As it begins its centenary year celebrations، Citroen is launching its new flagship C5 Aircross sports utility vehicle on Monday. And I've been among the first to drive the smooth French five-seater family runaround on British roads.
The new C5 Aircross is the latest model in a refreshed range that aims to put the stress on comfort and design، and impart a feel-good factor to driver and occupants. So don't expect racetrack performance. But what you do get is relaxed long-legged driving that is both intuitive and calming — just what you want if you are ferrying a family around.
Comfort is at the heart of the new C5 Aircross — from the extra padded seats to the advanced suspension designed to cushion occupants from the harshness of potholes and speed-bumps.
There are 19 separate driver-assist and braking technologies، including active lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. Also available is grip control with hill-descent assist if you go off-road. Stop-Start technology helps save fuel and emissions. There are three trim levels، starting with the Feel، priced from £23،225 to £26،325، the expected best-seller Flair، from £25،325 to £30،325، and Flair Plus، from £27،725 to £32،725.
These integrate with five engine and gearbox combinations from two petrol and two diesel models.
The PureTech petrol 130 is paired with a six-speed manual box، while the 180 version is linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel Blue HDi 130 is matched with both manual and 8-speed automatic gearboxes، while the BlueHDi 180 diesel has just the automatic version. A plug-in electric hybrid version of the C5 Aircross is to follow early next year.