Citroën C5 Air­cross

Are you sit­ting com­fort­ably?


Citroën has launched the C5 Air­cross in Europe, bring­ing a sharp fo­cus on in-car com­fort to the compact, five-seat SUV seg­ment.

It’s the sec­ond model to re­ceive Citroën’s ral­ly­derived Pro­gres­sive Hy­draulic Cush­ion sus­pen­sion, af­ter the C4 Cac­tus. The set-up aims to de­liver “peer­less com­fort” while re­tain­ing the re­laxed char­ac­ter­is­tics of the com­pany’s long-stand­ing hy­drop­neu­matic sys­tem.

The two-stage sys­tem uses a pair of hy­draulic stops – one for com­pres­sion, the other for re­bound. Citroën says this re­sults in “a magic car­pet ride”, even over un­even ground.

So-called Ad­vanced Com­fort seat­ing aims to fur­ther im­prove in­te­rior com­fort with thicker, softer pad­ding and greater ad­just­ment. Mean­while, double-lam­i­nated glass and engine bay sound­proof­ing tackle ex­te­rior noise.

Citroën head of prod­uct Xavier Peu­geot said this will make C5 Air­cross “the most com­fort­able SUV on the mar­ket” and bring “an all-new level of over­all com­fort” to the seg­ment.

The pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Air­cross has been toned down from the orig­i­nal con­cept, with the com­pany’s Air­bumps now less prom­i­nent in a bid to ap­peal to a Chi­nese au­di­ence.

The 4.5m-long, 1.84m-wide C5 Air­cross is built on the same EMP2 plat­form as the Peu­geot 3008 and has a 2.73m wheel­base.

This helps to give it the largest cargo ca­pac­ity of any SUV in the seg­ment, with up to 1630 litres once all three rear seats are folded flat.

UK prices have yet to be con­firmed, but the Air­cross’s start­ing price is ex­pected to be close to the £22,870 en­try point for the 3008. At launch, buy­ers will have a choice of Puretech petrol and Blue­hdi diesel en­gines. A plug-in hy­brid vari­ant, a first for any Citroën, is due in late 2019.

New ma­te­ri­als in the seats are said to boost com­fort

C5 Air­cross makes lit­tle use of Air­bumps to aid its ap­peal in China

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