2021 Citroën C5X large SUV revealed: price, specs and release date
New range-topping Citroën C5X large SUV gets plug-in hybrid power and a high-tech interior...
On sale: Autumn 2021 | Price from: £35,000 (est)
The new Citroën C5X is a lot like the Palace of Versailles, which once housed France’s noble elite. Both are big, both are unashamedly luxurious, and for those who enter either, it’s hoped that it will be an experience to remember. Indeed, the C5X is the largest and most luxurious car the brand will make.
Although a range of petrol engines will come soon, the focus for now is on the plug-in hybrid version of the C5X, which mates a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to produce a combined 222bhp. The anticipated 13.2kWh battery offers an official electric-only range of up to 31 miles between charges – a little less than the similarly equipped C5 Aircross can manage, and less than the Sorento plug-in hybrid.
The C5X comes with adaptive suspension that can be stiffened up or softened off to suit the driving conditions. Driving assistance features include adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assistance, blindspot monitoring and a 360deg camera.
Inside, the C5X gets Citroën’s Advanced Comfort seats, which we like in the C5 Aircross because they’re comfortable for long motorway stints. The rest of the interior looks suitably regal, with wood trim running the width of the dashboard, a panoramic glass roof and windows that have been specially treated to keep noise to a minimum. In front of the driver is a digital instrument cluster that can show a variety of information, plus a head-up display so that you don’t need to take your eyes off the road to view the sat-nav map.
The centre of the dashboard is dominated by a 12.0in touchscreen infotainment system that features a new interface inspired by smartphones, and there are physical controls below it for the air conditioning. Four USB-C ports are included to make sure everyone can charge their devices, plus there’s wireless smartphone mirroring.
While the 545-litre boot shouldn’t have any trouble handling a family’s holiday luggage, it’s worth noting that the Sorento and 5008, and indeed the smaller C5 Aircross, can carry substantially more.
Buying the C5X won’t cost you a king’s ransom, with prices for the plug-in hybrid version likely to start at around £35,000, and less than that once regular petrol-engined models join the range.
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