VIDEO: Citroen C5 Aircross - bargain Range Rover or world's soggiest crossover?

Published 14 February 2020

It's very obvious that Citroen wants the C5 Aircross to be the most comfortable crossover money can buy...but are the dynamic consequences too great? 

Click play below to watch Mark's video review.


hissingsid    4 days ago

Why keep moaning about the shortcomings of the diesel engine? Who buys a diesel nowadays? Diesel is dying out for passenger cars, so if you want this car buy the petrol version.

Some of us applaud Citroen's emphasis on comfort, rather than ability to corner fast. What puts me off Citroens is their over reliance on touchscreens and "tech", especially given the reputation for unreliable elecrics on French cars.Having to navigate a touchscreen menu whilst driving, when all you want to do is adjust the heater settings for example, is dangerous.

Finally, why was the review constantly interrupted by pointless annoying pop video clips?

MarkNichol    4 days ago

Okay then...

1. I was reviewing a diesel car. Diesels are still on sale. Some people buy them. My next door neighbour Alan just bought a diesel. I can get you more names if you still want to know more people who buy them nowadays.

2. Why keep moaning about the shortcomings of touchscreens? Most cars have them now. If you don't want one in your car, buy a car without one.

3. I like them.

Thanks for your contribution.

Love, Mark.

Marcus T.    4 days ago

If I was buying a new vehicle it would still be the same as my current car. a diesel 4x4, that can tow.

Bruno123    3 days ago

Geordies make the best car reviewers.

MarkNichol    17 hours ago

Couldn’t agree more. :-)

Edited by MarkNichol on 17/02/2020 at 22:02

Glaikit Wee Scunner {P}    2 days ago

Touch screen controls are distracting and over complicated and difficult to touch when driving along. In my Skoda VAG.

Steamdrivenandy    2 days ago

Ee Mark you must have the biggest jumper drawer in the country.

Lawlessbreed    yesterday

Good reviews well presented except his humour do not need so many visual interruptions.

Tattoos may please the owners but rarely bring the same pleasure to viewers

SCSmith    18 hours ago

I agree with not liking touch screen controls, but for this reason; in a right hand drive car, a right handed person has to use their left hand; but also because you have to look at the screen to operate it. In my A6, like many other cars, once you've glanced at the control knob you need (a split second), you can operate it without looking at it.

   18 hours ago

Flippy eck why can't this bloke just tell us properly about the cars, if I want a comedian or a semaphore signaller I would not read a car review newsletter.!
A right turn off ....which is what I did

MarkNichol    17 hours ago

That’s a flippy shame.

Edited by MarkNichol on 17/02/2020 at 22:06

Plodding Along    3 hours ago

I totally disagree! Mark is without a doubt the best, most down to earth and most entertaining car reviewer out there!

Many times I have laughed out loud at his brilliantly put together videos that are far, far more fun to watch than so many bland car reviews.

You keep up the excellent work, Mark!

P.S Good to know you like the Pug 3008 - ours is coming up to 2 years old now and I still absolutely love getting in it and going on long drives. Really great car that does everyrhing we want it to...


Edited by Plodding Along on 18/02/2020 at 11:54

   18 hours ago

Citroen? £1000+ to replace electronic handbrake on C5. Never again. (Electronic handbrake on any make - never again!)

   16 hours ago

If you use the voice commands you don’t need let go of the steering wheel

Johnno431    6 hours ago

Here’s how it looks to me:
1. The government has moved the goalpost four times in the last five years - diesel//petrol// hybrid/ev.
2. EVs are priced at such a premium that a private buyer cannot make financial sense of it.
3. Now HMG in its infinite wisdom is going to outlaw PHEVs .
So, now that we’ve seen residuals on petrol cars - then diesel cars - now we have plugin hybrids added to the category of “devil incarnate”.
the simple answer is to keep the car you currently have !
(a) it will last at least 20years (time for govt to make up its tiny mind)
(b) your car will depreciate less each year until it owes you nothing.

soldierboy 001    5 hours ago

Door cards a term we use for door trim that only covers the holy bits in the door, door panel one that covers the whole of the inside of the door. Why go to the expense of engineering for right hand drive when you will only sell 2 x RHD of the model. Citroen only sell cars that they massively discount, which seems to be all the time in Spain. If people don't like the way you review they should just p*** off elsewhere we don't want to hear them complaining because we like you.

Wenlock    5 hours ago

Hand sits nicely on the gear lever whilst driving.
What happened to both hands on the wheel for safety?

How can the Honest John site that I have known and trusted since it started put out such an anti safety message?

Whatever else is said about the car etc., you should be supporting safety and preventing the wrong message going out to young drivers.

Alastair Gordon    12 minutes ago

This shambolic review puts me off Honest John - which is a serious pity as I have relied on Honest John info and advice for many years.

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