What Car? says...
The Citroën C5 Aircross is your archetypical Citroën. The brochure blurb calls it the ‘Comfort class SUV’, and it certainly has the French brand’s famously supple ride.
Plus, those quirky looks could only really come from a company that arguably knows more than any other carmaker about avant-garde design.
The C5 Aircross has pedigree DNA, too. Under its skin you’ll find engines and mechanicals that are shared with the Peugeot 5008, which is one of our favourite large SUVs. They include regular petrol and diesel options, along with a plug-in hybrid.
The Large SUV class is a broad church, covering everything from premium cars, including the Audi Q5 and BMW X3,to seven-seaters such as the Kia Sorento, another favourite of ours. There are also proper off-roaders – the Land Rover Discovery Sport, for example – which can scurry up muddy hills.
The Citroën C5 Aircross is available as a five-seater only and, with no four-wheel-drive option, it doesn’t really do rough-and-tumble stuff. Instead, it tempts buyers with a price that undercuts its 5008 cousin and competes at the more affordable end of the class, vying with the Mazda CX-5 and MG HS and other rivals.
So you already know how many seats it has, that it offers a smooth ride and that you won't need a second mortgage to own one, but what about everything else? Does it have enough room for you and your family, and does it make good financial sense in the long run? These questions and more will be answered over the next few pages.
At a glance
|Number of trims||4 see more|
|Number of engines||3 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||petrol, hybrid, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||222.3 - 60.8|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£755 / £1,949|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,510 / £3,899|
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