Citroen C5 Aircross review - Interior, design and technology
The C5 Aircross features interesting design cues, but onboard tech is only average
As you’d expect, the larger C5 Aircross follows the design themes established by the smaller C3 Aircross, with slim LED daytime running lights that run into the familiar Citroen grille, with its oversized double chevrons. The headlamps sit below, while the chunky apron beneath gets a choice of white, red or silver-ringed anodised sections – all refreshingly individual in this market area.
Airbumps continue along the side – again with coloured sections to match the front – and the cladding helps to avoid the slab-sided look of some mid-sized SUVs. The deep windows promise good visibility, while the back is a little more conventional but still manages to feature smart-looking 3D LED tail-lights.
Swing open the front door and you’re greeted by an equally interesting interior. The Airbump theme is carried over on the door panels. However, some of the plastics used here feel a bit cheap – as does the finish around the chrome door handle and window switches. It’s a strange mix inside, with some really nice, expensive-looking elements and places where you can clearly see that money has been saved.
As with the suspension, Citroen’s focus on comfort extends to the big, squishy Advanced Comfort chairs that come as standard from Flair trim upwards and are nicely finished in leather. Kids will love the three rear seats, which are the same size as those in the front, and move and slide individually. The floor’s flat, too, so the middle seat isn’t the short straw it is in some of the C5 Aircross’s rivals. Knee space in the back isn’t overly generous; nor is the amount of headroom if you opt for a panoramic sunroof.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Every model gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, which replaces conventional analogue dials, and allows extra information to be shown right in the driver’s direct line of sight, such as navigation maps.
All models now include a ten-inch central infotainment touchscreen with integrated sat-nav. DAB and Bluetooth is standard, and the system also has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A six-speaker stereo is the only option, which seems like a missed opportunity given the lounge-like interior.
The screen also includes controls for core functions like the air conditioning, although we always prefer these to be operated by physical knobs or dials as they’re less distracting to use when driving. The screen’s graphics are quite pleasing to behold, but perhaps not as clear as those used on rival VW Group cars, for example.
In this review
- 1Citroen C5 Aircross reviewThe Citroen C5 Aircross SUV brings distinctive design and cushioned comfort to a hotly contested market segment
- 2Engines, performance and drivePetrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines are frugal yet powerful, although the C5 Aircross is slightly let down by the softly-sprung suspension
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsSmaller petrol and diesel engines offer a competitive blend of fuel efficiency and performance, while the plug-in hybrid model could tempt company car drivers
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe C5 Aircross features interesting design cues, but onboard tech is only average
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSeven seats for the C5 Aircross aren’t an option, but space for passengers and luggage is boosted as a result
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe C5 Aircross is built on an established platform which bodes well for reliability