This Citroen C5 Aircross Review is a collaboration, in association with Citroen. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I do love Citroens. I drive an eight-year-old bright green Citroen C3 which we have nicknamed Snot Rod and I love her more than I thought it was possible to love a car.
When Citroen contacted us and asked for us to review the new Citroen C5 Aircross I was intrigued to see how things had moved on in the last eight years. Plus my family now consists of effectively 4 adults when it comes to height (yes I am the smallest)! Plus we are nearly at the stage of buying a new car for the husbeast and he always has the larger car and me the smaller one.
Let’s start with how the Citroen C5 Aircross looks. It has a real chunky look to it with a sense of height but then as the husbeast told me the Aircross is an SUV (suburban utility vehicle). Actually we thought it was a really attractive car inside and out.
One of the big benefits of an SUV is the height, which translates to room in the rear for leggy teenagers. In fact it took 3 14 year old boys’ comfortably and the middle seat has a full seatbelt not just a lap belt. There is also lots of practical touches in the rear such as a USB charger and air vent. All three of the rear seats moved forwards and backwards independently.
The boot space is generous (enough for cricket stuff for three children at least) and has an auto open and close via the key fob. There is also a 12v socket should you have an electric cool box or such.
Once you get used to the height and different driving position the Citroen C5 Aircross is a fabulous drive. We tested the 1.5 130 horsepower diesel and it was really nippy and responsive. We both loved the adaptive cruise control feature, making motorway driving safe and stress free. I just had to get used to the fact that it had six speeds! I found parking a doddle even after my tiny C3 thanks to the visio park function which is a rear view camera with a 360 degree all round view.
Even Alvin loved the car.
In Car Technology
One of the biggest takeaways for me was that technology has moved on since I got my car and boy is it cool!
The Citroen C5 Aircross comes with a DAB radio, which is MP3 compatible and has apple airplay. The car also has voice recognition, which is amazing and so useful, not only can you change the radio station with it but you can also use it for the sat nav and for your telephone.
It also has 2 USB sockets which means you can charge you technology, one in the front and one in the rear. Better still it has an wire free charging area!
It also comes with Citroen ConnectedCAM which is a HD camera fitted behind the rear view mirror of the car enabling you to take a photo or video with on social media or by email. it is so clever. In the event of an accident ConnectedCAM is automatically activated and records and saves the footage 30 seconds before and 1 minute after the incident. This offers greater security and could be helpful when dealing with your insurance company later.
Thanks to the GPS function within the ConnectedCAM app, you’re also able easily find your parked car.
Travel sickness and the Citroen C5 Aircross
I am a terrible passenger and it seems that Maxi is following in my footsteps when it comes to travel sickness. Bein on a screen makes it so much worse nad there is no way that I could even contemplate reading a book or looking at my phone!
We were sent a pair of SEETROËN glasses to try and I was skeptical but guess what they worked even though we looked like dorks in them!
They contain a coloured liquid that recreates the horizon line to resolve conflict between the senses. Pop them on and then after 10 to 12 minutes, the glasses enable the mind to resynchronise with the movement perceived by the inner ear while the eyes were focused on an immobile object such as a smartphone or a book. Then you can take the glasses off and enjoy the rest of your journey.
We were provided with a Citroen C5 Aircross 5 Door SUV Flair+ BlueHDI 130 6 Speed manual S&S in Tijuca blue with an on the road RRP of £29775 as a loan vehicle for the purposes of this review, and was compensated for our time.