What is it?
Citroën has been clever about the positioning of its quirky new C5 Aircross within the wider PSA Group SUV range.
At 4.5m in length, it’s ever so slightly longer than its Peugeot 3008 and Vauxhall Grandland X brethren, but not so long that it steps on the larger, seven-seat Peugeot 5008’s toes. I’d wager that could be a slightly problematic situation. That Citroën says it has no plans to launch a seven-seat SUV of its own suggests it might think so too - if you read between the lines, of course.
But anyway. This isn’t the first time we’ve driven the C5 Aircross, and you may well have already pored over Lawrence Allan’s dispatch from Morrocco. However, it is the first time we’ve been able to try one out on home soil, and is a good opportunity to see if the C5 Aircross’ trick Progressive Hydraulic Cushioning suspension (which is available as standard across the C5 Aircross range) deals with British roads any better than it did with the questionable Tarmac in and around Marrakech.
Being based on the PSA Group’s ubiquitous EMP2 platform, it comes as little surprise that this particular C5 Aircross is powered by the equally ubiquitous 1.6-litre, four-cylinder Puretech petrol engine. Here, it develops 178bhp at 5500rpm, while its 184lb ft well of torque can be tapped into from as little as 1650rpm. This is all directed straight to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission - no manual ‘box is available with this particular motor.