Citroën C5 Aircross long-term test review: report 4

Citroën's largest SUV is based on the same underpinnings as the What Car? Award-winning Peugeot 5008, but is it as easy to live with? We're finding out...

Citroën C5 Aircross long-term test review
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What Car? team
4 Sep 2019 08:00

The car Citroën C5 Aircross Puretech 180 Flair Run by Alastair Clements, special contributor

Why it’s here Citroën’s new entry into the congested large SUV market offers something different, with an approach that favours comfort over dynamic excellence

Needs to Offer more than just quirky looks and a supple ride. In this class, nothing short of brilliance will do


Mileage 4475 List price £28,930 Target Price £27,182 Price as tested £29,050 Test economy 30.8mpg


4 September 2019 – This boot was made for families

As my family continues to expand, most recently with the arrival of a second dog, the size and practicality of my car’s luggage bay takes on increasing importance.

Citroën C5 Aircross long-term test review

So the fact that the C5 Aircross's boot has thus far barely warranted a mention is very much in its favour. While space in the rear seats could be better (my kids are too small to whinge, but taller teens might), the 720-litre luggage capacity is towards the top of the class and has so far proved plenty.

Citroën C5 Aircross long-term test review

It helps that my dog is sprightly enough to leap aboard, because the loading lip is fairly high, but the floor is level (unless you drop it for a bit of extra storage space) and the space sensibly square, with no irritating intrusions.

Citroën C5 Aircross long-term test review

The only real gripe concerns the two-piece rear shelf. All splitting it does is increase the chance of rattles and make it fiddlier to remove and store. A retractable cover would be more useful.

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