Citroën C5 X review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Performance & drive

Citroen C5X 2022 rear
  • Citroen C5X 2022 front
  • Citroen C5X 2022 rear
  • Citroen C5X 2022 dashboard
  • Citroen C5X 2022 boot
  • Citroën C5 X 2022 interior infotainment
  • Citroen C5X 2022 side
  • Citroen C5X 2022 nose
  • 2021 Citroen C5X interior
  • Citroen C5X Heater Controls
  • 2021 Citroen C5X interior
  • Citroen C5X 2022 front
  • Citroen C5X 2022 rear
  • Citroen C5X 2022 dashboard
  • Citroen C5X 2022 boot
  • Citroën C5 X 2022 interior infotainment
  • Citroen C5X 2022 side
  • Citroen C5X 2022 nose
  • 2021 Citroen C5X interior
  • Citroen C5X Heater Controls
  • 2021 Citroen C5X interior
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

We test drove the Citroën C5 X with a 128bhp 1.2-litre PureTech 130 engine. You might imagine that such a small unit would struggle to pull this large SUV along, but acceleration is more than respectable. It’s certainly more tractable than the Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv petrol.

We’ve yet to sample the 178bhp 1.6-litre PureTech 180 petrol, but judging by our experience in the PureTech 130, we’re not sure why you’d want to spend the extra. We'll be sure to let you know what it's like when we've driven it, though.

You do feel a bit of a thump when you drive over something with a really sharp edge, though. The effect is a little more pronounced in the PHEV model due to the extra weight of its batteries (adaptive dampers can only do so much).

Citroen C5X 2022 rear

Handling

While Citroën is obsessed with comfort, it seems not to care much about sportiness, and the C5 X exhibits plenty of body lean if you turn into a bend at speed.

It’s quite pleasant to steer though, responding fairly faithfully to your inputs and letting go gradually when it starts to wash wide in a corner. If you want more steering feel and entertaining handling, you’d be better off looking at the Ford Kuga or Seat Tarraco.

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