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Citroen C5 Aircross facelift evaluate: New hits, outdated misses | Autocar India

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Citroen’s flagship crossover will get design updates, a brand new touchscreen and a much bigger price ticket.

Citroen’s flagship for India, the C5 Aircross, is a singular, flavourful tackle the 5-seater premium crossover phase, competing with the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan. For 2022, the C5 will get a facelift that comes with refreshed styling and an all-new touchscreen amongst different new options. Priced at Rs 36.67 lakh, not solely is it Rs 4.77 lakh costlier than its introductory worth in April 2021, it is usually the most costly automobile in its class.

Nonetheless probably the most distinctive, trendy crossovers round.

This up to date model is available in one fully-loaded Shine variant that’s powered by a diesel engine mated to an computerized, which transmits energy to the entrance wheels.

Citroen C5 Aircross facelift: exterior modifications

Just like the pre-facelift model, the refreshed mannequin wears an unmistakable fashion, totally different from anything on the market due to its cleverly executed, distinct and characterful design components. This facelifted C5 proudly flaunts its outsized model id on its nostril; the double-chevron brand is bigger than earlier than and now sports activities a brand new look, with every of the chevrons completed in black with chrome outlining. Its grille will get two chrome-studded parallel traces that tastefully mix into the dual LED DRLs, which are actually positioned inside the headlamp cluster. Gone is the split-headlamp set-up, which makes method for a single unit. However this new design is much from typical, as on nearer inspection you’ll discover a singular, layered casing that’s each quirky and funky. The air-dam under is redesigned, too, and is underlined by a shiny chin completed in silver. Changing pink highlights across the repositioned fake air-vents and across the trapezoidal factor on the facet physique cladding are gray highlights with all however the white physique paint choice; with the latter, these highlights are blue.

Silver highlights substitute the pink ones on the outgoing model. These are blue with white physique paint.

The concave, flat bonnet has been retained, which, together with the distinct physique cladding, roof rails and its upright stance, lends it some much-needed SUV cred. New 18-inch alloys completed in a two-tone shade complement its styling, whereas the distinct C-shaped window define in silver provides simply the correct quantity of glitz to its facet profile. Modifications on the rear are restricted to the tail-lamps, which retain their fundamental silhouette however, just like the entrance, function a layered casing and get enticing new LED components inside.

Citroen C5 Aircross facelift: inside and options

Citroen’s unconventional design theme continues on the within and whereas it largely retains most bits, it’s the central space of the dashboard that will get the largest change. A brand new 10-inch horizontally-oriented free-standing touchscreen is likely one of the speaking factors of this facelift. It seems to be slightly upmarket with a crisp and clear show, and is considerably higher than the outgoing dated display screen. Responses are a bit sluggish, nonetheless, and Citroen hasn’t used this chance to incorporate wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (it will get a wired set-up), nor does it get a nicer sounding, branded audio system. Fortunately, Citroen has retained the shortcut keys to entry varied infotainment menus, a bodily quantity button, in addition to bodily toggle switches under to manage sure key features.

The largest speaking level is the brand new touchscreen which has richer graphics and appears very premium

Citroen has additionally corrected the swap and button orientation on the centre console to make it extra fitted to right-hand drivers now and it seems to be clutter-free, due to the gear lever that’s now changed by a toggle-like drive selector. Curiously, you can not swap the drive selector from ‘P’ to ‘R’ immediately, and it goes to ‘N’ by default. The big rotary traction mode selector and drive mode buttons have now been clubbed right into a single swap positioned under the gear selector, so you’ll be able to toggle between Sport, Eco and Regular drive modes, in addition to Snow, Mud and Sand traction modes, utilizing the identical controller.

Gear selector placement now higher fitted to proper hand drive orientation.

The C5 retains its giant 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and like earlier than, it’s simple on the eyes however it isn’t half as thrilling in its operation or performance. The entrance seats have been reupholstered and are fairly snug, with the motive force’s seat providing electrical adjustment. Nonetheless, some would possibly discover lumbar assist a contact extreme. Consolation options like entrance seat air flow, seat reminiscence and a 360-degree digital camera are anticipated in a automobile of this worth, however are nonetheless lacking from the gear checklist.

Seats are very comfortable, albeit some would possibly discover lumbar a bit extreme.

