The new Citroen C5 X

Citroen C5 X Review

Read Caroline's Citroen C5 X review for everything you need to know about buying Citroen's new large crossover in Ireland.

Citroen is back in the large family car segment with the new Citroen C5 X. It's a new flagship for the Citroen brand. It blends the practicality of an estate car with the rugged style of a crossover.

C5 X goes on sale in Ireland priced from €42,370 and is available with the choice of petrol or plug-in hybrid engines. Already an award winner, the C5 X won Irish Large Crossover/SUV of the Year 2023 at the Irish Car of the Year awards.

This new model certainly looks to offer an appealing alternative to an SUV, but is it worth it?

In this review I'm going to take a closer look to find out.

The new Citroen C5 X
The new Citroen C5 X is now on sale in Ireland

What's so special about the Citroen C5 X?

The new Citroen C5 X is a brand new model for the French brand. It's now their largest car at 4.8 metres in length, longer than the Citroen C5 Aircross. That makes the C5 X resemble more an estate car than an SUV. But Citroen has raised it a little more off the ground and added some cladding around the wheel arches and sills to give a more crossover-inspired look. The result is very good indeed.

The C5 X certainly has presence and is a worthy flagship for Citroen. At the front, there's no mistaking the striking V-shaped LED lighting signature that emphasises the car's width. There is also lots of interesting chevron detail around the car. The rear styling is quite flamboyant with a roof spoiler and boot lid spoiler.

There are a lovely set of 19-inch diamond cut alloy wheels as standard, as well as LED headlights with high beam assist. The colour palette is quite muted with just six paint colours available and the option of a contrasting black roof.

There are three trim levels including Feel Pack, Flair and Flair Pack. The mid range Flair model offers a good compromise between price and equipment (from €44,330).

But it's the finish of the interior and the space inside that makes the C5 X so special and a good alternative to the many family SUVs on the market right now including top sellers like the Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson.

The C5 X is a new flagship for Citroen
The C5 X is a new flagship for Citroen

Inside the C5 X

Some of Citroen's more compact models in recent years, like the new Citroen C4, have been well-priced but the cabin quality has felt a little more basic. But the C5 X impresses right away with a very plush and sophisticated cabin with much better quality materials. Citroen has clearly upped the quality for their new flagship model and the C5 X is all the better for it. There's lots of soft dashboard and door panelling for a more luxurious feel. Citroen's 'Advanced Comfort' seats with leather-effect upholstery come as standard.

The C5 X is also well-equipped with lots of modern technology onboard like a reversing camera, forward collision warning and lane keep assist. Lumbar support for the driver also comes as standard making the C5 X ideal for long journeys. There’s a full digital instrument panel for the driver and a 10-inch touchscreen as standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Flair models get a more impressive 12-inch version. There are also physical dials and switches for the climate control and ventilation.

Inside, the C5 X feels big and roomy. The car has a long wheelbase so there’s lots of legroom in the rear. The back seat is wide enough to sit three comfortably. When it comes to boot space, the petrol models offer the most boot space at 545 litres, which is similar to a Peugeot 508 SW for example, and only about 50 litres less than a Skoda Superb Combi. Boot volume goes down to about 485 litres in the plug-in hybrid.

Handy features include a low, flat loading sill and switches in the boot to let down the rear seats, which split fold 60:40. Flair Pack models add a powered tailgate.

The interior of the new Citroen C5 X
The interior of the new Citroen C5 X

Driving the Citroen C5 X

The new Citroen C5 X goes on sale in Ireland with the choice of petrol engine or as a plug-in hybrid. The most affordable entry into the range is the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130hp, but for more power there is the option of a 1.6-litre turbo petrol with 180hp.

The most powerful of the range is the plug-in hybrid with 225hp and it can be driven electric for a range of up to about 55 kilometres. However it is the most expensive of the C5 X range, retailing from about €50,120. To get the best return on your investment, it needs to be charged and driven electric as much as possible. But no matter which version you go for, there is an 8-speed automatic as standard.

On test was the Citroen C5 X 1.2 petrol and it offers adequate performance. It doesn't feel too under pressure in a car of this size, though it will need to be revved more to make quick progress, which can make it less efficient. During my time with the car, my average fuel consumption was 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres.

There are a few different driving modes including Eco, Sport and Normal, with the Sport model making the car feel a little more responsive, in overtaking manoeuvres for example. The 8-speed automatic can feel a little jerky at low speeds around town but this is less of an issue out on bigger roads.

Boot space in the Citroen C5 X
Boot space in the Citroen C5 X

But you'll probably want to drive your C5 X at a more relaxed pace anyway. The Citroen C5 X really delivers as one of the most comfortable family cars you can buy. It offers a big car feel from behind the wheel with all versions coming with acoustic glazing in the windscreen, which makes it more serene in the cabin at high speeds on the motorway.

