If you’re a lover of old Citroëns, as I am, the chances are the arrival of the C5 Aircross will be bittersweet. This is, after all, the first range-topping Citroën to be launched for more than 60 years without the company’s trademark hydropneumatic suspension system even available as an option. It also completes a transformation in the company’s range that has left it without a single traditional saloon or estate model; instead, Citroëns – at least in the UK – are either SUVs, MPVs, vans or small hatchbacks. And yet, the Aircross arrives with left-field styling, a clever suspension system of its own designed with comfort in mind, and an emphasis on practicality – all principles central to the best models the company’s ever produced. For the die-hard fans, then, there’s promise here, even if it comes in a shape few will recognise. The thing is, for most of this new model’s buyers, all of this is of little consequence. … [Read more...] about Citroën C5 Aircross review: a family-friendly SUV that echoes the good old days of French car design
Citroen aircross review
Citroen’s take on the compact SUV is a typically distinctive effort from the French masters of quirk. After a wilderness period of bland offerings like the Saxo and Xsara in the 90s, the last decade or so has seen Citroen regain its mojo and cars like the C3, the Cactus and the C3 Aircross stand out from the competition with bold styling, bright colours and a peculiar mix of retro/futuristic styling. Citroen C3 Aircross Price: £18,935 (£21,855 as tested) I tested the range-topping petrol engine, the 1.2-litre Puretech 130. It’s a punchy, turbocharged three-cylinder unit which is fun to drive around the town and powerful enough for comfortable cruising on the motorway. The chunky gear knob attached to the shift might be in keeping with the rest of the interior styling, but I found it annoying that it didn’t fit nicely in the palm of my hands. The six-speed transmission itself is very vague, and changing gear feels like stirring soup with a biro at times. The … [Read more...] about Citroen C3 Aircross review
Citroen appear to be trying to confuse us. Not long ago, we had the C3 hatchback, the C4 Cactus crossover and the C5 large hatchback/estate. Now, everything’s been rearranged – the C3 has been joined by the C3 Aircross crossover, the C4 has become a regular hatchback and the C5 has been complete redesigned, renamed C5 Aircross and relaunched as an SUV rival to the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, Skoda Karoq et al. Whatever it’s called and wherever it’s positioned, the C5 is very clearly part of the new Citroen family. It follows the chunky, squared-off trend that has become the brand’s trademark, with broad horizontal lines, stacked headlights, airbump strips and splashes of high-contrast colour on the beveled rectangle features and roof bars. The look is slightly spoiled on the C5 Aircross simply because of the car’s height, which gives it a bluff, stretched front end but it’s still a cheekier, friendlier looking thing than the sharp-edged models … [Read more...] about Citroen C5 Aircross review
Anything, absolutely anything, that makes the ubiquitous family sport-utility market any more interesting than its current state of indolent torpor should be greeted like a supply ship to stranded sailors. So whatever sort of fist Citroën has made with its new C5 Aircross, we should welcome the Gallic kings of weird into this market. Let’s not get carried away, however. In the C5 Aircross’s promotional blurb, Citroën depicts its past and undeniably interesting vehicles, but by and large those were the ones that eventually provoked the firm’s 1974 bankruptcy and its merger with (and effective takeover by) Automobiles Peugeot. True, in the last five years, with cars such as the DS3 (which started... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Citroen C5 Aircross review: comfort and joy
5 Without boasting, we get to drive a lot of cars. Brand new this, mid-life facelifted that, everything from urban SUVs to supercars, but without exception they come with a massive dollop of technology and complexity that perhaps a large number of drivers don't want or need. Certainly our 'agony uncle' Honest John's postbag regularly contains complaints about how the raft of safety and comfort technology means that there's more to go wrong. I must be getting old, but I number myself among that group. While I'm not a Luddite and embrace all the convenience items in modern cars, much of my driving consists of a short commute and general leisure use. And I generally know where I'm going so I tend not to require a satnav. So I've been hunting for a car that's relatively simple. Not as in basic, or necessarily cheap, but one that's more suited to the aforementioned usage. And wonder of wonders, this week the new Citroen Berlingo arrived. We've long championed … [Read more...] about 2018 Citroen Berlingo review: is this the perfect family car?