The Citroen C5 Aircross has been revealed in European guise ahead of going on sale at the end of 2018 in the UK, promising to be an exceptionally comfortable family SUV.
It’s over a year since the Citron C5 Aircross was revealed in production guise at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show – and two years before that when we got a preview with the Citroen Aircross SUV Concept – but it’s finally revealed for the UK and Europe, although it will probably be early 2019 before you can get your hands on one.
Sharing a platform with the excellent Peugeot 3008 and DS 7 Crossback (and, for that matter, the Vauxhall Grandland X), Citroen want you to make your C5 Aircross very much yours, with 30 exterior colour combinations on offer, all the better to show off the floating roof, chunky Airbumps and chrome C-Pillars. Or not, depending on your taste.
Inside looks good – although we’re not sure as good as the Peugeot 3008 – with big vertical vents in the centre of the dash, 8″ touchscreen in between, a 12.3″ digital instrument panel, Comfort Seats with added padding – which can be had with heating and massaging – double glazing to keep things quiet and Progressive Hydraulic Cushion for what Citroen say will be tghe most comfy ride in its sector. Which is a very good USP for a family SUV.
Safety and technology features big too, with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure, LAne Keep, Adaptive Cruise, Traffic Sign Recognition and Highway Driver Assist for some semi-autonomous driving. There’s also Grip Control for slippy stuff and 360-degree top down cameras.
There’s nothing innovative for now on the engine front – although a 300bhp 4WD plug-in hybrid version is on the way in 2019 – with a 128bhp Puretech petrol three-pot and 178bhp four-pot petrol, with diesel offerings the 128bhp and 178bhp BlueHDi offerings.
It’s a promising offering from Citroen, and cleverly majors on the ‘Comfy’ bit which was once Citroen’s USP, and is expected to cost from around £22,500 when it arrives in the UK in early 2019.