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  • Launched in 2019
  • Crossover
  • Petrol, Diesel, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2019
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, PHEV

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Andy Brady

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Comfortably different from the rest

Best bits

  • Versatile cabin with three individual rear seats and large boot
  • Very comfortable thanks to clever suspension and seats with extra padding
  • Strong line-up of very refined engines

Not so great

  • Not as composed around corners as rivals like the Peugeot 3008
  • Infotainment system is infuriating
  • No seven-seat option

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Overall verdict on the Citroen C5 Aircross

"The Citroen C5 Aircross is sufficiently different to make it stand out in a very crowded market. There are competitors that drive better, some that feel more premium, and others that are even more practical. But as an SUV for carrying all the family, the C5 Aircross makes a very strong case for itself."

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It’s easy to become overwhelmed with choice in the used SUV market. The Nissan Qashqai is the go-to crossover for many buyers, while the Kia Sportage is a great value-for-money offering backed up by a long warranty. We rate both the Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008 highly, while the SEAT Ateca should be on your shortlist if you’re after something a little sportier.


In some ways, the Citroen C5 Aircross is a polar opposite of the SEAT Ateca. The Citroen arrived in 2019 and, desperate to stand out in a competitive segment, it focused on comfort and versatility over things like driver enjoyment and sportiness.


As such, it’s got a ‘magic carpet’ ride (Citroen’s words) and a line-up of very quiet, refined engines. One of our favourites, the Puretech 180 petrol engine wasn’t sold for long, but the smaller Puretech 130 will be fine for most buyers. There are also very quiet diesels - great if you cover a lot of miles - and a plug-in hybrid model arrived in 2020.


All C5 Aircross models are front-wheel drive (including the hybrid), but Citroen’s clever grip control feature was available as an option. This fiddles with the traction control system to provide optimum grip when negotiating a muddy field or snow, say.


Under normal driving, the C5 Aircross wallows a bit more than competitors, while its vague steering means you’re not going to go chucking it into bends. It’s easy to drive around town, however, with good visibility thanks to its high driving position and large door mirrors. It’s in its element on the motorway, where its supple suspension enables it to float along quite happily.


It’s versatility where the C5 Aircross really excels. The rear bench has three equal-sized seats - so no one's going to feel hard done by when it comes to space. As well as being able to slide backwards and forwards, each can be individually reclined, and there’s loads of head and legroom. It’s a shame there isn’t a seven-seat version of the C5 Aircross seeing as there are plenty of competitors that tick that box (the Peugeot 5008, for example). 


The cabin feels quirky and well-built, although you will find some harsh plastics in there. Buyers are offered a range of interior ambiances which changes things like the seat trims and even add a band of fabric across the dash.


It’s the media system which lets the interior down. It’s slow and cumbersome to operate, proving particularly irritating as you need to negotiate its menus to perform tasks as simple as adjusting the climate control. Still, at least you can circumvent this to some extent by using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - both of which are standard across the range.


While it has its negative points, the C5 Aircross is ultimately a much more interesting choice than something like a Nissan Qashqai. Its practicality means it is easy to justify - and it also represents decent value for money on the used market. Just look for one of the higher-spec models to get a classier interior ambiance.

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Citroen C5 Aircross

1.6 Plug-in Hybrid 225 Shine Plus 5dr e-EAT8

  • 2021
  • 3,652 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Drive Vauxhall Stockton-on-Tees
  • Durham, TS183SB
Price:£29,281
PCP: £436.30/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £436.30, Customer Deposit: £4,392.00, Total Deposit: £4,392.15, Optional Final Payment: £13,500.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,881.65, Total Amount Payable: £33,162.65, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.69%, Excess Mileage Charge: 9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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1.5 BlueHDi 130 Flair Plus 5dr

  • 2021
  • 7,184 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Drive Vauxhall Stockton-on-Tees
  • Durham, TS183SB
Price:£23,720
PCP: £467.38/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £467.38, Customer Deposit: £3,558.00, Total Deposit: £3,558.00, Optional Final Payment: £8,800.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,996.30, Total Amount Payable: £28,716.30, Representative APR: 11.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 11.3%, Excess Mileage Charge: 9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Citroen C5 Aircross right for you?

If you’re after an SUV that’s almost as practical as a people carrier, with extremely comfortable seats and no delusions of sportiness, the Citroen C5 Aircross is a very good choice.


It arrived late to the SUV party, meaning there aren’t as many used examples on the market as something like a Nissan Qashqai. If you can find one within budget, though, we’d recommend it. Indeed, it wasn’t an expensive choice when it was new - despite feeling premium, in some ways - so a second-hand C5 Aircross shouldn’t break the bank.


If you’re likely to need seven seats, you’ll need something bigger like the Skoda Kodiaq. Otherwise, alternatives like the SEAT Ateca are better to drive.


What’s the best Citroen C5 Aircross model/engine to choose

If you want a Citroen C5 Aircross that feels more expensive than it really is, look for a top-spec Flair Plus model. Be careful, though, as this comes as standard with an opening panoramic sunroof. This does a brilliant job of brightening up the cabin but it also hinders headroom - something to bear in mind if you (or anyone in your family) is more than six-foot tall.


Most buyers will find the mid-spec Flair meets their needs, with highlights including the advanced comfort seats, navigation and Citroen’s built-in dashcam.


In terms of engines, it depends on your requirements. We’d usually recommend a petrol or hybrid if you don’t cover many miles - the Puretech 130 is very good, particularly when combined with the automatic gearbox. If you’d like more power, look for a Puretech 180, although this was dropped early in 2020. High-mileage users should look at the BlueHDi 130 or, if you need a particularly grunty SUV, the BlueHDi 180.


What other cars are similar to the Citroen C5 Aircross?

There’s no shortage of strong competition for the Citroen C5 Aircross. The Skoda Karoq is one of the best, with a versatile interior and representing good value for money. We also rate the Peugeot 3008, which shares a platform with the C5 Aircross. The Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson are also great budget options, while the Nissan Qashqai is eternally popular. You could also consider the Mazda CX-5, with its premium interior, or the good-value Renault Kadjar.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Citroen C5 Aircross a good car?

Yes. We rate the Citroen C5 Aircross highly – it scores 8/10 in the full heycar review. While it's not quite as fun to drive as a SEAT Ateca, it's a more comfortable (and practical) choice than many similar crossover SUVs.

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Does the Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid need charging?

The Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid. This means it has a bigger battery than a conventional hybrid and needs charging to get the best from it. Its 13.2kWh battery can be charged in around two hours using a standard 7kW home charger. It has an electric range of up to 34 miles.

Andy Brady

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Is the Citroen C5 Aircross a 4x4?

No – all Citroen C5 Aircross models, including the Hybrid, are front-wheel drive. You can, however, opt for Citroen's clever grip control feature. This fiddles with the traction control system to provide optimum grip when negotiating slippery conditions.

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