The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
You sit lower down in the Citroën C5 X than in most large SUVs but higher than you would in a raised estate car. We actually found the driving position more natural than the sit-up-and-beg type in the closely related Citroën C5 Aircross.
The car's Advanced Comfort Seats are lined with memory foam to make them soft but still supportive, and they can be adjusted for height and lumbar support on all trims. The driver gets customisable digital instruments and a clear, easy-to-read head-up display (standard on Shine models and above) to make really long journeys as pleasant as possible.
All trim levels get automatic wipers and bright automatic LED headlights to increase visibility at night.
Sat nav and infotainment
In higher-spec versions of the C5 X, you get a large 12.0in landscape-oriented touchscreen (you get an 8.0in one with Pure trim) mounted high up on the dashboard.
It's not as user-friendly as the infotainment systems in the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento but the graphics are pleasingly crisp and the screen responds fairly quickly to inputs. You also get wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring.
The standard eight-speaker stereo sounds punchy, but if you select the Shine Plus trim, you can upgrade to a more powerful system with a subwoofer and dashboard speaker for a reasonable sum.