Citroen's ‘Advanced Comfort’ suspension with progressive hydraulic cushions also comes as standard, which does a great job of offering a smooth drive regardless of road quality.

Did you like it?

The new Citroen C5 X is a new model for the French brand and already an award winner. It's easy to see why as this car ticks many boxes, while offering good value in today's market for a large family car.

If you're bored of the SUV look, the C5 X might be the car for you as it has classy styling that is reminiscent of big luxury French cars of old.

Its stylish shape is not just for show however, and the C5 X offers impressive levels of interior space and boot space, making it an ideal family car.

Citroen has stepped up the quality and the C5 X is now one of the plushest Citroens you can buy. The stylish design, quality of the cabin and relaxed driving character mean the new C5 X feels like a return to form for the Citroen brand.

The C5 X is one of the most comfortable and spacious family cars you can buy
The C5 X is one of the most comfortable and spacious family cars you can buy

Model tested: Citroen C5 X 1.2 Flair
Price: 
€44,330
Engine:
1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 130hp
Torque: 230 Nm
Top speed: 209 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.4 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€210 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Citroen C5 Aircross has been updated

Citroen C5 Aircross Review

Read Caroline's Citroen C5 Aircross review for everything you need to know about buying Citroen's family SUV in Ireland.

The Citroen C5 Aircross launched in Ireland in 2019 to meet market demand for compact SUVs. Sporting chunky SUV looks with a finish of Citroen design flair, the C5 Aircross was a good-looking new entrant to the market where cars like the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson have held a steady grip for some years now.

But the motor industry moves fast and by 2022 it was time for a revamp. The latest Citroen C5 Aircross gets smartened up all-round without losing any of its charm and character. There's a range of engine options available - from petrol and diesel to plug-in hybrid.

The arrival of the new C5 Aircross coincides with a bit of a brand revival at Citroen. The new Citroen C4 is now the brand's bestselling car in Ireland with an electric version available for the first time.

And the new Citroen C5 X has just driven away with the title of Irish Large Crossover/SUV of the Year 2023 at the Irish Car of the Year awards.

The Citroen C5 Aircross has been updated
The Citroen C5 Aircross has been updated

What's so special about the Citroen C5 Aircross?

The Citroen C5 Aircross is available priced from €38,690 in Ireland, which is competitive for a family SUV in today's market.

In the last few years, the design team at Citroen has turned things around for the French car brand. Every new Citroen now features some very appealing design that's just the right side of avant-garde.

The C5 Aircross is no different. For this facelifted version, the front end has been revised so it looks more modern and striking. There's a new Citroen logo in the centre of the grille and the chevrons and new daytime running lights extend more elegantly into the headlights for a smoother and more refined appearance.

Beneath the grille, the redesign of the air intakes visually widens the C5 Aircross. The rugged SUV look is finished off with a skid plate and a super set of roof rails. At the back, the rear lights get a new 3D light signature. 18-inch alloy wheels come as standard and Eclipse Blue joins the range as a new colour.

The new C Series Edition (from €42,990) introduces a bronze colour pack that can be found on the Airbump® and bumper scoops. There's also a special embossed “C-Series” badge on the front wing and 19-inch alloy wheels - as well as more equipment inside.

The cabin of the latest C5 Aircross
The cabin of the latest C5 Aircross

Inside the Citroen C5 Aircross

The interior of the Citroen C5 Aircross has also been suitably revised for this latest version, though it doesn't look quite as modern and high-tech as rivals like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.

There's a glossy new 10-inch touchscreen on all but the entry model (8-inch) that appears to float on the dashboard and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  It looks better than the version in the previous model. The vents are now located below the screen and have been modernised with a new sharp, horizontal design. There's also a full digital driver display for the driver.

The central console has also been revised with a more ergonomic layout. Automatic versions get a neater 'e-Toggle' gear selector.

The cabin quality is good with some new soft touch materials added to improve things and new blue stitching detail. While it's not the last word in luxury, the seats kind of are! New Citroen Advanced Comfort seats from the C4 and C5 X feature for the first time, as well as a modular interior offering flexibility more associated with an MPV.

There are three individual seats in the second row that can individually slide and recline, which is quite unique and makes the C5 Aircross very family friendly. There's Isofix child seat fixtures on the two outer seats and the front passenger seat.

There's lots of headroom and legroom is quite generous too for a mid-size SUV. Nip around to the boot and you will find a large, square boot of 580 litres, while plug-in hybrids can muster 460 litres - not bad at all.

There are three trim levels for the C5 Aircross in Ireland: Feel Pack, Flair and C Series Edition. Standard equipment is good and includes keyless start, automatic dual zone climate control, a parking camera and parking sensors front and rear.

