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 Petrol car starts at £1995 Advance Payment in Shine trim and Automatics at £2195 in C-Series trim. The sole Diesel offering is the Automatic in C-Series trim at £2195 Advance Payment.