TEST – With its new compact SUV, Citroen is part of the tradition of favorable models that have marked the peak of its almost century-old history.
At the rate of launching the model yearly, Citroen makes a new life. Finally for a sign of the rafters that nothing will be spared during their hundred years of existence, the tutelage is often impassable. Since the DS label received independence in 2014, by siphoning a part of its mentoring repertoire, the toothpick was asked to renew. The plan invented by Ksavier Peugeot, Product Manager, puts priority on SUVs, a silhouette that turns motorcycle heads around the world. It works pretty well for him. Gradually, the brand regenerates the level of its former life, despite the disappearance of the C5 road and growing minus disappointments. In order to follow a new confirmation, Citroen in the coming days is powered by a compact SUV, C5 Aircross, cousin Peugeot 3008, DS7 Crossback and Opel Grandland Ks. Well, on his skin, this car forgets the first uncertain experience in the segment (C-Crosser), with the help of Mitsubishi.
Curves and colors
While sharing 60% of the common parts with 3008, Citroen SUV keeps its personality. The aggressiveness sought in the Sochauk model, it contrasts smooth records, continuously with the latest achievements of the brand. The family spirit is transmitted through a dual deck, a pavilion that looks like floating, especially with a black roof, and the familiar illuminated Airbumps on the thresholds and the corresponding touch colors. This large Aircross boasts no less than 30 combinations of 7 color combinations including bold orange, 3 color pens and black roof (+ 350 €). If he makes the C5 sedan, which manages the chain of the Rennes plant, 280 mm long, this veteran fighter sees his wheelbase 55 mm in comparison to 3008. Of all the SUV's PSA, the largest (1.67 m) and the largest from the floor (23 cm). On the technical side, there is no four-wheel drive that distinguishes a true crossover-like adventurer. And the arrival of the hybrid rechargeable model in the first quarter of 2020 will not change anything, because the 225 hp version has been selected. The four-wheel drive (300 hp) is reserved for DS7 Crossback and 3008.
Citroen leaves the boldness and originality of the i-cockpit in Peugeot to offer a conventional reinforcement, but it's well-decorated. The obvious quality is not to be ashamed of the comparison for the model that is at the heart of the segment in terms of tariffs (from € 24,700) and which is a bit frozen in the market for references to the world of luggage and new sets of upholstery materials are especially successful, regardless of the material selected (fabric, mixed fabric-skin or blistered skin). The presence of hard plastic, especially in the lower parts, and dated screen graphics qualifies a rather positive balance of the practical cabin (33 liters of storage) and converts into digital instruments. The board facing the driver offers plenty of customization options, while the circulation in the central table relies on shortcuts. Chevron SUV uses its size to show satisfactory life in the rear seats. He would try to redirect families of the C4 Space Tourer to not work differently. Functionality and modularity are neat.
Unlike the Chinese version that was sold since 2017, the European model replaced the rear seat with three individual seats that did not sink and whose decision was arbitrated by Carlos Tavares. They individually slide to 150 mm and whose back is inclined over an amplitude of 7.5 degrees (19 to 26.5 degrees). They also overlap individually to achieve a flat floor, using seat belts a bit unassailable. To finish converting to C5 Aircross, the manufacturer ensures that one suitcase can fit more than its C4 minivan. With the presence of a spare wheel galley (+ 120 €), the hull is amputated 30 liters, but remains among the best in the category. The volume varies from 550 to 690 liters depending on the position of the rear seats. It can be increased to 1600 liters for a loading length of 1.90 m.
Five levels of levels are available and already signed orders show an advantage for the ultimate Shine version. Includes many utility programs to run a program with a counter of up to twenty, including an adaptive cruise control with shutdown, and shutdown and tracing maintenance.
On the way, C5 Aircross is moving away from its rivals. Especially if you take the roads that, like those we encountered during our test at the foot of Moroccan Atlas, are in a very poor condition, multiplying deformations, routines and donkeys. This SUV brings secret boot: the Advanced Comfort program. Includes coated (+ 15 mm thick) and softer seats and suspensions with hydraulic stop. This family fighter is not far from creating the effect of a flying carpet characterized by the known hydropneumatic suspension developed by the DS brand. Without effective fall, this royal comfort in all circumstances is paid for small rolls, diving movements accentuated during braking and pumping propensity when speed is accelerated on uneven roads. The brake does not appear to be sufficiently uniform. In any case, the versions have tried, although the most powerful of the launch spans (180 ch) do not possess this kind of pranks. They are linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission whose long attitude promotes consumption rather than dynamism. In fact, it's hard to punish them.
The diesel version guarantees a more solid story, but at the expense of an unpleasant sound, it is weakened by the perfect control of the acoustics. Less drivers will use the gasoline version more, more powerful, but no characters. With the sporting regime, the management welcomes the added firmness. On the roads it became inconvenient due to the heavy rainfall, in the absence of complete transmission, the influenza control system integrated the aid of a downhill (from 300 to 700 euros depending on completion) and playing on EPS settings in accordance with field holding was a valuable ally. Under these conditions, the rear towel was too small to properly clean the rear window.
The C5 Aircross achieves a major impact thanks to the offer of a new synthesis between the SUV and minivan, providing comfort far beyond the plot and never being seen at this level of scope. The offer is even more attractive as prices are at the heart of the market, just above those Ford Kuga, but less than 1000 euros to their cousin, the Peugeot 3008.
Cylinder capacity: 1.598 and 1.999 cm3, 4-cylinder. turbo petrol and diesel
Power: 180 hp at 5,500 rpm and at 3,750 rpm
Torque: 250 Nm at 1.650 and 400 Nm at 2000 rpm
Gearbox: Traction, 8-speed automatic transmission
Dimensions (L / H / H mm): 4.500 to 1.969 to 1.654 mm
Safe: 580 liters (without spare wheel gallery)
Weight: 1.430 and 1.540 kg
Performance (0-100 km / h): 8.2 and 8.6 seconds
Speed: 219 and 211 km / h
Consumption (mixed EU): 5.7 and 4.7 l / 100 km
Emissions (CO2): 129 and 124 g / km
Price: 33 150 and 36 050 €