New redesigned Citroën C5 Aircross driving test

The second most popular family SUV behind its cousin, the unbeatable Peugeot 3008, the C5 Aircross is undergoing its first, large, mid-race redesign.

They have long had a soft and playful design, started in 2014 by the first C4 Cactus and followed by the C3, Since then, Citroën has been working to virilize the lines of its models. After the redesigned C3 Aircross, it is the turn of the eponymous C5 to offer a more serious look, taking the stylistic codes of the C4 and C5X. Farewell to the jovial, plump look of the old C5 Aircross that made it look like a big C3. Even a toy Playmobil. This redesigned version features a layered front panel. The double chevron is now isolated in the center of the grille and continues with subtle little piano touches to the new optics they adopt. the same elongated Y light signature as the C4 and C5X. Which reminds me of … Dacia. On the lower floor, the generous shield is underlined by new vertical aerodynamic blades to replace the previous ones, rounder and more massive, which were only fictitious. Finally, at the bottom, a new blade / protective shoe – black or shiny aluminum – underlines the set, framed by small fog lamps. Enough to give it more seriousness and elegance. There are no changes to the profile, apart from the black lacquered mirror covers and the new 18 ”diamond-cut aluminum rims. We find the famous protective Airbumps and a generous distance to the ground of 23 cm that allows you to venture, sometimes, on a steep path. At the back, although the shape of the lights remains unchanged, they adopt a new three-dimensional signature, in relief, reminiscent of the front. A deeper restyling than it seems. And very successful.

The same observation in the cabin where if the changes are modest they change the atmosphere in a very marked way. The main thing refers to the central part of the board with the adoption ofa redesigned touch screen, both slightly larger (10 inches instead of 8) and located higher and lower, for ease of use and reading. Too bad its interface, which is not always very sensitive and offers a rather arbitrary image definition, remains unchanged. Piano touch keys provide shortcuts, such as access to air conditioning controls. The four vertical aerators that surrounded it are supplanted by two more elegant horizontal ones. The center console is also completely redesigned and adopts, above all, an automatic control of the gearbox. by sliding and a larger storage compartment. You can incorporate an inductive, poorly charged phone charger as an option to our glossy top finish. Other small changes include a new dashboard cover, new environments, and new fabrics, including one with a “skin effect.” As for the combined digital counters, which can be customized as desired, it remains unchanged, still offering excellent readability.

We enjoy very good comfort

Perfectly installed on the steering wheel, with a dominant driving position just what is needed, and very good visibility, we enjoy a very good comfort thanks to the famous seats AdvancedComfort loved by Citroën, which are characterized by their high-density foam equipped with a receiving layer whose thickness has been increased to 15 mm. Your comfort has also been improved with a new lumbar support design, electrically adjustable to our test model. Which also enjoyed a massage that we would have preferred with ventilation. A matter of taste! At the rear, there are, as before, three individual seats, sliding and folding, which allow you to modulate the volume of the trunk from 580 to 720 liters, the best value in the category.. And up to 1,630 liters with the seats folded down. It remains a decent legroom, but not exceptional, despite a wheelbase of 2.73 m.

Lightweight and precise, the steering contributes to the smooth driving of this familiar SUV. A smoothness that coincides with that of the small 1.2-liter PureTech petrol engine, whose low torque – 230 Nm at 1,750 rpm – here, well supported by the Eat8 automatic transmission, partly compensates for the modest power (131 hp). . If this crew fits in perfectly with the behavior of a responsible parent, you shouldn’t ask for too much. On the delightful, steep and winding roads of the interior of Nice, which we like to enjoy at a more sustained pace, the small 3-cylinder – which here weighs more than 1,400 kg to tow – quickly loses its luster and then asks for inopportunely the automatic gearbox that sometimes hesitates between two gears, causing small shocks, even when using the paddles on the steering wheel. And consumption is increasing. The same users of this blog report an average that quickly exceeded 10 liters per 100 km … The chassis is not enough to scare the chassis, which, although less incisive than the Peugeot 3008, and equipped with infinitely more flexible cushioning, nevertheless offers great rigor while proving to be reassuring.. As we could see last winter on snow and ice, shoes with ad hoc envelopes. However, fans of the most covered engines will have no choice but the 225 hp rechargeable hybrid since the abandonment of the 180 hp PureTech version. A 4-cylinder that we find precisely within the kinematic chain of this hybrid.

In addition to very smooth driving and soft seats, which are especially quiet on long journeys, comfort is assured by the famous shock absorbers with double progressive hydraulic stop that swallows with desire small and big unevenness of the coating, including our beloved speed reducers that have become as effective and numerous as speed cameras. Without equaling the comfort of the illustrious hydropneumatic suspension (see our editorial test). To this is added a very careful soundproofing that benefits from an acoustic side glazing. In terms of equipment, this Shine finish benefits from the full range of safety with emergency braking, blind spot detection, drowsiness and collision alerts, panel reading, automatic headlights or autonomous level driving. 2 with adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and stop & go function.
Stylish and more “statutory”, this redesigned C5 Aircross looks well equipped to tackle the second half of its career, while retaining its core qualities of smooth driving and comfort. It remains a very limited mechanical option.

To buy

Try the Citroën C5 Aircross PureTech 130 Eat8
Proven version: € 36,950 (Shine)
From: € 27,850 / € 33,350 (bvm / bva)
Average manufacturer / average test consumption (l / 100km): 6.5-6.7 / 10.5
CO2 / bonus-penalty: 148-151 / 818-1,074 €
Fiscal power: 7 hp
Country of manufacture: France

Range offered
: 130 CV, from € 27,850 to € 38,400
Diesel : 130 CV, from € 30,600 to € 40,200
Hybrid : 225 CV, from 41,750 to 47,250 €


Engine : 3 cylinders, direct fuel injection, turbo, variable intake, stop & start, DPF, 1,199 cc
Transmission : front-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic
Powerful (cv @ rpm): 131 hp @ 5,500
Couple (Nm to rpm): 230 to 1,750
Weight (kg): 1,420
Length. (m): 4.50 × 1.96 × 1.69
wheelbase (m): 2.73
top speed (km / h): 188 km / h
0-100 km / h : 10”3
0-1000m DA : 31”7
Standard tires : 225/55 R18
Tire test : Michelin Primacy 4


Rear legroom: 67
Front / rear elbow width: 150/149
5/2 pit (l): 580-720 / 1.630

Recommended options

  • Induction charger (150 €)
  • Hands-free (450 €)
  • Electric driver’s seat, heating (and passenger) (550 €)
  • Panoramic covered opening (€ 1,200)

Main competitors

  • Peugeot 3008 PT 130, 131 CV, from € 32,600
  • Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCe 140, 140 hp, from € 32,400 *
  • Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDi, 150 hp, from € 30,200
  • Nissan Qashqai 1.3 Mild Hybrid, 140 hp, from € 30,190
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSi130 hp, from € 39,135
    * Replaced this fall by Austral

We love

Driving smoothness
Modularity-volume of load

We love each other less

Rear legroom

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