2020 Citroen C5 Aircross Review – Great Engine & comfortable cabin
The 2020 Citroen C5 Aircross allows long journeys without stress: the seats are comfortable and the suspension levels the bottom. Brilliant 2.0 diesel engine of 177 hp, well supported by the automatic transmission EAT8.
The new medium-sized crossover (450 cm long) 2020 Citroen C5 Aircross, arrives on the market (in the dealership since January 2019), challenging successful models, such as the Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage, the Opel Grandland X and the Peugeot 3008. And on the basis of these last two cars is made the C5 Aircross ( Citroën, together with Opel and Peugeot, is part of the PSA Group). Kinship, however, well disguised by the very original appearance. Balanced in volumes, it has a personal front, which recalls, in part, the style of the latest models of the house (in particular the C3 Aircross crossover), with the headlights on two levels and the thin mask. The large, tall, curved bumper and the wide, flat bonnet, however, give it an even more massive air.
The side panel is also high and the wheel arches are wide; the rear area is dominated by the vertical tailgate with the horizontal lights and the protruding bumper that expresses strength and solidity. To underline the predisposition to the march on gravel and dirt roads (although it is not provided for four-wheel drive), there are large dark plastic bands, with the so-called Airbump, running along the lower body and also contribute to decreasing the visual impact of the plates, making the machine less heavy.
2020 Citroen C5 Aircross Interior
Entering the interior of the Citroën C5 Aircross you find yourself immediately in an airy and welcoming environment: the atmosphere is pleasant, you are surrounded by pleasant materials to the touch (although the plastics are not soft) and warm tones, the lines are rounded, with the horizontal development panel and the wide tunnel between the seats. The armchairs are large, comfortable and well padded, especially the Advanced Comfort ones (standard for the Shine), which have an extra layer of 1.5 cm thick foam, designed to provide a pleasant feeling of support.
A comfort ensured by the structured and thick polyurethane foam on the surface combined with a high density in the internal structure of the front seats, which, according to the house, has a long life, preventing sagging after hours of driving and aging after years of use. In addition, the armchairs can be heated and with the multipoint message system in eight sectors of the back (2,000 euros with leather armchairs).
The 12.3 “digital dashboard of the Citroën C5 Aircross is impressive, and the 8 “screen of the multimedia system, with mirror screen function and navigator with 3D maps. From the tactile display, it is also possible to control the various onboard services; however, they are not always easy to use and can be distracting from driving. The small emergency button on the right side of the console is also inconvenient to reach “on the fly”. Nothing to complain, however, on the availability of storage (illuminated and capacious between the seats).
Inside there are many solutions designed to improve practicality, such as the sliding rear seats of 15 cm (and foldable retractable), thanks to which you can increase the space for the knees or the capacity of the trunk. In addition, the backrests can be reclined on five levels, from 19 to 26.5 °. The luggage compartment, which has a squared mouth and well-usable shapes, it is moving-proof: the capacity, in fact, goes from a minimum of 580 liters to 720 with all the seats in use, up to 1.630 with the back of the folded sofa. Practical Handsfree Tailgate (450 euro) that allows you to electrically open the tailgate bypassing the foot under the rear bumper.
2020 Citroen C5 Aircross Performance
At the wheel of the 2020 Citroen C5 Aircross above all the high comfort guaranteed by the progressive damping suspensions (called Progressive Hydraulic Cushions), one of the main strong points of this machine: the traditional spring-shock absorber unit is joined by a pair of hydraulic end stops, which work separately in the phases of rebound and compression, improving the car’s response to roughness. The result, in fact, is that you pass on the holes almost without jolts and each depression is punctually absorbed effectively. Also soundproofed, with new double-layered front glass with an insulating layer.
The engine is powerful, ready from low revs and is well matched to the automatic transmission, rather quick in entering the ratios. In the winding roads the car moves easily, lying slightly to the side, and when you leave the asphalt you can take advantage of advanced traction control, the Grip Control: turning the knob in the central tunnel, adjust the wheel slip drive front to the type of bottom, setting four modes, including the sand. Together with the Grip Control (300 euros for the Shine, 700 for the Business) is also included the Hill assist descent, which is activated by pressing a button in the console and electronically manages the engine, the gearbox, and the brakes maintaining a constant speed (3 km / h) and preventing the car from sliding down steep slopes with a low grip surface.
The small rear window and the wide roof pillars limit rear visibility when maneuvering: It is essential to rely on the distance sensors and rearview camera (standard), which lend a hand. And consumption? At the end of our test, with some stretches of dirt, the onboard computer reported 12 km/liter, not bad though the approval data is 20.8 km/liter.
2020 Citroen C5 Aircross Equipment
Despite arriving in dealerships in January, the 2020 Citroen C5 Aircross is already on the list with four engines, two petrol, the 1.2 and 1.6 turbos 131 and 181 hp, and the 1.5 and 2.0 diesel engines of 131 and 177 hp; combined with a 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed sequential EAT8 automatic. Four also the productions: Live, Feel, Shine and Business. Since the Live base set up, there are 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, the automatic headlight ignition, the dual-zone climate, the 8 “multimedia system screen, and the height-adjustable leather steering wheel. depth, rear distance sensors, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto features and some useful driver assistance systems, such as automatic emergency braking, road sign recognition, and unintended lane exit warning. The richer displays add adaptive cruise control, the anti-shock alarm and the blind-angle sensors of the rear-view mirrors.