The C5 Aircross is available as petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid
The C5 Aircross is available as petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid

Driving the C5 Aircross

Citroen has set out to create one of the most comfortable SUVs on the road. The Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® suspension, exclusive to Citroën, enhances absorption of imperfections in the road meaning that the C5 Aircross does move very smoothly over the tarmac - from town and city, to motorway.

Despite the softer suspension set-up, the C5 Aircross handles the road with confidence. While it's not the sportiest or most engaging SUV to drive, it's unlikely to be a sticking point for most buyers.

Citroen is offering plenty of choice when it comes to powertrain too. There's petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid to choose from. The range kicks off with the familiar 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130hp (from €38,690). It's available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

There's also a 1.5-litre diesel with 130hp (from €39,470) and it too comes with the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic gearbox. It offers a relatively refined and smooth drive for a diesel SUV, with enough power for town and motorway driving and reasonable fuel consumption. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

The most powerful of the range is the new C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid (from €48,500) with 225hp and an automatic gearbox. It can be plugged in and charged so that you can drive up to about 55 kilometres on electric power alone. It takes less than two hours to charge the 13.2 kWh battery from a wallbox at home.

Rear passenger space in the Citroen C5 Aircross
Rear passenger space in the Citroen C5 Aircross

Did you like it?

The Citroen C5 Aircross is yet another option in the mid-size SUV segment. This latest revamp has done enough to make it still feel modern and relevant, though some rivals like the Tuscon and Sportage feel a little more high-tech and sophisticated inside.

Still, the Citroen is reasonably priced with every trim level coming well-equipped. There's a good line-up of power options and though the C5 Aircross doesn't offer much excitement behind the wheel, it is a very comfortable family SUV with a superbly practical interior.

While the new Citroen C5 X also has a lot to offer family buyers, SUVs remain high in desirability and there's plenty to like about the C5 Aircross!

Model tested: Citroen C5 Aircross C-Series Edition Automatic
Price: 
€45,100
Engine:
1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power: 130hp
Torque: 221Nm
Top speed: 188 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.6 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€270 per year

The Citroen C5 Aircross has lots of practical features
The Citroen C5 Aircross has lots of practical features making it an ideal family SUV

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The new Citroen C4 on test for Changing Lanes!

Citroen C4 Review

The new Citroen C4 on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Citroen C4 on test for Changing Lanes!

Thinking of buying a new Citroen C4 in Ireland? Read Caroline's Citroen C4 review for everything you need to know about the new hatchback from the French car brand.

The Citroen C4 made a return to Ireland in 2021 with an all-new look and a complete line-up featuring petrol, diesel and electric for the very first time.

It's the first significant new model launch from Citroen in a while. But with good looks and affability on its side, the new Citroen C4 deserves its time in the spotlight.

What's so special about the new Citroen C4?

Priced from a very competitive €24,740, the C4 brings unique style to the C-segment where the traditional family hatchbacks reside. Yes it's still a hatchback but it's so adventurous in its design. There’s an SUV-coupé flourish to it, especially around the rear. Crossover-inspired plastic cladding and a raised ride height complete the look.

What's even more interesting is that Citroen have taken the C4 as the opportunity to launch their first all-electric model in a long time! The e-C4 goes on sale priced from €31,730 with a 50 kWh battery and up to 350 km range (WLTP). But it's the Citroen C4 petrol that's the subject of this review.

The new C4 range goes on sale priced from€24,740
The new C4 range goes on sale priced from €24,740

Inside the Citroen C4

Inside, Citroen interprets the modern car interior with a digital upgrade for the C4 incorporating a new digital display for the driver and 10" infotainment screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - all fitted as standard. Cabin quality is okay with some soft touch panels in the doors for example, but there are quite a lot of hard dark plastics in the cabin of the Citroen C4, which make it feel a little on the austere side – at odds with the adventurous exterior looks!

The new C4 has a bigger footprint than most family hatchbacks. There is a spacious feel in the cabin for a family vehicle with plenty of generous storage. The seating position is higher than in other C-segment hatchbacks, giving a noticeable SUV feel behind the wheel. There’s loads of headroom and the foot wells are generous in the rear for this class of vehicle. Boot volume is 380 litres, which is on par with hatchback rivals like the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus.

Standard equipment is good including 18” alloys, automatic LED headlights, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, rear parking sensors and camera, lane keep assist and automatic air conditioning. The Flair model on test has diamond cut alloy wheels, speed sign recognition, blind spot detection, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry/start.

Inside the 2021 Citroen C4
Inside the 2021 Citroen C4

Driving the new C4!

Petrol and diesel models for the moment offer a lower entry into the C4 range than the electric C4 and there is a good selection available. Engine options include the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine with 100, 130 or 155 hp or the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel with 110 or 130 hp. 6-speed manual and EAT8 automatic gearboxes are available for both engines.

