Citroen C5X: Segment-straddling crossover revealed

Published 13 April 2021

Citroen’s new C5 X is hard to pin down in terms of shape. But what we can tell you is that it’ll be comfortable, well-equipped and spacious. We also expect it to start at around £30,000, with the first deliveries predicted towards the end of 2021/early 2022.

The C5 X looks like a mishmash of bodystyles — with the raised body of an SUV and the sloping roofline of an estate. With that said, it still looks unmistakable Citroen, just look at the new C4.

You can expect the C5 X to come loaded with standard equipment in an attempt to turn buyers away from more mainstream alternatives like the Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb and Kodiaq – cars that tend to have sturdier residuals and lower monthly payments.

In terms of dimensions, the Citroen C5 X is 4805 mm long, 1865 mm wide and 1485 mm high. Inside, a huge infotainment screen keeps buttons to a minimum, while large windows and an opening sunroof help make the cabin feel bright.

The interior sees colourful finishes and padded textile trims, alongside the Advanced Comfort Seats — which are stuffed with dual-density foam. All models come with laminated front and rear windows, too, which filter out road and wind noise.

Citroen C5 X Side Profile

You also get Citroen’s well-known soft suspension — with standard models using Advanced Comfort Suspension and pricier PHEV models seeing an advanced version of this system with three settings.

The Citroen C5 X comes as standard with a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, four USB type C plugs and wireless phone charging. An extended head-up display is also available.

You can expect the Citroen C5 X to have plenty of space up front for tall adults, but it's the masses of the rear-seat room that Citroen claims will be the most notable. The Citroen's 2785 mm wheelbase is just a millimetre short of what a Passat offers, which in combination with its high roofline means you can expect to have plenty of space in the back.

The boot, meanwhile, has a 545-litre capacity with smaller storage areas built-in. That capacity stretches to 1640 litres with the back seats folded away.

Citroen C5X Interior

As for engines, The first powertrain to be announced is the range-topping 225PS plug-in hybrid. It’ll do more than 31 miles in electric-only mode, according to the French manufacturer. The idea being that you use the electric motor for short commutes while still having the petrol engine to fall back on for longer journeys.

They’ve also ruled out a diesel option due to low demand.

But, the C5 X will be capable of Level 2 autonomy. This means it can accelerate, brake and steer itself on the motorway and in queuing traffic. It'll also apply the brakes if it detects an imminent collision while you're reversing and you'll be able to specify a 360-degree camera that gives you a birds-eye view of the car when you're parking.

The Citroen C5 X is likely to be priced from around £30,000, going up to more than £40,000 for a top-of-the-range plug-in hybrid model. The C5 X will go on sale later this year with first deliveries expected towards the end of 2021/early 2022.

Citroen C5X Rear (1)


William Holness    on 15 April 2021

Looks very attractive but who'd buy a new one? The residuals on Citroens are terrible.

Edited by William Holness on 15/04/2021 at 19:58

nrm1969    on 15 April 2021

Looks interesting but why is tech a notable feature in car reviews, 12" screen, 4 usbs, wireless phone charger. That it isn't what cars are about. Is it good to drive, will the seats ruin your back, can you see out of it?

Edited by nrm1969 on 15/04/2021 at 22:21

   on 16 April 2021

If you could afford £40,000 would you want to buy it. So much choice in that price range. I actual!y like Citroen cars but tend to buy 2-3 year olds because of their price drop.

C Buisseret    on 16 April 2021

I totally agree with the last comment. You know the driving comfort in a big Citroen will be second to none, an effortless mile eater, with superbly efficient electronics. But in the UK, Citroen has never enjoyed a great reputation, even though their engineering is world beating.
I look forward to a used model ( to replace my superbly comfortable C5 Tourer perhaps)

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