The Citroën C5 Aircross SUV is the primary product from the PSA Peugeot-Citroën Group in India. Effectively, should you now think about the newly merged entity of Stellantis, then Jeep and Fiat have been right here in fact. However both manner, it is a huge deal since this would be the automotive that asserts the French model’s arrival in India. It performs the function of a flagship in a number of markets and can do the identical right here. To dispel all assumptions, the C5 Aircross sits not within the Creta section, however truly competes with the Tucson. Oh, and ‘Aircross’ is a reputation connected to all Citroën SUV fashions. Why? Let’s simply say the French may be quirky!
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Off late, Citroën has routinely been among the many shortlisted finalists for the Design class on the World Automotive Awards. The model has additionally received the award in 2015! And that’s as a result of it does have very distinct styling that is very particular to the model. Now the face itself may be very distinct and is characterised by the grille aspect. The double chevron sample that’s the model’s emblem is built-in into it. The opposite factor off late that is grow to be a signature is slim DRLs (daytime operating lights) on high, with a giant headlight additional down – nearly recessed into the bumper. That won’t look new to you (since it might remind you of the Hyundai Kona or Creta), but it surely was Citroën that did it first. There’s a truthful quantity of chrome on the automotive and but it’s tasteful and doesn’t look overdone. The end is great on all physique panels and the fabric high quality feels premium.
The C5 Aircross appears to be like compact however is definitely greater and taller than most rivals. When you see the desk beneath, you’ll know what I imply. Alongside the aspect you see some very distinct Citroën design components – the alloy wheel sample, the ‘air bumps’ within the aspect cladding, and the identical form displays in different components like bumper inserts and tailpipes. The boot implies area and the cargo area is beneficiant too. In truth, additionally it is the most important within the class at 580 litres with the second row pushed again. Slide that row ahead and also you get 720 litres, and fold the row down – it’s a huge 1630 litres. The upper ‘Shine’ variant will get an electrical tailgate which may be operated by waving your leg beneath the bumper. The ‘Really feel’ variant additionally misses out on a panoramic sunroof and full LED headlamps.
|Dimensions||Citroen C5 AirCross||Hyundai Tucson||Jeep Compass||Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace|
|Size||4500 mm||4480 mm||4405 mm||4701 mm|
|Width||2099 mm||1850 mm||1818 mm||1839 mm|
|Top||1710 mm||1660 mm||1640 mm||1674 mm|
|Wheelbase||2730 mm||2670 mm||2636 mm||2787 mm|
Tech and Inside
Sure, the second row of seats slide ahead or again, and are additionally equally break up 3 ways. You may fold every part individually. The seats are an enormous focus space additionally for his or her cushioning and sense of consolation. The three-way break up may make every particular person seat really feel a bit slim to some although. However it’s good to have the texture of particular person seats as an alternative of a bench. And sure three-point seatbelts for all three rear occupants. Being the widest automotive within the section offers you a terrific sense of area. I like the seats since they’re so completely different! The usage of sensible gray and white cloth is refreshing – and I want the India variants didn’t get the fake leather-based inserts within the seat. A full cloth seat would have been nice! They give the impression of being good because of a quilted squares-like sample. The seats are well-bolstered with high-density foam-tipped with smooth foam, making them fairly snug. The seats – particularly up entrance – provide you with a way of width. There are additionally springs underneath the seats that provide you with an added sense of consolation that enhances the good journey high quality this automotive has. However I’ll come to that. Stacked AC vents, a really completely different and sensible format, nice screens and graphics, and a premium really feel to the cabin make the Citroën C5 Aircross’ cabin fairly enticing.
Every little thing feels good, however there are some bizarre bits. The beginning/cease button is positioned behind the gear stick – seemingly a direct carryover from a left-hand drive model to the fitting hand. The button itself wants some prodding and coaxing – at instances needing a number of presses to both begin or cease the automotive. Even the hood launch is on the left, however we’ve got seen that carryover additionally in another European automobiles. It ought to have been shifted – and is only a tad annoying. The screens make up for this although. The instrument cluster has a 12.3-inch TFT show that’s crisp and has a number of show choices. The graphics and transitions are additionally reasonably horny and futuristic. You do not get a standard dial format in any show choice – which some might miss. However truthfully, I beloved the display, and its journey and data performance.
Regardless of smaller automobiles now boasting 10.25-inch screens for the central console, on the C5 Aircross it’s an 8-inch touchscreen. However it offers you an important expertise, good decision, and efficient viewing angles. It additionally has a slight matte end which is elegant and avoids fingerprints exhibiting on it. You get traditional options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and implementation is finished very properly. You additionally get extra capacitive buttons that are like shortcuts to enter sure capabilities. So there’s one for the air-con, one for navigation, or music – and in case your telephone is related, the shortcut will take you on to – say Google maps or your Apple music. The draw back is that there isn’t any visible CarPlay or Android shortcut button on the display to simply get again to the interface in case you are within the automotive’s menu. The system is coupled with a six-speaker sound system which sounds fairly first rate too – and you do not actually miss the flowery model Bose or Harmon Kardon sort badging! No wi-fi charging and no related automotive suite or telematics although. Just one USB level in entrance, and one on the rear.