The 1.2-litre petrol with 130 hp I drove in the C4 is hard to fault. It has enough power to feel swift and capable on the road. Yet it's frugal too with fuel consumption averaging at 5.7 litres per 100 km over a few days of driving - and that was with an automatic gearbox.

Comfort was a huge focus in the new C4's development and it delivers, covering the Irish tarmac well with a 'cushioned' feel. That’s because the new Citroen C4 uses the Citroen Advanced Comfort® programme featuring suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort Seats to ensure the renowned Citroen driving comfort.

Steering is light making the car agile around town or in the car park. Out on the road, the C4 is pleasant to drive, but with the set up of the car, it’s more about comfort than sportiness. Some rivals are sharper to drive.

The entry point into the C4 range is the 1.2 litre Puretech petrol with 100 hp in Feel trim for €24,740. Step up to the same engine with 130 hp in Feel Pack trim with more gear for €27,620. Flair models start from €29,190 and Flair Pack from €33,640. Diesels start from €26,790.

The new Citroen C4 brings adventurous design to the family hatchback market!
The new Citroen C4 brings adventurous design to the family hatchback market!

Did you like it?

Citroen cars in Ireland now have a new distributor and with the new C4, there’s certainly energy and momentum in the brand again for the Irish market. The C4 makes a wonderful comeback to the C-segment with eye catching design that takes cues from the trend for crossovers and SUVs.

Visually the new Citroen C4 is a catch for sure. Inside it's spacious and family-friendly, and while technology is up to date, it doesn't feel as plush as rivals.

C4 kicks back with a very impressive engine and powertrain range with the all-important, all-electric C4 available for the very first time in this new generation of the car. The 1.2-litre petrol engine with 130 hp is genuinely efficient for what it is with no hidden surprises in terms of running costs.

If you are looking for a genuinely comfortable car in this segment, the C4 could be it.

Spacious, friendly and comfortable, the new C4 is a real boost for the Citroen brand in Ireland!

Exciting new electric Citroen e-C4 to debut in 2021
Exciting new electric Citroen e-C4 now on sale too

Model tested: Citroen C4 Flair Puretech 130 Automatic
Price: 
€31,690
Engine: 
1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power:  130 hp
Torque: 230 Nm
Top speed: 209 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.4 seconds
CO2 emissions:
130 g/km
Motor Tax:
€200 per year


The Citroen C4 is on sale in Ireland now

Citroen C4 (2021) First Drive Review

The Citroen C4 is on sale in Ireland now
The 2021 Citroen C4 is on sale in Ireland now

The Citroen C4 and electric Citroen E-C4 have arrived in Ireland - here to reinvent the hatchback! With a new SUV-inspired design and an electric model available from launch, the new C4 is certainly worth a headline or two. The range will go on sale in Ireland from a very competitive €24,740 for the C4, or from €31,730 for the E-C4 with a 50 kWh battery and up to 350 km range (WLTP). Caroline was at the press launch in Dublin to find out more about the new C4 range and bring it for a first drive on Irish roads.

Styling

The Citroen C4 has evolved in many directions over recent years but it seems to have finally found a sweet spot in this new generation. It's pitched against family hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, but it clearly takes a whole new design direction to this class of vehicle. From the outside it is tastefully designed with some SUV-inspired styling. It has the height and ground clearance of a crossover. A bright colour palette and many customisation options add to the fun and colourful image of this car. Could be a huge success on looks alone.

Interior

Inside it feels more like a hatchback. But an airy one with lots of expansive glazing and a high roof line. The new generation interior is pared back but big on digital. The 10” colour touchscreen infotainment screen comes as standard with a digital instrument cluster for the driver too.

The interior of the new Citroen C4
The interior of the new Citroen C4

Practicality

The C4's dimensions mean it feels more spacious inside than other hatchback rivals. There's loads of headroom and the footwells are generous for this class of vehicle. Boot volume is 380 litres, which is on par with rivals.

Engines

The new C4 will be available with petrol and diesel engines, or with an electric powertrain in the e-C4. Engine options include the  PureTech petrol engine with 100, 130 or 155 hp or the BlueHDi diesel with 110 or 130 hp. 6-speed manual and EAT8 automatic gearboxes are available for both engines.

The E-C4 uses a 50 kWh battery to produce 136 hp and a range of up to 350 km (WLTP). Charging to 80% battery power is possible in 30 minutes at 100 kW, while an 11 kW 3-phase charger will charge to 100% in 5 hours. The car can be charged from a 32-amp domestic wall box in 7.5 hours. E-C4 customers that move their energy account to Energia will also receive a free home charger plus 20% off their electricity tariff, while a 30% discount will apply if a wall box is already fitted to the home.

