The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

An affordable family mid-range SUV

Starting price: £24,330

Pros

3 full size seats in the back

3 ISOFIX points (2 in back, 1 in front)

Boot size

Lots of storage

Affordable

Cons

Infotainment system

Poor camera quality

Intro

The Citroen C5 Aircross is a great mid-range family car that ticks so many boxes on that essentials list. Citroen have clearly done their homework and researched what features are important to families.

It has a stylish look about it and is easy to drive. Keeping it simple, there are only 3 trim levels to choose from – Sense Plus, Shine and C-Series Edition. We drove the Shine plug-in hybrid and we found it could really move when we put our foot down. There are several fuel options – plug-in hybrid, petrol or diesel depending on your needs. The plug-in hybrid has an electric range of 34 miles and after a couple of days of school runs and trips to the shops, it needed charging. A full charge can take up to 6 hours with a 3 pin plug or 2 hours with a home charging point. Being an SUV, the driving position is nice and high on the road, providing great visibility.

There’s keyless entry and a start/stop button for ease. Our slight quibble was the gear stick. It didn’t seem as easy to manoeuvre compared with other automatic gear sticks. It was slightly awkward when changing from drive to reverse. Although it perhaps just takes a bit of getting used to.

Cruise control comes as standard to ease those longer journeys and there’s an SOS button for emergencies.

Citroen, as with many cars, now provide a “My Citroen app” allowing you to access information about your car on your phone. In choosing the plug-in hybrid, the app will also give you access to charge points and even allow you to pre-heat your car temperature in a morning, so it’s nice and toasty before you set off in the winter months.

Interior

The interior of the Citroen C5 Aircross is nothing to get too excited about, but it is sleek and clean looking. We were really disappointed with infotainment system and 10 inch touchscreen. It’s not very easy to manipulate and looks quite archaic in comparison with so many other cars out there. There are buttons underneath to select from the menu, but these are awkward to press and make selecting what you want difficult. Having said that, smartphone integration comes as standard allowing you to access your phone’s apps on the screen. You’ll be grateful to have this as the car’s Sat Nav pales into significance compared to the clear look of the map app. There’s a digital cockpit behind the steering wheel giving the car a more modern feel.

Dual climate control is accessed through the touchscreen. Not ideal in our opinion. Physical dials seem much safer whilst driving with little ones in the back, instead you’ll have to operate the air con through the screen which is more fiddly.

There are air vents in the back to keep the kiddies cool or warm them up, but there’s no temperature control, so you’ll all have to settle with the same temperature.

Parking the Citroen C5 Aircross is easy due to the front and rear parking sensors. The car also has a rear-view camera and 360° birds eye view of all surrounding areas of the car. We love these cameras; they make parking a car a piece of cake. Sadly, the quality of the view on the touchscreen is poor and not as crisp and clear as with most other cars.

Seats & Passenger Space

Seats in the Citroen C5 Aircross are fabric with leather effect on the Sense Plus trim. Full leather effect is standard on the Shine and C-Series Edition, perfect and easy to keep clean with sticky fingers and inevitable spillages. There is plenty of height and leg space in the front for the driver and passenger and you’ll also find ISOFIX points on the passenger seat – a rare treat. These are incredibly handy to have as an additional extra.

Opt for the Hype Back ambience interior for a whopping £1000 and you’ll gain heated front seats and a massage function on the driver’s seat. From the touchscreen, you can select one of 5 massage functions – one for every war going on in the back! Although, this is quite a hefty price to pay to keep calm!

Moving on to the rear – this is where it gets exciting! Top marks to Citroen for doing their research. The C5 Aircross is the only car in its category fitted with 3 full size individual seats of equal width that slide, recline and even fold flat. The outer 2 seats also have ISOFIX points. We managed to fit 3 large booster seats on the rear bench and 2 large boosters and a rear facing baby seat on the back seat. 3 adults would find the space perfectly adequate. It is worth noting that the middle seat belt is high up in the ceiling (taxi style) so a small middle passenger will need help strapping themselves in.

The rear windows have privacy glass, making those sunny journeys more comfortable without the need for those flimsy stick-on car shades. Unfortunately, the rear doors don’t open as wide as with some cars, so you’ll find placing a rear facing baby seat in the back requires a little more manoeuvring.

Cups & Cubby

Once again, it seems Citroen have done their research and they’ve provided adequate family storage space in the C5 Aircross.

In the front, there are 2 well placed cup holders in between the driver and passenger seats. The front door bins can also accommodate a bottle, although you may find it slides around a little when driving. There’s a storage tray behind the gear stick with a wireless phone charger (available on the Shine or C-Series Edition) and 2 USB ports and an additional small storage tray for keys next to the gear stick. There’s extra storage in the armrest, which you’ll need as sadly the glove box is on the small side.

There are storage pockets on the back of the driver and passenger seats, but they are on the small size and you’ll have to apply some force to get an iPad in there. There’s 1 USB port in the back next to the air vents. Unfortunately, there are no cup holders in the back, but bottles could go in the door bins.

As there are 3 full seats in the back, it’s worth mentioning, you will lose a central column that drops down in most cars revealing extra storage and cupholders.

Boot Space

The boot in the Citroen C5 Aircross is a great size; 580 litres (460 litres if you opt for the plug-in hybrid). That’s bigger than the Nissan Qashqai at 430 litres and the Audi Q3 at 460 litres. The boot floor has 2 positions, meaning you can create a flush opening allowing objects to be placed in and out easily without the need to lift up and over. However, the plug-in hybrid model has a slight drop down at the boot entrance. Additional storage can be found underneath the boot floor for charge cables.

We had no difficulty fitting our stroller in the back of the boot, leaving plenty of room for lots of extra family paraphernalia. We also found there was still plenty of room left, when we placed our large pram in the boot. There’s the option of adding a boot button on the Shine trim for convenience, making opening and closing the boot much easier. The powered tailgate also means you can open the boot with a simple movement of your foot under the rear bumper – great if you’re laden down! This comes as standard if you opt for the C-Series Edition.

Summary

In summary, we really liked the Citroen C5 Aircross, it ticks so many boxes on our family essentials list. Not only does it have a great size boot, lots of storage and 3 ISOFIX points, it’s also the only car in its class to have 3 full sized seats in the back. All this at an affordable price. Go take a look!

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Graco Booster Basic (width 40cm) 1 x Maxi-Cosi Pebble (width 43cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4500mm (L) x 1840mm (W) x 1689mm (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

580 Litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

130 cm

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

201.8

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

38 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-6omph in 8.4 secs