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So the truth that it’s good on tools however not jam-packed signifies the possibility for aggressive pricing. I would reckon something that stays across the ₹ 20-25 lakh mark for each variants could be a job effectively achieved. And also will get the proper of consideration – one thing a brand new model wants.
On security the C5 is loaded, and every thing is commonplace throughout the 2 variants. 6 airbags, Isofix youngster seat mounts, ABS ESP, hill maintain and descent, traction management, parking sensors back and front, reverse digital camera, electrical parking brake, blind-spot warning, and much more makes this well-stacked on security. The automotive has a 4-star crash score from Euro NCAP, and hopefully the Indian constructed one emulates an identical excessive commonplace. The large infotainment show is house to the parking digital camera, which does effectively in low-light too. It additionally offers you a few completely different modes, with 360-degree or 180-degree high and aspect views.
They’re calling this automotive ‘consolation class’. You may assume it is simply advertising and marketing spiel and fairly often it’s, however I’ve to say – consolation actually is a giant focus space on the C5 Aircross, that does give it an edge over the competitors. So sure the journey high quality is totally implausible. The C5 takes to damaged, tough, uneven, and undulating roads with élan. It isn’t like you’ll not really feel a factor, however it’s how a lot of what you are feeling. Evaluate to rivals and this automotive is unquestionably superior. You are feeling actually cushioned and glide over the street with ease. How this has been achieved is by including to the suspension setup. In a standard suspension, there is a mechanical cease, a spring, the shock absorber and identical association on the opposite aspect of it. On the C5’s suspension there’s an addition of a hydraulic cease, which helps restrict the impression of what travls off the street floor to you within the cabin. It’s actually efficient, and the automotive has a really plush journey really feel. It actually does come throughout as finest in school.
So that you may assume all of the softening up has actually compromised the drive dynamics as a result of that usually tends to occur! Excellent news although, since you nonetheless discover first rate dealing with. There’s a slight dulling of the perimeters in sure issues like sharp cornering, however you’ll not discover the dealing with to be weak. And even the steering – although very mild – isn’t smooth and comes throughout as pretty exact. It’s the engine and efficiency the place you may say the automotive comes up missing – although only a bit.
We get just one engine – the 2-litre diesel, and it does the job. However that’s simply it – it won’t exhilarate or shock you. So not as enjoyable as I had hoped, however then hey a sporty SUV isn’t what the corporate is claiming anyway in contrast to many opponents. The transmission is a bit fidgety and you will see that even the operation of the lever itself a bit off. You should shift the transmission to drive mode greater than as soon as at instances to get it to truly interact. However that is a matter of getting used! However by fidgety, I meant that the auto gearbox additionally hesitates a break up second, particularly when stepping down. Fortunately you possibly can take that management in your personal fingers with the paddle shifters. Even so, there’s a slight delay earlier than issues kick in.
|Specs||Citroen C5 Aircross|
|Engine||1997 cc 4-Cylinder Diesel|
|Max Energy||174 bhp @ 3750 rpm|
|Peak Torque||400 Nm @ 2000 rpm|
|Gasoline Effectivity||18.6 kmpl|
Most will discover the automotive clean and simple to function – and sure will overlook any flaws as a consequence of that spectacular journey high quality. The C5 Aircross has Eco and Sport drive modes, and although there isn’t any all wheel drive Citroën provides one thing known as ‘Grip Management’ that sends obligatory traction to the entrance wheels. This is the reason it options sand, all-terrain, and snow drive mode too. In Europe, you’ve gotten two petrol engine choices in addition to a plug-in hybrid. The latter might have been nice for India – as a progressive statement-making mannequin. However perhaps it’s one thing Citroen India might think about in close to future. Claimed mileage on the C5 diesel although is eighteen.6 kmpl – simply the section finest.
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Nonetheless, the C5 Aircross is worthy of not simply being the flagship mannequin for model Citroën, but additionally the fitting product to open the India innings with. The corporate plans one new mannequin a 12 months in India for the foreseeable future, and if that is what we will anticipate when it comes to design, character, tools and driveability, then I say Bienvenue Citroën! The corporate could have 11 dealerships throughout 10 cities by mid-March – which is when the C5 is predicted to go on sale too. It would additionally provide on-line gross sales and have a nomadic cellular showroom – and you’ll take a look at extra on that on this video.