The aesthetic changes and the upgraded backend software are just the necessary envelope of its renewal. Its main quality remains its insurmountable comfort and its family character, especially in the diesel version with automatic transmission.
It may have already reached the middle of its life cycle, since it was introduced in 2018, but theit remains what it was from the first moment it was presented: the most complete model of the French company.
Which is not only due to SUV coupe of (it still has ground clearance, the not inconsiderable height of 230 mm), but primarily in the fact that Citroën brought it to its own devices, i.e. it conveyed its entire philosophy in the most eloquent and complete way. Concise, distinctive design, important technological innovations, generous equipment, ease of use and mainly top comfort.
THE renewal, as is to be expected because winning team, etc., focused on individual elements. The first is the design refresh on an already beautiful body. Perhaps its most basic characteristic is that it looks more compact than it actually is. And yet, both its external dimensions and its wheelbase are more than sufficient to accommodate even five passengers, with practicality, in fact, worthy of a convertible. For example, the three rear seats are independent, fully foldable and can also be moved along the longitudinal axis.
The luggage space is equally good, with a capacity ranging between 580-720 lt. Visually, the changes are mainly focused on the more uniform lines that better distribute the volumes and bring out a noticeable dynamism. The mask is dominated by the new version of the brand’s logo, which is now detached from the daylight. A feature of the company’s new identity is the placement of dual LED light fixtures with ‘V’-shaped graphics, which are joined by a series of LEDs, as an imaginary extension with a 3D effect. The design changes continue at the rear, with dark-framed 3D light fixtures emphasizing the car’s width without making it bulky.
Since this is a face lift, it is to be expected that the basic architecture of the interior has not changed. Something that doesn’t spoil you, since it is a well-designed dashboard that embraces the driver, even though it now looks somewhat behind the -mainly electric- competition. The ergonomics are at very good levels and there are plenty of places for small items. The most important difference in the cabin is the installation of a larger central touch screen, with a diagonal of 10″, through which the driver can adjust almost everything, while the system is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technologies. The display is sharp, but the response to pressing the icon is still a “tick” slower than you’d like.
Also, although you do have access to dozens of car functions, it takes time, quite a bit of familiarization with the menu. The 12.3″ digital instrument panel can be configured according to the driver’s needs, while the design of the central console is also new, where, in our version with the automatic transmission, the classic selector-joystick is replaced by a small button, thus increasing the available space for small items, while the wireless smartphone charging surface has also grown. There’s also a choice of different driving programs, including off-road ones, although engine-powered versions like the one on test are front-wheel drive only.
All of the above is however a good appetizer. The main dish, however, that the C5 Aircross offers is without a second thought its unparalleled comfort. A comfort that starts from the seats, in which you think you are lost in the rich foam, and naturally ends in the top damping of the suspension. This Citroën patent (Progressive Hydraulic Cushions), by placing two hydraulic shock absorbers that have damping springs at their ends, placed in place of the bump-stops, creates a feeling of moving on a water filter.
Even deep potholes seem to squelch under the C5 Aircross’ tires. The ride quality is equally impressive. Even the vibrations of the venerable 1.5 lt diesel engine seem weak to penetrate the cabin. Of course, the improved 8-speed automatic gearbox also contributes to this, which takes full advantage of the abundant torque of 300 Nm and does not allow the engine to rev at high speeds, which makes no sense since the maximum output of 130 PS is reached at 3,750 rpm. What you get on the road is that you can move nimbly with characteristic comfort, even loaded, but that’s about it. There’s no point in pushing.
In case you do, you will find that the C5 Aircross obediently follows the commands, but takes inclines and gets impatient in more closed sections. It is not designed for such use. Something you can also see from the (too much, in my opinion) light steering wheel, which is very convenient in the city, but offers little information. However, it is worth the effort to take it off the asphalt, on a passable dirt road. It’s rather unlikely to find due to the long distance and further highlights the incredible damping of the suspension.
What the facelifted C5 Aircross does very well is save time. In an era where electrification is advancing unabated, there are some models (and this is certainly one of them) that diesel technology is well suited to. It is a tireless mileage eater that will transport the family even more comfortably, with low consumption. Pending the test of the C5 X, I still maintain that the C5 Aircross holds the title of Citroën’s best model and one of the most complete in its segment.
In the field of safety, the new Citroën C5 Aircross offers advanced solutions that raise the bar high for a model in this category. So we have and say: 20 different assistance systems, among which semi-autonomous level 2 driving, Highway Driver Assist, “intelligent” cruise control and Active Lane Departure Warning stand out. The wide and particularly welcoming seats of the new C5 Aircross SUV give passengers an enjoyable experience, ensuring a high level of comfort. The addition of special 15 mm thick foam makes them even softer and more durable. The front seats feature high-density foam padding to prevent them from ‘sag’ after long periods of driving. They also have the possibility of multiple settings, as well as the option of a multi-point massage system.
TECH – Citroen C5 Aircross 1.5 BlueHDi 130 EAT8
ENGINE: 1,499 cc, i4, TURBODIESEL, 130 PS/3,750 rpm, 300 Nm/1,750 rpm
GEARBOX: AUTOMATIC, 8 SPEED
TRANSMISSION: TO THE FRONT WHEELS
SUSPENSION: MACPHERSON KNEE (R) / SEMI-BEND AXLE (L),
0-100 KM/H: 10.6”
TOP SPEED: 186 km/h
AVERAGE TEST CONSUMPTION: 6.3 lt/100 km
CO2: 136 g/km
DIMENSIONS (W/W/H): 4,500/1,840/1,654 mm
Wheelbase: 2,730 mm
LUGGAGE SPACE: 580 lt
WEIGHT: 1,574 kg
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