2021 Citroen C5 Aircross review, road test

    It made a strong first impression, and now we put it through our tests to find out how it performs.

    Published on Sep 22, 2021 09:00:00 AM


    2021 Citroen C5 Aircross review, road test
    Pricey, but one of the smoothest and nicest riding urbane crossovers around.

    Without a doubt, the C5’s outstanding ride comfort is its highlight, and its bump absorption ability sets a new benchmark for cars not only in its segment, but also for those from a few segments above. What’ll also blow away buyers is the diesel engine’s smoothness and refinement, the seamless automatic transmission and the effort-free steering. Its touring abilities are further enhanced by strong engine performance, a high ground clearance, and some clever traction-enhancing gadgetry. Its comfortable front seats, large boot and ample features further add to its strengths.

    In its quest to be unique, this Citroën does have its fair share of quirks. While some of these can easily be overlooked, ones like the three individual backseats could be a deal breaker for some chauffeur-driven folks. The biggest hurdle for Citroën’s debut model, however, is what it costs. Compare it to its nearest rivals, like the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson, and the C5’s price is way out of the ballpark. Sure, the C5 is larger in dimensions and more spacious, but both its rivals offer more in terms of engines, transmissions and all-wheel-drive capability. Citroën’s wafer-thin support network doesn’t help its case either. In the C5’s favour though, it’s a car that needs to be experienced to really be appreciated. It is very competent as an urbane crossover, and if it is uniqueness that you’re after, the Citroën C5 Aircross delivers in abundance.


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