Driving it

On the road the Citroen C4 is affable, soft and comfortable. Well it should be - comfort is a strong theme these days at Citroen! The new Citroen C4 uses the Citroen Advanced Comfort® programme featuring suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort Seats to ensure the renowned Citroen driving comfort. Steering is very light making it ideal for town and tight manoeuvres. It can hustle through corners confidently enough, but with the set up of the car it's more about comfort than sportiness. The E-C4 impressed on a short run, though we didn't get to fully test the battery power and range of the car. The 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine with 130 hp and a 6-speed manual gearbox is a reliable companion to the new C4, with plenty of performance and competitive efficiency for this class of vehicle.

The new C4 range goes on sale from €24,740
The new C4 range goes on sale from €24,740

Pricing

The entry point into the C4 range is the 1.2 litre Puretech petrol with 100 hp in Feel trim for €24,740. Step up to the same engine with 130 hp in Feel Pack trim with more gear for €27,620. Flair models start from €29,190 and Flair Pack from €33,640.

Diesels start from €26,790.

The E-C4 starts from €31,730 including Government grants and VRT relief.

Equipment

The C4 and E-C4 are available in four grades for Ireland: Feel, Feel Pack, Flair and Flair Pack. Standard equipment is good including 18” alloys, automatic LED headlights, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, rear parking sensors and camera, lane keep assist and automatic air conditioning.

The Feel Pack adds Citroën Connect Nav, Citroën ConnectedCam, Citroën Smart Pad support and Head up display.

Flair models have diamond cut alloy wheels, speed sign recognition, blind spot detection, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry/start.

The E-C4 has a range of up to 350 km (WLTP) from a 50 kWh battery
The E-C4 has a range of up to 350 km (WLTP) from a 50 kWh battery

The range-topping Flair Pack adds the EAT8 gearbox as standard, Citroën HiFi System, leather interior, heated seats and highway driver assist.

Unique to the E-C4, standard equipment includes a mode 3 charging cable for on-street charging, while the My Citroën app allows for pre-condition of cabin temperature and remote charging options. The E-C4 Flair Pack trim also adds a heated steering wheel.

Summary

Citroen cars in Ireland now have a new distributor and with the new C4, there's certainly energy and momentum in the brand again for the Irish market.

The Citroen C4 appears to tick many boxes but has the visual appeal and stance of an SUV that is sure to gain it some attention on the forecourt.

Slotting between the refreshed C3 supermini and C3 Aircross on the compact side, and the C5 Aircross on the larger side, the C4 brings a full battery electric vehicle to the Citroen range for the first time.

Spacious, friendly and well-priced, the new C4 could change everything for Citroen in Ireland.

We look forward to bringing you a full road test review later in the year!

Caroline Kidd

The Citroen C4 is a friendly and spacious family car
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The new Citroën C5 X will arrive in Ireland in early 2022

Citroën C5 X For Ireland In 2022

The new Citroën C5 X will arrive in Ireland in early 2022
The new Citroën C5 X will arrive in Ireland in early 2022

Citroën Ireland has confirmed that the new flagship Citroën C5 X model will go on sale in Ireland in early 2022.

This all-new model features an original design that is said to combine "the elegance of a saloon, dynamism of an estate and the elevated stance of an SUV." It has an elevated stance thanks to increased ground clearance and large-diameter 19" wheels allowing for a higher driving position with greater safety and visibility.

Inside will feature 'Advanced Comfort' seating, simple dashboard design and spacious rear cabin invites rest and relaxation. C5 X also introduces an all-new infotainment interface for Citroën that combines a new 12" HD infotainment interface, natural voice recognition system, customisable widget-based display, 4 USB Type C sockets and wireless smartphone charging.

Other technologies include extended Head Up Display and Highway Driver Assist, which combines Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop & Go feature and Lane Keeping Assist to provide level 2 semi-autonomous driving.

Practicality will be a key focus with an easy opening tailgate, wide loading area and 545 litres of boot space available.

Ride comfort is optimised through enhanced acoustic insulation and Citroën Advanced Comfort® suspension, which is designed to recreate the iconic magic carpet effect the brand became famous for.

Inside the new C5 X
Inside the new C5 X

Roominess is said to be further enhanced by 360-degree glass areas around the cabin, including quarter windows, and a large opening glass sunroof that allows more light into the cabin.

The new Citroën C5 X will go on sale with a petrol engine or a plug-in hybrid with 225 hp and electric range of around 50 km.

Colin Sheridan, Managing Director of Citroën Ireland, said:

“For generations, Citroën have been synonymous with comfort. The C5 X, as the new flagship model for the brand, now offers an industry benchmark for driver and passenger comfort. We look forward in anticipation to re-entering the D-segment with the C5 X. We expect to announce pricing and the specification line-up for this exciting new vehicle before the end of this year and look forward to first models arriving here from January 2022 in time for the 221 registration period.”

