Launch Drive: Citroen C5 Aircross 2019 review
Greg Hill road tests the 2019 Citroen C5 Aircross mid-size SUV.
Citroen has been building vehicles for 100 years, and in Australia its cars have always offered something a little outside the mainstream. With the C5 Aircross it has gone from quirky to clever, while retaining a distinct French character.
Citroen’s all-new C5 Aircross mid-size five-seat SUV is a quiet achiever that has an eye-catching appearance and uses its cabin space cleverly. It’s an urban-focused, family-friendly, front-wheel-drive-only SUV.
On our launch drive from Sydney to the Hunter Valley and back, what stood out was how comfortable and quiet the C5 Aircross was over a wide variety of roads.
Citroen is part of the giant PSA Group (the second-largest car manufacturer in Europe), so its engineers have access to a massive range of proven components, as well as the ability to develop their own. The C5 Aircross is closely related the Peugeot 3008 as they share many running-gear components such as engine, transmission and driveline. The jewel in the C5 Aircross crown, though, is the all-new suspension, featuring Citroen’s ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’ system.
C5 Aircross is Citroen’s first offering in the crowded and highly competitive medium SUV market and it comes in two variants – Feel and Shine. Although the Feel grade is the entry point for the range at $39,900 plus on-road costs, it’s well equipped to take-on mid-spec models in the category with a long list of practical standard features and safety gear. The Shine is dressed to impress and, with a price-tag of $43,990 plus on-roads, has enough kit to give premium models a run for their money.
It has the raised seating position and commanding forward view that’s so appealing about this class of vehicle and the cabin design has been well thought out. An excellent fully digital instrument display has three selectable graphic styles for the information display. Generally speaking, it’s a more user-friendly layout than previous Citroens but there are still a few hard-to-find functions.