There may be loads of area on the rear and the panoramic sunroof does effectively to flood the cabin with gentle too. The C5 continues with the three-seat format, which may be slid ahead or again individually, or reclined individually. And whereas this set-up is ok to seat three adults in cheap consolation, when there are simply two adults seated, they’ll miss a central armrest, the contoured seats gained’t enable them to stretch out and sit comfortably, and the seat belt buckles may really feel a bit intrusive. Therefore, this rear seat expertise isn’t pretty much as good as a traditional bench seat, which may make it a deal-breaker for some. What’s good is the large 580-litre boot – it packs in a full-sized spare tyre with an alloy wheel, which is uncommon today, and the tailgate is electronically operable too.

Three particular person seats not the comfiest whereas ferrying two adults.

Citroen C5 Aircross facelift: efficiency and gasoline effectivity

With no petrol engine choice or all-wheel drive, Citroen has narrowed down the C5’s enchantment. On the flip facet, this 177hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine and 8-speed computerized are one of many nicest and smoothest round. 

One of many smoother engines on the market; it’s fast too.

The engine is responsive and the build-up of pace is fast, with the torque-converter computerized seamlessly transmitting energy to the entrance wheels. So intuitive is the 8-speeder that you simply’ll seldom discover the necessity to tug the Ferrari-like column-mounted paddle shifters, to take handbook management. Flat-out efficiency is spectacular, too, and it’ll speed up from 0-100kph in simply 9.61sec, and it additionally clocks equally spectacular rolling acceleration occasions.

Citroen C5 efficiency
Acceleration (kph)
0-20 1.00s
0-40 2.33s
0-60 4.11s
0-80 6.65s
0-100 9.61s
Kickdown Acceleration (kph)
20-80 5.89s
40-100 7.71s

The automated engine-stop-start function, nonetheless, can catch you unexpectedly, slicing off the engine (and because of this tightening the ability steering) even earlier than the automobile comes to an entire halt. This quirk apart, it fires up the engine instantaneously if you ease off the brake pedal, and the method is buttery clean, so that you wouldn’t thoughts leaving it on to avoid wasting gasoline whereas idling.

Whereas on that matter, in our exams, it managed a gasoline effectivity of 10.3kpl within the metropolis and 12.6kpl on the freeway. Nonetheless, you’ll be able to anticipate higher effectivity whereas holding regular speeds on the freeway, due to the long-legged potential of its 8-speeder.

Drive and traction modes, now clubbed collectively.

Citroen affords three driving modes – Sport, Regular and Eco – however the distinction between them is barely perceptible. It additionally will get traction modes like earlier than – Snow, Mud and Sand, which alter its ESP and traction management settings – however we didn’t get an opportunity to place these to the check.

Citroen C5 Aircross facelift: journey and dealing with

What we did expertise is the C5 Aircross’ refinement, which is excellent. Citroen has taken cabin insulation up a notch with its double-glazed windscreen and entrance home windows, which cocoon the occupants from ambient and engine sounds. In actual fact, you’d need to strive actually laborious to listen to any diesel clatter from the motor on the within, regardless that it makes fairly a racket on the surface.

Trip high quality is solely excellent due to its hydraulic bump stops.

However the C5 Aircross’ spotlight stays its ‘progressive hydraulic cushions’, that are basically hydraulic chambers that substitute conventional bump stops. On the entrance, there are two hydraulic chambers on both facet of the shock absorber, one for compression and the opposite for rebound, whereas there’s only one for compression on the rear. What this extremely intelligent set-up ends in is a journey that’s free from street shocks even over the sharpest of potholes. Its journey consolation and bump absorption potential are unequivocally the perfect round. The steering is effort-free and the suspension is mushy, nonetheless, you’ll be able to drive it swiftly round corners with a sure diploma of confidence. Nonetheless, it’s best loved when pushed at six- or seven-tenths, and it doesn’t supply a sporty drive just like the Jeep Compass or Volkswagen Tiguan.

Citroen C5 Aircross facelift: verdict

The Citroen C5 Aircross is a refined crossover with distinctive bump-absorption capabilities that make it unequivocally the best-riding automobile round. A clean engine with sturdy efficiency, a seamless computerized transmission and an effort-free steering are a few of its different highlights. And if you wish to stand out amidst a sea of SUVs and crossovers on sale, that is the one for the job.

However in its quest to be totally different, some quirks, significantly the person rear seats format may very well be potential a deal breaker, as it isn’t as snug as a traditional bench for seating two adults. Additional limiting its enchantment is the truth that not solely do its rivals supply a number of engine-transmission choices and all-wheel-drive capabilities, however they’re additionally higher geared up and extra importantly, considerably cheaper. For these causes, the Citroen C5 Aircross is more likely to stay a uncommon sighting on our roads, which is unlucky, as a result of it’s a genuinely good crossover, one which must be skilled to be appreciated.

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