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Citroën C5 Aircross review (2022) – Shamelessly comfortable, just the way you want it

Bam! There is the claim, on sheet 2 of the press presentation already. Citroën makes no bones about it and simply claims that the C5 Aircross is ‘the most comfortable c-segment SUV’ on the market. Well fine, then we’re going to rate him that way too. Is the French softroader really ‘soft’? Read it in our Citroën C5 Aircross review.

What stands out about the Citroën C5 Aircross (2022)?

That it has had a facelift. And that doesn’t make as much sense as it sounds, because most automotive pickups have to be studied with an electron microscope to see the differences. Citroën has actually put its designers to work. Gone is the open face of the previously roguish C5 Aircross. Now the Frenchman frowns just as hard as the other SUVs in his class. Virtually nothing stayed the same at the front, where the daytime running lights now have a v-shape (much like the Citroën e-C4) and the headlights are hidden behind darkened ‘glass’. At the back, the relief in the new light units stands out.

The most important change in the interior immediately catches the eye: the 10-inch infotainment screen, which protrudes slightly above the dashboard. The previous display was wedged between the air vents on the center console. Now the outlets are placed under the touchscreen. A little further down, something also stands out: the selector lever of the automatic transmission is missing. It has been replaced by a simple toggle switch. Citroën also calls that the materials used in the cabin have become more beautiful. And that’s right, although the plastics under the seat line are still quite hard and scratchy.

What is good about the Citroën C5 Aircross?

Citroën has mainly given the C5 Aircross a visual and functional update. Under the skin, everything basically stays the same. For the few customers who still want a diesel, a BlueHDi with 130 hp is available, the rest go for the well-known 1.2-liter three-cylinder with 130 hp or the 225 hp plug-in hybrid. The latter draws from a 13.2 kWh battery and can reach a maximum distance of 50 kilometers on electrical power alone. The official consumption of 1 liter on 333 km you have to take with a large grain of alum, although the C5 Aircross Hybrid is undoubtedly more economical than the petrol version.

Unfortunately, we were only able to drive the PureTech 130 during the press introduction. The motor does its job well, is fairly quiet and generally works fine with the (optional) eight-speed automatic. It is clear from the first few meters that you should not expect any sportiness from the C5 Aircross. The steering is light and the chassis wonderfully soft. Your heart will not beat a beat faster from the driving experience in the Citroën, but on a drizzly commute you may not want any thrills and thrills.

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Everything revolves around comfort. The C5 Aircross uses special dampers, the so-called Progressive Hydraulic Cushions, which should provide a smoother and quieter ride. And do that. Furthermore, Citroën blows high from the tower about its Advanced Comfort Seats, seats that contain extra foam and other soft material for the best possible seat. But to be very honest, we don’t really feel the difference with normal seats. Maybe we should try them alternately.

The rear seat of the C5 Aircross is flexible. You can individually slide the three seats forwards or backwards for more trunk space or more legroom. With the backrests folded, you can carry a maximum of 1630 liters. Otherwise between 580 and 720 litres. If you opt for the plug-in hybrid variant of the C5 Aircross, the battery will eat 120 liters of your trunk. It is also nice that Citroën has opted for three shaped seats in the back. Then as a third passenger you are not sitting on an uncomfortable ‘hump’, as in many other cars.

What could be better about the Citroën C5 Aircross?

We praised the comfortable undercarriage above, but unfortunately the C5 Aircross’s spiffy dampers don’t handle sudden ridges very well. Then there is a horribly loud thump through the body. Another point of criticism has to do with the infotainment system, which does not always excel in ease of use and requires too many actions from you, for example to change the temperature of the air conditioning. Furthermore, the digital cockpit has some difficulty with the navigation map, because it is displayed very pixelated.

When will the Citroën C5 Aircross come and what will it cost?

The Citroën C5 Aircross will soon arrive in the Netherlands. From 39,690 euros you have the version with 130 hp petrol engine. To get the same equipment level as the entry-level hybrid (Feel), you have to bring at least 41,890 euros. And then the Plug-in Hybrid 225 becomes very attractive, with its price of 44,190 euros. Especially when you consider that it has an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard, for which you have to pay a lot more with the PureTech 130. You only take the switching off your hands for 46,390 euros. Oof!

What do I think of the Citroën C5 Aircross?

I wonder if I actually have an opinion about the Citroën C5 Aircross. It is not a car that stays with you. In its class, the SUV excels in terms of comfort, but otherwise it is quite average: not particularly excellent, but just good. The facelift suits him perfectly, as far as I’m concerned. The cuddly is a bit off. There is now a tougher Citroën than before waiting for you when you step out the door in the morning. And yes, the meaning of the word sportsmanship is unknown to the C5 Aircross, but are you waiting for firm springs and hard dampers on the A2 towards Utrecht? No, then you just want to be rocked.

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