Citroen C5 Aircross

 

The C5 Aircross is built on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008/5008, Vauxhall Grandland X, DS 7 and even the new Peugeot Rifter and Citroen Berlingo but it has a look and feel all its own, it is taller than all the competition and has Progressive Hydraulic Cushions which flatten out the bumps in the road so if you are able to get in (it’s 4cm higher than the DS7) then the ride should be to your liking. The boot is an excellent 580 litres in size or up to 720 litres with the second-row seats pushed forward, these also slide and recline individually but have isofix points on the outer two only. 

 

Three trim lines, C-Series, Sense Plus and Shine, the top trim Shine Plus is no longer offered on the Scheme. Every model gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, Entry-level C Series has Driver Assistance pack (including intelligent beam headlights and Adaptive cruise control) smartphone connectivity via the Connect Play software, reversing camera, keyless entry and start and rear privacy tints. Sense trim has 18 inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, and rear parking sensors, Mid-level Shine adds front parking sensors, keyless entry and start,  rear view camera, privacy glass, Electric, heated and folding body coloured door mirrors with integrated LED indicator and kerb puddle light. 

 

The C5 Aircross has one diesel and one petrol choice. The 1.2 litre 4 cylinder 129 bhp petrol this quarter is available paired to a six speed manual gearbox or the EAT8 automatic. The performance is an acceptable 10.5 seconds to reach 62mph and economy a claimed 42.8 miles per gallon.  The Diesel 1.5 litre offers the same 129 bhp but with the advantage of a little more mid range grunt. The 6 speed auto to EAT8 auto 1.5 diesel cuts the 0-62mph tape in 10.4 seconds as a manual or 11.8 seconds as an auto, The claimed fuel economy is 56.5 miles per gallon as a manual or 53.3 as an automatic. The manual Diesel and Petrol cars start at £2595 Advance Payment and Automatic diesels at £3795  and Auto petrols at £3895.  The C5 Aircross is no longer available as a Plugin Hybrid on the Scheme.

Summer Best Buy – Citroen C5 Aircross ‘Shine’ 1.2 Petrol or 1.5 diesel 129 bhp Manual  –  £2595 Advance Payment (£1405 wpms)