Citroen C5 Aircross (2019) Review

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Citroen C5 Aircross (2019) At A Glance

Very practical. Comfortable thanks to extra foam in seats and Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. Three individually sliding and folding rear seats good for child seats.

Soft suspension makes it less assured on corners than a Peugeot 3008. Fiddly infotainment.

On average it achieves 71% of the official MPG figure

To make a splash in a market that includes the Nissan Qashqai, SEAT Ateca and Kia Sportage, you have to do something a little unusual. Especially when you're as late to the party as Citroen is with its C5 Aircross.

Citroen says it market research reveals that, while crossover SUV buyers love their cars, they do have their frustrations. Practicality is one: often, cars of this ilk aren't as practical as you might expect. Comfort is another. With manufacturers focusing on appearance and a sporty driving experience, something has to be sacrificed - and that's often things like ride quality.

The Citroen C5 Aircross does things differently, in a way that we're very used to from the quirky French brand. Highlights include a 15mm layer of thick, mattress-like foam on the seats. In the back, meanwhile, there are three individual seats that can slide, fold or recline to create a space that suits.

The result is an interior that's very practical, with plenty of head and legroom for passengers in the front and rear. Boot space can range from 580 to 720 litres depending on the position of the rear seats, increasing to 1630 if you drop them flat (an easy process to do). That's a considerably bigger boot than rivals, and even bigger than the Citroen C4 Spacetourer MPV. The rear seat is significantly wider than in a Peugeot 3008.

There's also a trick new suspension system which uses Citroen's Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. This is designed to reduce sudden jolts. Combined with 19-inch wheels carrying deep profile 205/55 R19 tyres this gives a 'magic carpet effect' with a ride that floats over bumps and dips in the road. 

At launch, buyers could choose from a combination of petrol and diesel engines, ranging from a 130PS 1.2-litre Puretech petrol to a 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel producing 180PS. A plug-in hybrid version follows in 2020, with four-wheel drive and a 200PS petrol engine linked to a pair of electric motors to create a combined 300PS. This is expected to be capable of covering 37 miles on electric power alone.

Citroen faces a tough challenge with the C5 Aircross. It's a much better car than the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, but actually getting onto the radar of potential customers is a huge task.

If you're willing to think outside the box, however, the C5 Aircross is an extremely competent crossover. It's very practical, looks a bit unusual and has an impressive engine line-up. It won't appeal to enthusiastic drivers but it unashamedly focuses on comfort. And that's not a bad thing for a family crossover.

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Real MPG average for a Citroen C5 Aircross (2019)

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29–61 mpg

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Could you recommend a comfortable car for my next lease?
"I have a BMW X5 40e. The lease is coming up for renewal and the new version is much more expensive. I'd like to know what you think of the nearest equivalent cars which may cost less. The main reason I've gone for the X5 is the comfortable seats as I have a back problem. Thank you very much."
Do you need a car as big as the X5? A Volvo XC60 could be a good choice. It's still a premium car, with very comfortable seats and a plug-in hybrid option. If you're happy with something less premium, consider a Citroen C5 Aircross. It's probably the most comfortable mainstream SUV. There's a PHEV option, too.
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Could you suggest a petrol SUV under £25,000?
"We have been driving a Nissan X-Trail for the past five years and it’s been great: reliable, very comfy and decent on fuel but it’s a diesel and we only do short drives these days. Please could you advise a petrol alternative? We tried a Kia but it wasn’t very comfortable compared to the X-Trail. We would have liked another Nissan but not sure on the Nissan petrol SUVs. Thanks."
How about a Citroen C5 Aircross? It's a bit of a left-field choice and very comfortable with a good Puretech 130 petrol engine. Also consider a Skoda Karoq.
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Are long new car wait times going to affect the used car market?
"I have just been told by a Citroen main dealer that the lead time for a new C5 Aircross is going to be about nine months and - due to the shortage - prices will be high. It may be that manufacturers will try and control the stock availability, which could also affect the nearly new and used market as well. Is that right?"
That's right. We recently contacted a number of dealers, posing as a car buyer, in order to find out what wait times were looking like. One SEAT showroom said they were not taking any orders for new factory cars until further notice, while another admitted that customers would face delays of up to five months for a new factory-built Ibiza. Ford is currently quoting a 22-week lead time for a factory ordered Focus and 18-weeks for a new Fiesta. It's a six-month wait for a new Golf. You can read more about this here: The choice is essentially to wait for a factory-built car or buy from stock that was already here before lockdown began in March. However, that means you could see savings on pre-reg models that've been depreciating in that time. Pre-registered cars are effectively surplus stock, sold cheaply to dealers who then register them before selling them on as ‘ex-demo’ or ‘delivery mileage’. You can see some examples of a C5 Aircross (with less than 1000 miles, and less than a year old) here: Used car prices are also falling and are predicted to continue doing so for a while, according to the experts we spoke to:
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Replacement for Ford Kuga
"My 2012 Ford Kuga has 137,000 miles on the clock and has recently begun to suffer from mechanical problems. What should I replace it with? Another Kuga or a Hyundai Tucson? "
A Hyundai Tucson isn't a bad option although it's feeling a bit dated compared to the latest rivals. I'd look at a Skoda Karoq, Citroen C5 Aircross or Peugeot 3008.
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What does a Citroen C5 Aircross (2019) cost?

Buy new from £20,726 (list price from £25,615)
Contract hire from £184.79 per month