The C5 Aircross looks a compelling option in a crowded segment. Not only is it more radical-looking than many of its generic competitors, but it also looks like good value on paper.
To drive our top-of-the-range 2.0-litre BlueHDi Flair+ test car off the forecourt, Citroën will require you to part with £32,725 before options or discounts. That sum will get you a full suite of standard kit that includes sat-nav, part-leather upholstery, 19in alloy wheels and a rear-view camera. But an equivalent Tiguan 2.0 TDI SEL (although it’s a four-wheel-drive option) is a near- £36,000 buy; an equivalent CX-5 (also a four-wheel-driver) near £35k and a top-of-the-range front-driven 3008 diesel likewise.
A forecasted residual value of 44% after 36,000 miles and three years isn’t particularly outstanding, but the Citroën trumps many of its rivals there, too. Meanwhile, the 47.8mpg touring fuel economy test result we recorded suggests the C5 Aircross shouldn’t be disappointing any owner for day-to-day frugality.