The Citroen C5 Aircross is the French car maker’s first foray into the booming mid-size SUV market and it arrives in Australian showrooms this month.
To keep the line-up simple and make it easier to source cars, there are just two models: the C5 Aircross Feel at $39,990 plus on-road costs and the C5 Aircross Shine at $43,990 plus on-road costs.
There are no factory options other than metallic paint ($690) or pearl paint ($1050), and there are only seven choices of colour, rather than 30 combinations in Europe.
The lean line-up is designed to make ordering easier and deliveries to customers faster.
Standard safety equipment on all Citroen C5 Aircross models includes autonomous emergency braking up to 85km/h, speed sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, tyre pressure monitors, rear-view camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
Rear cross-traffic alert and rear autonomous emergency braking are not available, but the vehicle still earns a five-star safety rating.
Both models come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio, built-in navigation, an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen, and a 12.3-inch widescreen instrument display behind the steering wheel.
Dual zone air-conditioning (with air vents to back seats), dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a sensor key with push-button start are also standard fare.
The flagship C5 Aircross Shine model gains a wireless charging pad, leather seats rather than cloth, 19-inch alloy wheels rather than 18s, and electric adjustment for the driver’s seat.
The back row of this five-seater has two Isofix child seat mounting points and three top tether points. Citroen says there are no plans for a seven-seater.
Unlike other cars in the segment, the back row is split into three individual seats that can independently slide forward 150mm and tilt by between 19 and 26 degrees.
While back seat space can be a bit tight depending on the location of the front seats, the cargo area is one of the largest in the class, with 580 litres of space when the seats are in the rearmost position, and 720 litres when they’re slid furthest forward.
Adventure lovers may like to note that, despite its appearances, the C5 Aircross is front-drive rather than all-wheel-drive, as per its twin under the skin, the Peugeot 3008.
There is also only a space saver spare tyre under the cargo floor, rather than a full-size spare. This will likely be of little concern to buyers of mid-size SUVs.
Figures supplied by Citroen show that while the majority of SUV buyers have previously owned one before, most are trading-in hatchbacks, small cars and people movers.
As with its Peugeot 3008 twin, the Citroen C5 Aircross is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine (121kW/240Nm), matched to a conventional six-speed automatic, with a claimed fuel consumption average of 7.9L/100km. It requires 95 premium unleaded.
Towing capacity is a modest 1200kg.
The Citroen C5 Aircross comes with five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty coverage and five years roadside assistance. Service intervals are 12 months/20,000km, whichever comes first.
Capped price servicing is comparatively expensive: $458 for the first service, $812 for the second service and $458 for the third service. The fourth service spikes back up to $812 before dropping to $470 for the fifth routine service visit.
The C5 Aircross is due in a revamped Citroen dealer network – paired with Peugeot dealers – by the end of July 2019.
2019 Citroen C5 Aircross pricing
- C5 Aircross Feel - $39,990
- C5 Aircross Shine - $43,990
Prices exclude on-road costs