUV market as crowded as this one, any mainstream 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'll still remain quite a rare sight on our roads, though the addition of plug-in technology may get this car back on to the radar of likely buyers in the mid-sized family crossover segment. Anyway, 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.

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Driver Convenience
Rear parking sensors
Smartphone wireless charging plate
12.3" customisable TFT instrument display
Active blind spot monitoring system
Active cruise control with stop and go
Active lane departure warning system
Bluetooth telephone facility
Central 8" capacitive touch screen
Citroen connect box emergency assist system
Citroen connect Nav with connect box
Coffee Break Alert
Driver attention alert system
Eco+ mode
Electric power steering
Extended traffic sign recognition and recommendation
Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning
Foot operated hands free tailgate
Gear efficiency indicator
Highway driver assist
Mirror screen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
Multi function trip computer
Speed limit recognition and recommendation
Exterior Features
Body coloured door mirrors
Body coloured roof
Solid paint
3D effect LED rear lights
Acoustic laminated windscreen with rain and brightness sensors
Airbump panels with colour insert on lower portion of the doors
Auto dimming electrochrome rear view mirror
Automatic headlight activation via windscreen mounted sensors
Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
Automatic windscreen wipers
Black upper and lower grille
Body colour door handles
C5 Aircross monogram on boot rear
Citroen logo and monogram on rear
Dark tinted rear windows and rear windscreen
Electric, heated and folding door mirrors with integrated LED indicator and kerb puddle light
Front fog lights with cornering function
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 headlights
Halogen rear fog lights
Halogen rear number plate lights
Headlights left on audible warning
Heated rear windscreen with integrated antenna
High level LED centre brake light
Intelligent high beam headlights (auto dipping main beams)
LED daytime running lights
LED front indicators
Longitudinal roof bars
Matte black lower rear skirt
Matte black rear bumper facia
Matte black side sill with anodised silver colour touch
Matte black wheel arch extensions
One touch electric front/rear windows with pinch protection
Painted front bumper
Painted rear bumper
Roof coloured rear spoiler
Satin chrome C signature
Satin chrome window surround
Twin exhaust effect trim
Interior Features
Metropolitan cloth/grained leather upholstery with grey ambience
12V socket in boot
12V socket in cabin
2 Central illuminated cup holders
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
Advanced comfort seats
Air recirculation when reverse gear is engaged
Aluminium pedals and foot rest
Anti odour and pollen filter
Central front armrest with butterfly wing opening and illuminated storage compartment
Dashboard closed glove box with lid and illumination
Dashboard open central storage compartment
Dimmable white mood lighting
Dual zone automatic climate control
Electric driver seat adjustment (height, fore/aft and backrest angle)
Fixing rings 4 in load compartment
Front + rear carpet mats
Front and rear LED welcome/LED rear reading lights
Front door pockets store up to 1.5L bottle and A4 note pad
Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer
Front seat back map pockets
Height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel with 2 control zones
Hinged rear parcel shelf
Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger seat
Leather effect interior door handles
Leather steering wheel with satin chrome inserts
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 not fastened audible and visual alert for front seats
Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats
Smooth opening flocked glove box with lighting
Stainless steel front Citroen embossed sill scuff plates
Packs
Exterior colour pack - Silver anodized - C5 Aircross
City camera pack - C5 Aircross
Safety plus pack - C5 Aircross Flair/FlairPlus
Wheels
19" Art two tone diamond cut alloy wheels
Compressor with puncture repair kit
Entertainment
2 USB sockets
Auxiliary input socket
DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), AM/FM and MP3 compatible radio with two tweeters and four speakers
Voice recognition for radio, navigation and telephony features
Safety
2x Isofix child seat fitting on outer rear seats
3x Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests with height adjustable
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
Collision risk alert
Driver and front passenger side airbag
DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and ASR (Electronic Anti-skid System)
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
Post collision safety brake
Two 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
Keyless entry and start
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
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.087
CO2 (g/km) 100
HC+NOx 0.036
Noise Level dB(A) 69
NOx 0.017
Particles 0.0006
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 139
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 156
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 126
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 134
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 136
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 108
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 178
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 147
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 122
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
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 - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 68.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 72.4
EC Urban (mpg) 64.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 4.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 47.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 58.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 43.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 55.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 54.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 68.5
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 41.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 50.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 60.6
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 130
Coin Description BlueHDi 130
Coin Series Flair Plus
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 18E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 58
NCAP Safety Assist % 75
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 60 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
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
RDE Certification Level RDE 2
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/55 R19
Tyre Size Rear 205/55 R19
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style ART
Wheel Type 19" 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
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1630
Max. Loading Weight 590
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1250
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1430
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.4

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24 months 8,000 miles p/a £231.13 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £232.00 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £253.90 p/m Call Us
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £199.27 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £199.99 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £222.97 p/m Call Us
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £202.34 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £207.08 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £227.00 p/m Call Us
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £277.35 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £278.40 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £304.68 p/m Call Us
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £239.12 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £239.98 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £267.56 p/m Call Us
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £242.80 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £248.49 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £272.40 p/m Call Us
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Citroen connected CAM £200.00
Park assist - automatic parking guidance for bay parking plus parallel parking entry and exit £250.00
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £545.00
Panoramic opening glass roof with electric blind £990.00
Pearlescent paint £720.00
Perla nera black roof with perla nera door mirrors £250.00
Towbar with 13 pin electrical connection and trailer stability control £450.00
Interior Features
Hype cloth/nappa leather upholstery with brown ambience, Heated front seats, driver's seat massage and wireless smartphone charge £1,770.00
Packs
Black exterior pack - C5 Aircross £300.00
Exterior colour pack - Deep Red anodized - C5 Aircross FOC
Exterior colour pack - White anodized - C5 Aircross FOC
Paintwork
Metallic - Cumulus grey £545.00
Metallic - Perla Nera Black £545.00
Metallic - Platinum grey £545.00
Metallic - Tijuca blue £545.00
Metallic - Volcano Red £545.00
Pearl - Pearl white £720.00
Solid - Polar white FOC
Safety
Grip control £400.00
Trim
Hype cloth/nappa leather - Black/brown with brown ambience, Heated front seats, driver's seat massage and wireless smart phone charge £1,770.00
Metropolitan cloth/grained leather - Graphite/grey with grey ambience FOC
Wheels
19" Art black alloy wheels £100.00
Space saver spare wheel £100.00
* option prices shown are estimated