Citroen C5 Aircross Drive Review – A French compact crossover SUV

Citroën — is a French car brand that has been in business since 1919. Over their 100-year history, the company has expanded and managed to create quite a name for themselves across different markets around the world.

Citroen refers to C5 Aircross as an SUV, but one look at it and you can tell that the C5’s styling is not the kind of butch, in-your-face-design that’s commonplace. In fact, We would say that the accurate way of describing the C5 would be that it’s a crossover, rather than a pure SUV.

When it comes to design, the front of the C5 is dominated by the large chrome strips which are a part of Citroen’s legendary double-chevron logo.  Below are the LED projector headlights flanking a rather unconventional grille design that has an additional air intake slot below. The bumper intake is flanked by a couple of faux inlets, and fog lights sit at the extreme ends. 

At the side is 18-inch two-tone diamond cut alloys, interesting use of body cladding and roof rails while the rear gets a spoiler, dual chrome exhaust pipes, and large wraparound taillamps with four-element rectangular lights.

The block-like exterior design details are in abundance on the inside too. The seats are super comfortable and spacious. Boot space in itself is spacious, in fact, the best-in-class at 580-litres. While talking about the functions, the cabin display unit will provide a 12.3′-inch configured digital instrument cluster responsible for the driving-related information presented in the driver’s vision area.

Speaking of powertrain, the C5 Aircross draws power from a single 2.0-litre diesel engine that is good for producing 175 hp of power along with a peak torque of 400Nm. The gearbox is an 8-speed automatic unit. The flying carpet feel (which Citroen is calling its ride quality) is also a result of the patented hydraulic suspension.

In terms of safety, the Citroen C5 Aircross gets 6-airbags, TPMS, Blind Spot Information Display, Coffee Break Alert, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold, and more.

The vehicle has been launched in two variants namely Feel and Shine and customers get four color options to choose from. Out of these, three are dual-tone options.

C5 Aircross is a vehicle for those who are looking for something out of the box. The C5 Aircross has priced between Rs 29.90 lakh and Rs 31.90 lakh (ex-showroom). But does it worth the price? Let’s see how this French manufacturer is going to perform in the Indian market!