What's the used Citroën C5 AIRCROSS hatchback like?
Citroën historically specialised in designing cars with a comfortable ride above all else. This is perhaps why the Citroën C5 Aircross has such supple suspension: to tie in with tradition.
An SUV needs a decent engine, too, and fortunately the C5 Aircross has two turbo petrol and two diesel options that are perfectly adept at hauling around a large SUV around. The perky 128bhp 1.2-litre petrol is a great all-rounder, while those who demand a bit more urge can always go for the additional punch of the 178bhp 1.6-litre unit. Or if fuel economy is more of a concern, there's the refined 128bhp 1.6-litre petrol and torque-laden diesels.
Unlike some five-seat large SUVs, such as the Mazda CX-5, the C5 Aircross isn’t one for attacking the bends, because its soft suspension leads to unusually pronounced body lean for a modern pseudo-off-roader. The feather-light steering isn’t the most communicative out there, either. Grip is still strong enough for you to maintain decent progress down a twisty road, although you might get complaints of nausea from your passengers due to the amount it can sway through corners.
Speaking of passengers, there shouldn’t be any quarrels over the amount of space inside, unless you go for the Feel Plus model, which gets a panoramic glass roof. Those in front shouldn’t have any issues, but taller people in the back will have to slouch slightly to clear the lower roof lining. The rear bench is made of three separate seats that fold individually and can even slide fore and aft to allow passengers to stretch their legs or increase boot space. The boot in question isn’t the biggest in the class, but it is tall and square and has a wide opening to help loading bulky items.
One note of disappointment is that for a car aimed at families, the glovebox is very small, because the fusebox behind it takes up space. There is a large centre console and decent door pocket space to make up for this, though.
Entry-level Feel trim brings a comprehensive list of standard equipment that includes 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate, rear parking sensors, a 12.3in digital instrument display and an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Mid-range Flair adds 18in alloys, sat-nav, a height-adjustable boot floor, cruise control, front parking sensors and a rear-view camera, while Flair Plus gets 19in alloys, a powered tailgate, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic glass roof and keyless entry.
Every model comes with automatic emergency braking as standard, along with blindspot monitoring and lane departure warning, while the optional Safety Pack adds lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition.
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