New 2021 Citroen C5 X: price, release date, interior, engines and specs

Citroen C5 X profile

The Citroen C5 X is what you'd get if a saloon, SUV and estate defied biology and mated. It embodies the French firm's history for turning out quirky cars like the avant-garde DS saloon and the French peasant's crossover, the 2CV.

Ironically, the C5 X will compete with some of the most staid models currently on sale, its split personality allowing it to fend off attacks from regular saloons like the Volkswagen Passat as well as SUVs such as VW's Tiguan and estates like Skoda's imperious Superb estate

Citroen C5 X front three quarter

New 2021 Citroen C5 X price and release date

The Citroen C5 X is likely to be priced from around £30,000, going up to more than £40,000 for a top-of-the-range plug-in hybrid model. You can expect the C5 X to come loaded with standard equipment as it attempts to hook private buyers away from more mainstream alternatives like the Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb and Kodiaq – cars that tend to have sturdier residuals and lower monthly payments. The C5 X will go on sale later this year with first deliveries expected towards the end of 2021/early 2022. 

Citroen C5 X rear three quarter

New 2021 Citroen C5 X styling, design and dimensions

The Citroen C5 X's USP is that it's a mishmash of various body styles. That raised body is all SUV, the long bonnet and the window line that steps up over the back wheels adds of a hint of saloon and the sloping roof line is pure estate car.

Citroen has avoided fitting the Airbump body cladding that was so striking (and so strikingly controversial) on the C4 Cactus, although quirky details aren't in short supply if you look hard enough. 

So, the bonnet has deep louvres pressed into either side and the two chevrons that make up Citroen's badge flow across the front of car, separating to form V-shaped details that incorporate the car's daytime running lights and headlights. Even the lower half of the bumper creates a talking point with its conical air vents giving a hint of Maserati Gran Turismo. 

There's not much Maserati to the C5 X in profile – which is a good thing if you want interior space – but the C5 X still manages to look dynamic. The chrome window line is finished off with the Venetian blind design touches first seen on the C3 Aircross and you get a roof and boot lid spoilers. The bodywork meanwhile is a mixture of soft curves and pressed creases, while the 19-inch wheels (fitted to most models) are framed by flat-faced wheel arches.

The roof spoiler, thin rear window and ducktail boot spoiler give the Citroen a layered design from behind and 'C I T R O E N' is spelled out across the boot lid just in case the Chevron badging is lost on you. The V-shaped tail lights, meanwhile, mirror what you get up front.

It terms of dimensions, the C5 X is 4,805 mm long, 1865 mm wide and 1485 mm high meaning it is bigger than a Volkswagen Passat – a conventional D-Segment competitor – in every way. 

Citroen C5 X dashboard

New 2021 Citroen C5 X interior design, infotainment and tech

Much like the exterior, the Citroen C5 X takes a different approach to its interior compared to rivals. A huge infotainment screen keeps button clutter to a minimum and large windows and an opening sunroof help make the cabin feel bright. 

The high-quality but coldly functional design of the likes of a Volkswagen Passat – with its metal trims and dark spongy plastics – is swapped in favour of colourful finishes and padded textile trims that are designed to make the Citroen feels as welcoming as your lounge at home. 

Advanced Comfort Seats, meanwhile, take the place of your favourite sofa. They're thickly stuffed with dual density foam and have flat back rests and seat squabs that shouldn't pin you into position like the sportier options you'll find in some cars. 

In terms of infotainment, the Citroen C5 X comes as standard with a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, four USB type C plugs and wireless phone charging and can also the mirror the screen of your phone electrically. An extended head-up display is also available, it can project information (like current speed) onto the windscreen so you don't have to take your eyes off the road. 

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You can expect the Citroen C5 X to have plenty of space up front for tall adults, but it's the masses of rear seat room that Citroen claims will be the most notable. The Citroen's 2785 mm wheelbase – the measurement that most closely influences rear-seat room – is just a millimetre short of what a Passat offers, which in combination with its high roofline means you can expect to have plenty of space in the back. Citroen promises "exceptional legroom, comfortable width and generous headroom". 

The boot, meanwhile, has a 545-litre capacity with smaller storage areas built in. That capacity stretches to 1,640 litres with the back seats folded away. 

The large hatchback style boot lid will make loading bulky items much easier than with the smaller opening in a saloon and the Citroen's raised ride height means you won't have to bend your back so much when lifting suitcases. With all the seats folded away, you also get a completely flat floor and the boot lid opens electrically, raising the parcel shelf out of the way as it goes. 

Citroen C5 X back seat

New 2021 Citroen C5 X drive and engines

The Citroen C5 X will drive with an emphasis on comfort rather than sportiness. All models come with laminated front and rear windows – like the double glazing on your house – that filter out road and wind noise. 

You also get soft suspension, standard models use Citroen's Advanced Comfort Suspension which uses secondary dampers to filter out bumps in the road, while pricier PHEV models will get an advanced version of this system with three settings.

You can expect to be able to choose from a similar number of engines but, for now, only one has been confirmed – a 225PS plug-in hybrid. It can run for a little over 30 miles on battery power at speeds of up to 84mph. The idea being that you use the silent electric motor for short commutes while still having the petrol engine to fall back on for longer weekend journeys. 

2021 Citroen C5 X self-drive tech and safety

The C5 X will be capable of Level 2 autonomy so it can accelerate, brake and steer itself on the motorway and in queuing traffic. It'll also apply the brakes if it detects an imminent collision while you're reversing and you'll be able to specify a 360-degree camera that gives you a birds-eye view of the car when you're parking. Expect it to scoop a five-star safety rating when it is crash tested by Euro NCAP later this year. 

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