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1 September 2019: Another 2,000 Miles in HJ's Citroen C5 Aircross

The Details

Current mileage 3,323
Claimed economy 70.6mpg
Actual economy 48.69mpg

Most of the mileage on my Citroen C5 Aircross is tripping between Surrey and Northumberland, which explains my high number of fuel receipts from Shell, Barnsdale Bar in Yorkshire.

However, I have begun to appreciate the considerable capacity of its load area. Not only does my collectors fair stand fit easily behind me, it doesn’t obstruct rear vision.

Citroen C5 Aircross 2019 Toy Fair Stand In Car 2

And (I don’t have a photo), but when the family motor mower needed repair, it easily fitted sideways in the load bed with the rear seats up.

In my first report I mentioned that the satnav could not take postal codes, but Simon Broome of Citroen kindly sent instructions how to input them.

Citroen C5 Aircross Postcode Input

Simple when you know how. Just touch Search, then key in the postal code without any gap. The system then suggests an address that matches the post code and all you have to do is press OK.

It didn’t help on a visit to Bruntingthorpe to drive the new Astra, though. The postcode took me to some industrial buildings very close to the actual location, but with no access, so I had to use my common sense and circumnavigate the airfield to get there. (I’m not blaming Citroen for that, of course.)

Citroen C5 Aircross 2019 Self -steering 2 70 (1)

I’ve been using the self-steer more often to relieve the tedium of motorway driving. Good for arthritic wrists, but cannot be 100% relied upon. Doesn’t always follow the road markings. Sometimes gets uncomfortably close to HGVs while overtaking. We’re a long way from full autonomy there.

The Active Cruise Control also has a quirk possibly not contemplated when it was designed. A few places on the A1 northbound have right-hand sliproads. If a car in front turns onto that sliproad, then brakes, the radar picks it up and brakes the C5 Aircross as if the other car was directly in front. At least, that tells me it’s working.

Citroen C5 Aircross 2019 F34 1

Cross-country, as road surfaces get worse, I increasingly appreciate the absorbent suspension, tyres and seats. I’d rather have that than pin sharp steering and backache. However, I think the 3008 GT line in the same 205/55 R19 Michelin Primacy 3 tyres is closer to my ideal.

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No AdBlue problems yet. I’ve topped it up a couple of times from the supplies in my shed. Fuel economy has become slightly better, but took a dip of about 6mpg after Shell Barnsdale Bar ran out of V-Power diesel and I was forced to used Fuelsave.

Road-testing the Audi Q3 Sportback showed up the superiority of PSA’s instinctive EAT8 torque converter automatic to VAG’s best DQ381 and DQ500 S tronic DSGs. In the Aircross I never, ever need to resort to the paddles. That said, the ZF 9HP 9-speeder in the latest Astra diesel is even better, making paddles so redundant they aren’t even fitted. (See Page 15 of ‘Autocar’ 28-8-19)

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