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Citroen's quality C5


Citroen C5 Aircross, dynamic
Citroen C5 Aircross, front action 3
Citroen C5 Aircross
Citroen C5 Aircross, front action
Citroen C5 Aircross, front
Citroen C5 Aircross, profile
Citroen C5 Aircross, side static
Citroen C5 Aircross, rear static
Citroen C5 Aircross, interior

THE advantage PSA has in its quest for world domination is that basing your outfit on essentially the same underwear you can turn out three very different costumes.

Therefore we have the Peugeot crossovers, very possibly the most successful of modern times and representative of a future world, a high tech flight deck wrapped in Captain Kirk's Sunday best.

Then there are the equivalent Vauxhall's all turned out like a standard issue John Collier suit from the late 70s and not to be driven without a tie and suitable narrow lace-up shoes. In brown all as befits a chap who knows every motorway services, something learnt plying his trade in rep world.

Ah, and the Citroen, now there's a thing.

This time we shall take the C5 Aircross, a coat of many colours, the sort of look only people determined to stand out in the high street would want. Even a blindfolded man on a galloping horse could not be struck by the distinctive tones and lines of this car.

For all the presentation and design effort, the £30,725 commanded by the Flair PureTech 180 EAT8 is good value for a car both technically adept and tastefully appointed.

The only meaningful option was leather upholstery which pushed the ticket up by £1,770. You can opt for the PSA Grip Control package which helps in poor weather and loose surfaces but is not 4x4.

Powered by a 1,600 turbo engine the C5, a big car this, is far from a slug at 8.2 seconds to 62mph via an eight-speed automatic gearbox which responds well and is, of course, trotted out across the PSA stable to great effect.

The direct injection petrol engine won't give you a kicking at the pumps, either. Mid to late 30s should be attainable. Tax is at the standard rate and emissions are 129g/km.

It is more of a cruiser then a sporting option, the C5 gobbles up distance but considering it is quite a tall car handles well across the moorland and through the glens.

There is a lot of equipment including a full safety consideration with an anti-skid system and stability control along with all those qualities taken for granted these days.

Similarly inside there is a reversing camera in the touch screen and rear ventilation.

On the security front there are all the locking features of a maximum Cat-A jail.

It is hardly worth mentioning entertainment and connectivity. If you have not fitted DAB, Bluetooth navigation and software links you frankly don't have a viable car.

The driver's seat is electric and the three rear sets have a recline angle feature.

I don't know what else Citroen could have fitted in a clean and well thought out interior with loads of storage space.

This is one of the few cars I can think of that has a style heading in the equipment manifest. It says a lot about what a customer finds important. That little lot includes colour door handles, glass black radiator and bumpers, air bump panels and other delights of a tight-trousered nature. You can have a colour pack at no cost. Mine was red.

What will you use one for? Family transport, plenty of room for five, towing a caravan, 1,500kg braked, and touring the countryside because you sit quite high and practicality is great, as is passenger space. Seats up leaves 580-litres for you luggage.

A nice drive this, cruises well but would I buy one? Not while the is a Peugeot 5008 in which I can pretend to be an extra in Star Wars. Same underpants, totally different superhero.


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