was curious like a child about knowing more about the all new Citroen C5
Aircross SUV suspension. The company claimed this car was all about comfort
engineering and at heart of this were four main themes that included Flying
Carpet effect, cocooned in comfort, panoramic life and intuitive technologies.
carpet? Were these exaggerated words from the company? I had to check this
flying carpet claim the moment I got my keys to this SUV. And what better way
to do that than by driving on Delhi’s potholed roads. Boy, I was stumped. This
car did not drive, it kind of floated. How could any car drive so smoothly?
have suspensions with progressive hydraulic cushions exclusively designed by
Citroen for this model. It smoothens large bumps and minor road surface
imperfections, which in turn lets you experience a flying carpet feel. And
while doing so, it also ensures stability and dynamics.
suspensions have a shock absorber, a spring and a mechanical bump stop. The New
Citroën C5 Aircross SUV comes with progressive hydraulic cushions that provide
specially designed suspension on either side for rebound and compression for
the occupants’ comfort. When big bumps
are encountered, the hydraulic cushions keep suspension movement controlled and
progressive. The child in me was screaming out in glee. Now it was time to
check out what else could I enjoy inside its spacious cabin.
you step inside the cabin you get see sophisticated interiors with grey grained
leather and graphite cloth, gloss black details and chrome inserts. The centre
console and dashboard top are in grey. The Citroen C5 Aircross comes in two
variants. One is the Shine, the other is the Feel. The former is the top model
with a panoramic sun roof with dual electric motors, LED headlamps and
hands-free electric tailgate which you can simply open by moving your foot
under the rear bumper and close with the touch of a button. The rest is kind of
similar in both the models. We got the Feel variant to drive.
coming to the seats, well in order to experience top notch suspension comfort,
you need to have seats to match it and Citroen has done exactly that with its
seats, drawing inspiration from contemporary furniture. They are not just broad
and cushiony with more than adequate under thigh and back support, but provide
room for occupants to sit with extreme comfort. High density foam is at the
heart of each seat and a thick, textured foam at the surface.
driver seat gets electrical adjustments for all movement including height, but
what sticks out as a sore thumb is the manual adjustment in the form of a
rotary knob on the side of the seat to adjust lumbar support or lower back
support. That’s strange; when all adjustments are electrical why bring in a manual
adjustment that can actually sprain your back while attempting to move the
the co passenger seat in front, gets manual adjustments, which is kind of okay,
but again it gets a large rotary knob on the side for adjusting the seat back
coming to the rear, you get three independent adjustable rear seats of the same
width. These are relatively comfortable seats but the one in the middle can be
a tad uncomfortable for an adult because of the AC vent unit protruding out and
hampering your leg space.
since these seats have multiple reclining positions and the ability to slide up
to 150 mm, they are comfortably accommodating. The modular and flexible rear
seat design offers fold-away rear seats that provide a perfectly flat floor for
generous luggage-carrying capacity. You can reconfigure the roomy, flexible
interior of the new Citroën C5 Aircross SUV to suit your needs. On board air
quality system (AQS) enhances sense of well being as it automatically filters
and purifies the air entering and circulating through the cabin.
New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV has a roomy 580L boot, but when you move the rear
seats to their furthest forward position and you’ve got up to 720L, giving you
the most generous boot in its class. With the modular rear seats folded away,
there’s an amazing 1630L of boot space. And not to miss are the several
permutations and combinations you can have with the seats for your storage.
of storage, there is plenty in this car.
The large compartment under the central armrest has a section that can
carry a 1.5L bottle, whilst the glove box and door pockets provide ample
storage. You also get large storage area at the front of the centre console.
Buttons & Switches
you are seated on the driver’s seat you actually begin to wonder where the
start stop engine switch is. In many cars this start button is usually on the
left or right side of the steering wheel on the dashboard. Sometimes it is on
the centre console, it’s usually closer to the driver seat. But here this
button is further away closer to the co passenger seat. I mean you really have
to get used to new set up. Even the gear shifter is positioned closer to the co
passenger seat. I feel the manufacturers have used the same centre console
module made for the left hand drive vehicles and fixed it without any changes.
