Citroën C5 Aircross review

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Sometimes in life, you just have to hold up your hands and admit it: “I don’t know”. It’s a tough thing to do, of course, especially if, like us, you pride yourself on not only knowing but also writing the chapters and the verses on your specialist subject. Well, sorry, even we have absolutely no clue where the word Aircross came from or exactly what it means; some sort of Olympic sport, perhaps?  

The only thing we do know is that when it comes to Citroëns, it means an SUV derivative, and the Citroën C5 Aircross featured here is the brand's largest SUV to date. Being built on the same platform that underpins the Peugeot 5008, our favourite large SUV, gives it a pretty good footing, and, being a Citroën, some of its design cues are as quirky as a Smurfette’s boudoir.

Quirky can be good when you want to stand out from the crowd, but is the C5 Aircross any good to drive, and should you be investing your hard-earned in one over its competitors? And let’s face it, SUVs are like breeding rabbits, so there are multiple to choose from, including the 5008, Skoda Kodiaq, Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V.

Read on to find out, and when you’re fully abreast of the facts, you can head straight to our New Car Buying page, where you’ll find great deals on any new car.

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There are 3 trims available for the C5 AIRCROSS hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Feel
The recommendable entry model comes with an infotainment package featuring an 8.0in touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring. You also get a 12.3in digital instrument pack, rear p...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
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Flair
Our pick by default at the moment, because we’ve only driven the 1.6 petrol engine that you cannot get in the cheaper Feel trim. It’s still not a bad option, though, because although it adds a chun...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
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£25,325
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Flair Plus
We wouldn’t recommend this trim because it’s too pricey for not a lot extra, other than keyless entry, a powered tailgate (with gesture control opening), adaptive cruise control, wireless phone cha...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£27,725
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