Up in the Air...


ver­sion or £32,725 for a 2.0-litre diesel.

Both of the range top­pers have 180bhp on tap giv­ing the car more than enough per­for­mance and both are fit­ted with eight speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sions.

Of­fi­cially there’s less than half a sec­ond be­tween the two when it comes to 0 to 60 times with the PureTech model marginally quicker at 8.2 sec­onds and the BlueHDi diesel 8.6.

Top speeds are 134mph for the petrol and 131 for the diesel but the real dif­fer­ence comes with fuel econ­omy which is rated at 60.1 to the gal­lon for the oil burner with the PureTech ver­sion com­ing in at 49.6.

Emis­sions are 129 and 124g/km and that’s on 19-inch wheels in top grade Flair Plus trim. En­try level Feel mod­els fea­ture 130bhp en­gines with a 1.6-litre diesel rated at 68.9mpg and a 1.2-litre PureTech petrol model – both with man­ual gear­boxes – at 54.3.

Those are com­mend­able fig­ures for a car that tips the scales at some 1.5 tonnes and on our runs in the two higher powered ver­sions of the C5 Air­cross we saw av­er­ages of 39mpg for the PureTech and 43 for the diesel – both im­pres­sive given the con­di­tions.

The C5 Air­cross is a hugely im­por­tant ve­hi­cle for Citroen – its first model in this class of SUV since 2013 – and not only is it dressed to im­press but comes kit­ted out with no less than 20 safety and driver aids.

Those in­clude Citroen’s first semi­au­tonomous driving set up that will hold the ve­hi­cle’s po­si­tion on the road au­to­mat­i­cally and – on the auto trans­mis­sion mod­els – an adap­tive cruise con­trol sys­tem which can stop the ve­hi­cle and move off with­out driver in­ter­ven­tion.

Other fea­tures in­clude lane de­par­ture and blind spot warn­ings, au­to­matic park­ing and a sur­round­view cam­era sys­tem while Citroen’s Con­nect­edCAM dash cam is stan­dard fit on mid-grade Flair trim mod­els and on top spec­i­fi­ca­tion Flair Plus cars and a £200 option on Feel ver­sions.

Con­nec­tiv­ity is fully smart­phone com­pat­i­ble and there’s a Mir­rorLink func­tion to show your phone’s con­tents on the car’s eight-inch dis­play screen.

Sat nav is stan­dard on all but the en­try level ver­sion and the C5 Air­cross also sees the in­tro­duc­tion of a multi-mode in­stru­ment panel which can be con­fig­ured in a va­ri­ety of ways to show ev­ery­thing from con­ven­tional di­als to nav­i­ga­tion in­for­ma­tion.

On­board stor­age is above av­er­age and in­cludes a dou­ble-top open­ing cen­tre con­sole, a fair sized glove­box and a wire­less phone charg­ing pad.

Where the C5 Air­cross scores is with its ride and han­dling which in this class of car is top notch thanks to Citroen’s Pro­gres­sive Hy­draulic Cush­ion shock absorbers which iron out all but the most se­vere bumps as if they weren’t there.

Cou­ple the ad­vanced ride to ex­tra pad­ding in the seats and the C5 Air­cross is one of the most com­fort­able cars around – and that goes for off-road use too.

And with a slid­ing rear seat­ing ar­range­ment made up of three in­di­vid­ual seats, boot space ranges from a min­i­mum of be­tween 580 and a class lead­ing 720 litres to a max­i­mum of 1,630 with a load length of some 1.9 me­tres.

All in all, the C5 Air­cross is quite a pack­age and its ride qual­ity is sec­ond to none in this class of SUV.

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