2019 Citroen C5 Aircross - reader test team review

Does this all-new, £23k five-seat large SUV truly provide class-leading practicality?...

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Kris Culmer
22 February 2019

Citroen C5 Aircross reader test team

It's very rare these days that a new car sticks out like a sore thumb, but Citroën has managed just that with its new C5 Aircross large SUV. 

Underneath that cartoonish styling is the same platform as the Peugeot 5008, our current favourite car in this class. Petrol engines are 128bhp 1.2-litre and 181bhp 1.6-litre units, while the diesels are a 128bhp 1.5 and a 178bhp 2.0, all of them driving the front wheels. What’s more, plug-in hybrid power – up to 300bhp of it – will be offered from 2020.

Citroën says the C5 Aircross is more practical than any of its rivals, evidenced by individually sliding and reclining rear seats and a boot 74 litres larger than the Mazda CX-5’s. Tech is also key, with an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3in digital instrument display fitted as standard and 20 active safety systems available.

Will all this tempt our readers to buy? We set up an exclusive preview of the car to find out.


Jeremy Kennett Age 49 Job Trading standards officer Drives Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

Citroen C5 Aircross reader test team

“We bought our current car for its space. The huge boot is great for trips to university or the tip, but we don’t often use the third-row seats, so the C5 Aircross looks more suitable.

“The fact that all three rear seats slide and recline individually is excellent, and there’s easily enough head and leg room for adults. Plus, the seats are really comfortable; I just hope that the ride matches that, as promised, because comfort should be key in any Citroën. 

“The C5 Aircross’s boot space is reasonable, certainly enough for everyday use, even if it’s not as voluminous as my Grand C4 Picasso’s.

“There’s a lovely feel in the front. The materials are good, while everything has a smart appearance and is nicely finished.

“I like the fact that the infotainment system has shortcut buttons, rather than being entirely touchscreen-based, because it makes it much easier to control while you’re driving.

“I’d go for the 1.6-litre diesel engine, because it has proved very good in my car, although I’d choose the six-speed manual gearbox this time, because the eight-speed automatic gearbox holds the engine back. 

“That you can choose from 30 colour schemes is unusual and very appealing. I love the exterior styling, but I do feel that the Airbumps are now too understated.”

Rated 5 out of 5

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