Purchase guide.  Who can compete with the comfort of the Citroën C5 Aircross?

Purchase guide. Who can compete with the comfort of the Citroën C5 Aircross?

You don’t change a winning team too much. Close to 250,000 C5 AIrcross have passed since the launch in 2018. Before finding the latest evolution of the 3008 and the future Renault Austral on its way, the C5 Aircross adopts a new, more vertical front end, a shiny black grille and 3d LED lights.

Inside, the central console has been redesigned, the multimedia screen increases to 10 inches on the versions with combustion engine navigation (and from the Feel version in hybrid), in a revised dashboard. The advanced comfort seats are even softer and the rear seats retain their sliding function.

A reduced range

C5 Aircross is offered in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid. In essence, it is the inevitable 1.2 l of 130 hp which is at work with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an EAT8 automatic. In diesel, it is still a 130 hp and, in plug-in hybrid (a motorization on the rise), it is the 225 hp version which is offered (PureTech 180 hp EAT8 and 80 kW electric motor).

If the engine proposals are reduced, the C5 Aircross is available in 5 finishes: Live, Feel, Feel pack, Shine, Shine pack, reinforced by a start-of-market finish: C-series on the Feel pack basis.





The safe bet of the segment is however less roomy than the C5 Aircross but it benefits from a more dynamic handling. Peugeot picture

Internal competition

Among the competitors present, Peugeot and Opel offer the 3008, the 5008 and the Grandland. Displayed at less than €37,000 in Shine level which has very complete equipment, it maintains a gap of more than €2,500 with the 3008 PureTech 130 EAT8 in GT finish (€39,470), more dynamic but less habitable, and even more with the 5008 (€42,070 for a comparable version) equipped with two extra seats in the third row.

The Grandland starts at €30,900, or around €2,000 more at entry level; on the other hand, it receives the two rechargeable hybrid versions in 225 and 300 hp which starts at 53,700 €.



The interest of the Qashqai is to be able to have, as an option, the 4-wheel drive transmission, a possibility unknown on the C5 Aircross which is not available in a hybrid4 version.  Nissan pictures

The interest of the Qashqai is to be able to have, as an option, the 4-wheel drive transmission, a possibility unknown on the C5 Aircross which is not available in a hybrid4 version. Nissan pictures

foreign opponents

The first competition comes from the Alliance with the Nissan Qashqai, recently renewed, and which has a slightly more powerful engine with a 1.3 l with mild hybridization delivering 158 hp. Displayed at €38,200 in the N-Connecta finish, the Qashqai is equivalent in price, which can make it interesting, but it is equipped with a CVT box called X-Tronic.

A Qashqai that only has a 430 l trunk compared to 580 to 720 l (depending on the position of the rear seats). At Ford, the Kuga only exists in light hybridization and E85 Flexifuel fuel or in rechargeable hybrid; with its 225 hp and a price of €41,650 in Titanium finish, it is better placed than the C5.



Very well finished and with a convincing engine, the Sportage / Tucson duo is available in 150 hp GDi petrol, classic hybrid 230 hp and rechargeable hybrid 265 hp.  An interesting offer in terms of power/price ratio.  Kia pictures

Very well finished and with a convincing engine, the Sportage / Tucson duo is available in 150 hp GDi petrol, classic hybrid 230 hp and rechargeable hybrid 265 hp. An interesting offer in terms of power/price ratio. Kia pictures

Korea strong

Other competitors, the duo made up of the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. They share the same light hybridization engine: 1.6 l turbo 150 hp with DCT-7 gearbox. They have many arguments to put forward, in particular a welcoming interior and a very rich standard endowment; the general presentation is serious and the warranty is a big plus with 5 and 7 years or 150,000 km.

In Creative finish, the Tucson is displayed at €36,300 and the Sportage is announced at €37,990 (design). For both, the level of comfort is slightly below that of the C5, which displays unperturbed comfort thanks to the suspensions with active stop and the Advanced comfort seats.

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