The Citroën C5 Aircross is a compact crossover SUV produced by the French automaker Citroën. Debuted in 2017, the C5 Aircross represents Citroën’s efforts to establish a strong presence in the global SUV market. The C5 Aircross incorporates Citroën’s distinctive design language with its bold lines, Airbump panels, and a signature front end. This results in a modern and visually appealing exterior that stands out in the crowded SUV segment. The C5 Aircross is a good choice for those looking for a comfortable and versatile compact crossover SUV.
Citroën C5 Aircross Overview
It started as the Citroën Aircross concept car which was unveiled at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The production version was officially presented for the Chinese market at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.
In Europe, the model was presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and sales began later that year with the 2019 model. In 2018 production of the C5 Aircross started as well in France at the PSA plant in Rennes. The model takes advantage of the 100-million-euro investment share of Groupe PSA. The C5 Aircross is also assembled in India as CKD since January 2021.
The C5 Aircross places a significant emphasis on passenger comfort. One of its notable features is the “Advanced Comfort” seats which are designed to provide enhanced cushioning and support. It also incorporates Citroën’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension, which aims to offer a “magic carpet ride” effect, smoothing out road imperfections. The SUV offers a highly modular interior with three individual sliding, folding, and inclining rear seats. The boot space is generous, and with the rear seats folded, it offers a flat loading floor.
The C5 Aircross is available with a choice of two petrol engines: a 1.2L turbocharged engine that produces 130 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, and a 1.6L turbocharged engine that produces 180 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It is also available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.6L turbocharged engine with an electric motor for a total output of 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The C5 Aircross is available with a choice of two transmissions: an eight-speed automatic transmission and an eight-speed automatic transmission with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The C5 Aircross is known for its comfort and versatility. It has a comfortable ride and a spacious interior. It is also known for its distinctive styling. The C5 Aircross comes standard with a variety of features, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a panoramic sunroof. Available features include a head-up display, a premium sound system, and a wireless charging pad.
Citroën C5 Aircross Sales Figures
While designed for global markets, the C5 Aircross has been particularly successful in China, where it’s produced and sold in significant numbers. It is part of Citroën’s strategy to strengthen its foothold in this critical automotive market. Since its introduction, the C5 Aircross has generally received positive reviews for its comfort-focused approach, practical interior, and distinctive design. However, like any car, it has faced critiques, especially regarding the responsiveness of its infotainment system and driving dynamics compared to some competitors.