It’s all about getting used to now in this car.
I get straight to the other switches and buttons, this car also has the hood
opening lever on the left. This will mean that every time you drive in the car
and enter a hotel or any other place that requires you to open your hood for
security reasons, you have to either go across to the other side to tug at the
lever or perhaps ask the person sitting next to you to do that or if there is
no one, you may have to ask the guy frisking your car to do that. It’s a norm
today all across the country that whenever you enter big malls, hotels and
offices, you need to open your hood, your boot and sometimes even show what is
inside the glove box, all for security purposes.
steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach. Just behind the steering wheel
you have lever switches for windshield wipers on right, for the exterior lights
on the left, with cruise controls at the bottom. The steering wheel comes with
controls on the left and right along with paddle shifters.
to the centre console, you have a neat looking gear shifter which can be
operated by pressing on the unlock button on its right side and shifting modes
to R, N and D as you wish. The shifter also has a button for P which is the
Parking mode. At the bottom of the gear shifter you have a M or Manual button
which can be engaged once you shift to the D mode. Once the green light on the
M button glows, you can manually change the gears using the paddle shifters.
behind the gear shifter on the centre console you have the electronic parking brake. Next to the Start Stop engine button you have
switches for Eco Drive and Sport Mode and there is also one for activating and
deactivating Hill Descent Assist. The Hill Descent Assist holds your vehicle at
a low, controllable speed on steep slopes. It works in forward and reverse
gears as well as neutral.
large rotary knob on the centre console allows you to engage the various modes
while you are either on Eco or Sports mode. These modes include Snow Mode, Mud
Mode, Sand mode and ESP system deactivation mode. This is a traction control system created to
optimise front wheel grip for all kinds of road surfaces.
the dashboard just above the gear shifter you get a USB slot and 12 V socket.
Immediately above that you have switches for hazard light, switch for
deactivating the start/stop feature at traffic lights, door opening and closing
switch, switch for shutting down AC blower completely, switches for front and
rear defoggers, switch for internal air circulation and the one on the extreme
left is the volume control knob.
level above these buttons are the touch buttons for various commands that
reflect on the touch screen too. These include the likes of Bluetooth
telephony, Mirror link, Android Auto settings etc. Then you also have touch
buttons for changing driving functions and vehicle settings. Driving functions include Park Assist feature
for parallel and perpendicular parking with automatic steering control. Other
driving functions that can be altered include parking sensors, under inflation
initialization and setting memorised speed for both speed limiter as well as
cruise control. Vehicle settings include that for parking, headlights, comfort
with the buttons and switches you get eight inches touch screen infotainment
system and a 12.3 inches TFT digital instrument panel for clear display of
vital vehicle information. The latest 8” touchscreen brings you instant
responses and clear usability of your smartphone. It enables you to access and
enjoy the features of your smartphone and stay connected with it on the road.
This intelligent app uses the touchscreen to mirror your smartphone, displaying
all driving compatible apps. Depending on your phone’s operating system, apps
can be controlled by voice so you can keep your eyes on the road. The system is
compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
3 Personalisation modes and 3 Ambience options of Brown, Blue and Red, the two
digital displays are customisable for your taste and mood.
car also comes with a unique coffee break alert. When it’s time to take a break,
this system sends you a warning. It activates once you’ve been driving for two
hours continuously at more than 65 km/h. We could not experience this feature
as our drive involved a lot of stoppages.
part of the safety feature, the vehicle gets a blind spot monitoring system
wherein it warns you if there’s a vehicle in your blind spots, using an orange
LED in the corner of the driver side ORVM.