As reported by Changing Lanes, Gowan Group has now taken over the importing and selling of Citroën vehicles in Ireland. Citroën vehicle sales, spare parts and after sales services will continue to operate through the existing dealership network of 23 franchise dealerships and 6 additional aftersales service providers.

Citroën Ireland will launch many new models in the coming months including the all-new C4 and ë-C4, the C5 Aircross PHEV, as well as the facelifted C3 and C3 Aircross models.

The new C5 X will be available with petrol and plug in hybrid engines
The new C5 X will be available with petrol and plug in hybrid engines

The C5 Aircross is Citroen's take on the compact family SUV

Gowan Group Appointed Citroën Importer For Ireland

The C5 Aircross is Citroen's take on the compact family SUV
Fresh start for Citroen in Ireland with new importer

Gowan Group has taken over the importing and selling of Citroën vehicles in Ireland with effect from today.

The company already has history with the brand having acted as Importer for Citroën vehicles from 1982 to 2009 through its subsidiary, Gallic Distributors Limited.

Citroën vehicle sales, spare parts and after sales services will continue to operate through the existing Citroën Dealership Network in Ireland. At present, there is a network of 23 franchise dealerships in Ireland and 6 aftersales service providers.

Colin Sheridan has been appointed as Managing Director of the Citroen business.  Colin was formerly Sales & Marketing Director of the Peugeot brand in Gowan and played a key role in the growth of Peugeot over the past eight years.

Thirteen staff members from the former Citroën Importer have joined the new Importer operation.  Gowan Group looks forward to working with the existing Dealer Network and building sales volumes and market share for cars and commercial vehicles for the benefit of all stakeholders in the future.

Citroën is part of the iconic brand portfolio of Stellantis, one of the world’s leading automakers, which has industrial operations in 30 countries and a commercial presence in over 130 markets worldwide.

Michael Dwan, Gowan Group Managing Director said:

“We are delighted to be appointed as the Citroën National Importer for Ireland.  Gowan Group has a rich history with Citroën, having imported and sold the brand for 27 years up to 2009.  We are committed to selling and servicing through the existing Citroën network of dealers and service providers and are very excited about the prospects for the brand.”

Colin Sheridan, Citroën Managing Director said:

“This is a very exciting time for the Citroën brand.  The range of passenger and commercial vehicles on offer has proven extremely popular with the Irish consumer over the years.  In 2021, we will see some fantastic new model launches including the imminent arrival of the all new C4 (available in petrol, diesel and a fully electric version – a first for Citroën). The arrival of the new all-electric C4 complements the recent addition of the C5 Aircross PHEV and strengthens the brands LEV offering further.  A revised Aircross model will also be added to the range in July.  On the commercial side, the fully electric ë-Berlingo will be on sale in Q3, further adding to the existing LCV range which features Dispatch, fully electric ë-Dispatch (2021 International Van of the Year winner) and Relay models. I am certain the product line up coupled with the enthusiasm of our new staff members and dealer network will see the Citroën brand in Ireland go from strength to strength.”


Exciting new electric Citroen e-C4 to debut in 2021

Electrified Citroën C4 Coming To Ireland In 2021

The new Citroën C4 is expected in Ireland in early 2021
The new Citroën C4 is expected in Ireland in early 2021

Citroën Ireland has announced details of the new Citroën C4, which is expected in Ireland in early 2021. The quirky French hatchback has evolved into a sporty looking SUV-coupé/hatchback and will be an exciting new entrant to the market. The 10th generation will also debut a new all electric version, the Citroën ë-C4. This will be sold alongside petrol and diesel versions.

The new Citroën C4 is a dramatic evolution of the brand's mid size model., with highly individual and assertive styling for the French brand. The C4 will feature a bold grille and lighting signature at the front, while the unique roof line, combined with the sloping rear window and rear spoiler will be cause for a distinctive road presence. Customisation will be a feature with 31 colour combinations thanks to 7 exterior colours options and 5 exterior colour packs.

There are also 6 different interior choices. There is a clean, contemporary dashboard with plenty of soft touch materials promised. There will be seating for five and a competitive boot volume of 380 litres.

The new Citroën C4 will incorporate the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme featuring suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort Seats to ensure the renowned Citroën driving comfort. The new C4 will be paired with a wide variety of engine options including three petrol variants: a PureTech 100 S&S 6-speed manual gearbox and a PureTech 130 S&S with a choice of 6-speed manual or EAT8 automatic gearbox. There will also be two diesel engines, the BlueHDi 110 S&S 6-speed manual and BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8.

