Citroën C5 Aircross long-term test: report 4

Citroën's family SUV has been upgraded inside and under the skin. But what's it like to live with? We're finding out...

C5 Aircross rear driveby

The car Citroën C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid 225 Shine Run by Kiall Garrett, senior videographer

Why it’s here Can the C5 Aircross PHEV be practical and efficient enough to cope with a What Car? videographer's shooting needs?

Needs to be Have impressive fuel economy on long motorway and town journeys to shoots, while having enough space to store lots of camera equipment

Mileage 12,588 List price £35,395 Target Price £34,354 Price as tested £37,030 Test economy 53.2mpg Official economy 222.3mpg

6 June 2023 – Bank holiday rides

With beautiful weather and a never-ending run of bank holidays, my Citroën C5 Aircross has been getting some dreamy holiday miles under its tyres.

Unfortunately, I’m not the only person who fancies a road trip to the coast when the sun is out. So, one weekend, with the rest of the population of Britain, I headed to Brighton.

Driving the C5 Aircross

The journey down the M23 from Croydon is usually painfully slow and unpleasant (especially for a Crystal Palace fan). But in the C5 Aircross it was anything but.

Well, it was still slow. There’s not much Citroen can do about traffic. And I’m still upset that Brighton finished above Palace in the league. But the C5’s whisper-quiet interior, and cosseting motorway ride (the real standout area of the car) meant the 44 miles in two hours were, at least, done in supreme comfort.

Broken EV charger

The only stress I felt was at the end of my journey. I reached a car park chosen beforehand thanks to its plethora of electric chargers and guess what? Of the four, not a single one was working.

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