C5 Aircross SUV looks bold and beautiful. Upfront it gets a muscular stance
with double chevron design. Apart from the chrome lines, it has a matte black
upper grille. The car has silver anodized bumper and stylish barrettes.
it is LED headlamps for the Shine variant, the Feel variant gets halogen with
LED DRLs. The front fog lamps come with cornering function.
to the side and you get to see the dynamic chromed 'C' motif, which is basically the big chrome surround
around the windows. Then there are the body side moulding including the fender.
It gets LED turn Indicators on ORVM. The vehicle also gets silver anodized airbump
and roof bar Insert. The vehicle sits on
‘’SWIRL’’ two tone diamond cut alloy wheels. The tyres come in 235 / 55 R18
LED rear lamps greet you at the rear. The rear too gets fog lamps and an LED
high mount stop lamp. An integrated spoiler and chrome dual exhaust pipes give
the rear a very sporty appearance.
Engine & Performance
all new Citroen is powered by a DW10FC 4 cylinder diesel engine with a
displacement of 1997cc. It churns out around 175hp @ 3750 rpm and a peak torque
of 400Nm@2000rpm. The engine is mated to an eight speed automatic transmission.
The company claims that this vehicle gives a fuel efficiency of 18.6km to a
litre of diesel . The fuel tank can hold around 52.5 litres of diesel.
have access to keyless entry and start as you can lock and unlock the car
without taking out the key. The New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV also recognises you
as you approach the vehicle.
latest EAT8 automatic gearbox provided relatively smooth shifts between gears
and when we were in the manual mode with the use of steering wheel mounted
paddles, we felt the effectiveness of this gearbox.
came easy for this machine, especially in the sport mode wherein it simply got
into action when we floored the accelerator. The ride and handling too was
perfect and when he hit some twisties, the car was planted to the road and gave
some very perfect ride. The suspension as mentioned earlier, has been
incredibly fine tuned for Indian roads and provided us with some great
comfort, far superior to very many
expensive cars out there on the road.
like hill start assist and reverse camera add to the convenience factors. The hill start assist is designed to prevent
unwanted movement when you release the brake pedal on slopes. Hill Start Assist
works on gradients over 3%. It holds the vehicle for about 2 seconds, giving
you time to move from brake to accelerator pedal. As for the reverse camera,
once you engage the reverse gear, the camera displays a 180° rear view on the 8”
touchscreen with additional coloured lines that act as your guidelines.
double laminated front windows and acoustic windshield glass, it’s a perfect
cabin out there with wind and road noise being kept to an absolute minimum.
features include front driver and passenger airbags (includes passenger airbag
deactivation function), front seat side airbags and curtain airbags. Apart from
some of the safety features explained earlier, this SUV also gets isofix anchorages,
auto door unlock on crash and electric child lock for the rear door, among
all new Citroen C5 Aircross SUV has set a benchmark among vehicles in India,
irrespective of their size and price, for its absolutely brilliant suspension. To
say that in Hinglish, “it’s like makhan”. SO what do we say to that? As for its
performance, it’s got a very torquey engine and can cover long distances with
great ease. The C5 Aircross has definitely raised the bar in the Indian SUV
segment in terms of its ride quality and
performance. Say Cheese to that!
No. Of Cylinders
Max. Engine Output, PS (kW) @ rpm
Max. Torque, Nm @ rpm
Fuel Efficiency (Kmpl)
Fuel Tank Capacity, L
Overall Length, mm
Overall Width (Mirrors Open), mm
Overall Height (Unladen), mm
Wheel Base, mm
Min. Turning Circle Radius (m)
Boot Space, L
TYRES & WHEELS
177 PS (175hp) @ 3750 rpm
400 Nm @ 2000 rpm
580 / 720 (w/Rear Seats In Forward Position) /
1630 (w/Rear Seats Folded)
Macpherson Strut Suspension With Double Progressive Hydraulic
Compression And Rebound
Twist Beam Axle With Single Progressive Hydraulic Cushions®
Tilt & Telescopic
235 / 55 R18
‘’SWIRL’’ Two Tone Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
235 / 55 R18 Alloy
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