The interior of the new C4
The interior of the new C4

The new Citroën ë-C4 will offer a 100 kW (136 hp) engine with a WLTP range expected of 350 km. There will be 260 Nm of torque instantly available for clean, linear acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 150 km/h. The 50-kWh electric motor is high-voltage 400V Li-Ion battery and comes with an 8 year 160,000km warranty. The ë-C4 will also feature regenerative breaking and a mode selector on the centre console for Eco, Normal or Sport modes.

Pat Ryan, Managing Director of Citroën Ireland, said:

“The new C4 finally squares the circle in terms of finding a comfortable family hatchback that offers everyday practicality without compromising on style. The New C4 is compact on the outside but spacious on the inside. It’s also an elegant and sturdy vehicle that I believe will do extremely well here in Ireland. First models will arrive in January 2021 and we will be announcing our prices and specifications for this fantastic new compact hatch in September."

The Citroën C4 concept first launched in 1928 as the French brand's first compact vehicle. However, it is best known for the 2004 model, which sold 3 million units globally and was a great exhibit of the French brand's bold design and technology.  According to Citroën, the new C4 will build on this legacy and offer the "elegance, fluidity and dynamism of a compact hatchback coupled with the strength, character and robustness of an SUV".

In Ireland the brand currently offers a wide range, including passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Top models include the fun, colourful C3 supermini, C3 Aircross and the C5 Aircross family SUV. The brand's first electrified model, the Citroën C5 Aircross PHEV (plug-in hybrid) is expected in Ireland before the end of the year.

The new C4 will be available for the first time as an electric vehicle
The new C4 will be available for the first time as an electric vehicle

The new Citroen C5 Aircross!

Citroën C5 Aircross Review (2019)

The new Citroen C5 Aircross!
The new Citroën C5 Aircross!

Caroline drives the new Citroën C5 Aircross!

Citroën has totally reinvented the brand’s line up of cars in recent years with bold new family-focused vehicles that carry distinct styling. And now they’ve launched one of their most potentially lucrative models to date – the new Citroën C5 Aircross. With pricing starting from €26,495, the new C5 Aircross competes in the sweet spot of the market where family SUVs reside. Yet the C5 Aircross is the compact family SUV done in the Citroën way, with comfort, style and practicality being this car’s key attributes in the market.

In styling terms, Citroën designers may have applied an air pump to the smaller C3 Aircross because the C5 Aircross mirrors the styling of that vehicle. However, Citroen’s new design language really does sit well upon the larger dimensions of the C5 Aircross. It looks fresh and friendly with a design that moulds rugged style flourishes like wheel arch extensions and Airbump® panels, with soft, curvy surfaces. My test car was quite demure in silver, but a funky two-tone look is also available.

 

The Citroen C5 Aircross is available from €26,495
The Citroen C5 Aircross is available from €26,495

The interior of the new Citroën C5 Aircross

The C5 Aircross is one of the longest and tallest cars in its segment and has a spacious and airy cabin. Citroën has focused on practicality so you will find three individual seats in the second row that can slide, fold and recline. There is plenty of leg and headroom for this class of vehicle with a flat floor in the rear. The boot is also one of the best in class at 580 litres.

There’s quite a rugged, durable look to the dashboard design, with some soft touch materials, but also some more sombre hard plastics throughout the cabin also. A touchscreen is included as standard and also houses the ventilation controls, which depending on what school of motoring you are from, may be a source of frustration. Storage is a high point for the C5 Aircross making it a great vehicle for a family on the move, including a large cubby in the centre console and a convenient tray for keys and phone. A 12.3-inch digital driver information panel is also included as standard and looks cool and modern.

 

The interior of the new Citroen C5 Aircross
The interior of the new Citroen C5 Aircross

In Ireland there are four trim levels for the C5 Aircross: Start (from €26,495), Touch (from €27,995), Feel (from €29,995) and Flair (from €33,695). The entry ‘Start’ trim level includes 8” touchscreen display, cruise control, active safety brake and air conditioning. The ‘Touch’ trim adds items such as 17” alloys, rear parking sensors, folding mirrors, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay.

The ‘Feel’ model has 18” alloys, front parking sensor, privacy glass, wireless phone charging and active blind spot detection. ‘Flair’ is the top specification level and includes 19” alloys, Citroën connect navigation, keyless entry and keyless start, a Panoramic Sunroof with interior LED ambient lighting and various driver assistance systems such as park assist, active lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. ConnectedCAM, a factory fitted dashboard camera from Citroën, is also standard across the range.

On the road in the new Citroën C5 Aircross

The C5 Aircross adopts the sofa-inspired seating of the C4 Cactus with thick, wide seats, and plenty of sound insulation measures to improve refinement. So this is a very comfortable car that provides a nice ambience for families on the move. It features Citroën’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension for a smoother and more comfortable ride. It translates well to the road, with the C5 Aircross being very soft and smooth over the road. The trade-off is that the C5 Aircross rolls in the corners a bit more than rivals and the steering set-up is not the sharpest either.

