It is not surprising for a vast multinational automobile makers to emanate China-only models. What is singular though, is for one to launch a automobile in a Far East usually to move it to Europe a year later; something that’s about to occur with a C5 Aircross.
The C5 Aircross uses a same EMP2 height as a Peugeot 3008 and 5008, as good as a Vauxhall Grandland X and recently-launched DS7 Crossback. It’s one of a many particular Citroens for some time, and furthers a fluent pattern denunciation initial seen with a C3 Aircross late final year.
Outwardly, a C5 Aircross stands out from a crossover throng – yet notwithstanding a vast wheels and imperishable physique detailing there’s no four-wheel expostulate option. Still, that’s a trait we’ve turn used to on PSA’s latest SUVs and for many that simply won’t matter.
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Our early expostulate took place in China, where engine choices are singular to 1.6 and 1.8-litre petrol turbo units. European models should benefit a diesel option. The Chinese C5 Aircross is accessible in 4 trim levels and a 1.8T came in range-topping ‘Flagship’ specification.
While a C3 Aircross comes with 85 physique and roof colour combinations, there are usually 5 paint options for a Chinese-specification C5 Aircross. On a white exam automobile it was jazzed adult somewhat by a further of red highlights on a front bumper, atmosphere intakes, roof rails, and Airbumps.
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Inside, it is visually appealing with countless brownish-red inserts offsetting a colourless grey Claudia leather seats. The materials aren’t as plush as in rivals like a Volkswagen Tiguan or even a Renault Kadjar, though, feeling some-more on standard with cheaper models like a MG GS. Hard hold plastics dominate, and a leather doesn’t feel quite premium, yet it’s expected European cars will see an alleviation in this area.
Thanks to an opening breathtaking sunroof, a cabin feels light and airy. Rear passengers are treated to copiousness of headroom, nonetheless legroom could be improved with a front seats set back. Unlike in a C3 Aircross, a behind seats conjunction slip nor recline. They do yet underline an easy recover resource for folding them down, and a feet building can be lifted to offer a prosaic floor. The feet itself is a stout and a sweeping 516 litres, trumping a Ford Kuga’s 406-litre bucket bay. An electric tailgate featuring feet activation allows easy opening when carrying loads, too.
On a highway a Citroen’s setup for comfort shortly becomes apparent. Progressive hydraulic cushions safeguard a soothing ride, that seems during contingency given a tough seating. While it does a good pursuit of shower adult bumps, attempting a slalom stratagem during speed saw a automobile delight from side to side. There are 5 settings for a traction control including snow, soppy and off-road.
With over 200bhp on daub a engine should yield energetic performance, yet eventually it fails to excite. Hampering a engine’s bid is a six-speed involuntary gearbox, that is a usually delivery offering on Chinese models. Whilst initial acceleration is reasonable, it becomes quite indolent during mid-range speeds with a 50-70 mph burst holding forever. Addition of a primer gearbox for European models should go some approach to rectifying this problem.
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Road and engine sound are kept during bay, yet there is a tremble from a stop-start as a engine kicks behind into life. Visibility is reasonable interjection to a vast acreage of glass, yet we unsuccessful to benefit any suggestive prophesy from a behind perspective counterpart – definition we were even some-more reliant on a blind-spot warning indicators. The Flagship trim boasts twelve pushing aids including active journey control and PSA’s AEBS2 active reserve braking complement – designed to stop a automobile in puncture situations.
Citroen fans will note a curtsy to a past with a illustration of a rolling speedometer suggestive of that seen in a 1980s-era Citroen BX, shown as partial of a instrumentation’s 12.3 in. digital display. Unfortunately Citroen quirkiness fails to extend most over that.
The map displays in a instrument row in substantial detail, that seems remaining as it also appears on a eight-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. Some of a red content is formidable to review opposite a background, while and voice submit for a navigation complement unsuccessful to recognize destinations, too.
Generous apparatus levels assistance with a interest of a package, however. Electrically tractable front seats with memory duty are complemented by a massage duty – activated by a symbol on a chair yet practiced regulating a touchscreen. Citroen Connect also features, that gives genuine time information on traffic, parking, and fuel prices. Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink assistance with smartphone connectivity, as well.