 

Rear seating in the C5 Aircross
Rear seating in the C5 Aircross

The Citroën has some excellent engines on offer. At launch there is the 1.2-litre 130hp Puretech petrol engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 1.6-litre 180hp petrol, which comes with the choice of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. There is also a 1.5-litre Blue HDI 130hp diesel engine with the choice of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission, and a 2.0-litre 180hp unit, which comes as standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Motor tax ranges from €190 to €280 depending on model. A plug-in hybrid is on the way in 2020.

My test car was a 1.2 petrol with 130hp and I can’t recommend this engine enough. It makes the C5 Aircross more interesting to drive than the diesel, and always feels lively. Refinement is excellent also and running costs are competitive.

The Citroën C5 Aircross offers good value in the market being a spacious family vehicle with a good specification. It’s bold and friendly, comfortable and refined. The Citroën C5 Aircross is a quirky new entrant into the compact SUV segment and embodies the best of 21st century Citroën!

The Citroen C5 Aircross scores for comfort, space and practicality!
The Citroën C5 Aircross scores for style, comfort, space and practicality!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Citroën C5 Aircross 1.2 Puretech 130 Flair
Price:
€33,695 (range from €26,495)
Engine: 1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
130 hp
Torque: 230 Nm
0-100km/h: 
10.5 seconds
Top speed: 188 km/h
Fuel economy:
6.8 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
121 g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


The new Citroën C5 Aircross has just arrived in Ireland!

Citroën C5 Aircross First Drive Review

The new Citroën C5 Aircross has just arrived in Ireland!
The new Citroën C5 Aircross has just arrived in Ireland!

The new Citroën C5 Aircross has just arrived in Ireland with pricing starting from €26,495. This is an exciting new car for Citroën, competing in the ‘sweet spot of the market’ where family SUVs reside. Caroline went along to the Irish press launch in Kildare to test drive the new C5 Aircross.

Styling

Citroën has rolled out some very individual and stylish cars in recent years like the C3 and C4 Cactus. The C5 Aircross brings the same sort of distinct look to the larger five seat SUV segment. It is very much a Citroën to look at and it's unlikely to get lost in a crowd, especially if you go for a funky two tone look. Details include a two-tier light signature, wheel arch extensions and Airbump® panels available with personalised coloured inserts.

Interior

The cabin of the C5 Aircross combines the latest technology features with soft furnishings for an airy, lounge feel. The dashboard has a nice mix of materials with some soft touch parts, though there are plenty of harder plastics too. Aesthetically it all looks fine. There is a standard 8” touchscreen for the infotainment and it also houses the ventilation controls. A 12.3-inch driver information panel is also included as standard. There are plenty of storage spaces with the central armrest housing more practical storage compartments.The C5 Aircross adopts the sofa-inspired seating of the C4 Cactus with thick, wide seats.

Practicality

The Citroën C5 Aircross is one of the longest and tallest vehicles in its segment and feels very spacious inside. It has the largest boot of its competitors at 580 litres. Modularity is a key feature with three individual seats in the rear that can slide, fold and recline. There is also a flat floor in the rear making it more comfortable for carrying three people.

The interior of the new Citroën C5 Aircross
The interior of the new Citroën C5 Aircross

Engines

The C5 Aircross comes with two petrol and two diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid on the way in 2020. Petrol engines include the 1.2-litre 130hp Puretech engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 1.6-litre 180hp unit, which comes with the choice of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. On the diesel side there is a 1.5-litre Blue HDI 130hp engine with the choice of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission, and a 2.0-litre 180hp unit, which comes as standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Motor tax ranges from €190 to €280 depending on model.

On the road

The Citroën C5 Aircross has laminated double glazed windows and an insulation layer to reduce road and wind noise. There has also been an emphasis on sound insulation in the engine compartment. This contributes to a refined cabin ambience. The new C5 Aircross also has Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension for a smoother and more comfortable ride. Whereas a conventional suspension system is made up of dampers, springs and mechanical bump-stops, the new Citroën system adds two hydraulic stops to each suspension unit – one for rebound and one for compression. It translates well to the road, with the C5 Aircross being very soft and smooth over the road. It's not the sharpest handling SUV, so if you hustle it on through corners there is more feeling of roll. At the launch I tested the 1.5 diesel and 1.2 petrol. Both are good engines with some of the best in class running costs and CO2 values.

The Citroën C5 Aircross goes on sale priced from €26,495
The Citroën C5 Aircross goes on sale priced from €26,495

Equipment

In Ireland there are four trim levels: Start, Touch, Feel and Flair.

The entry ‘Start’ trim level includes 8” touchscreen display, cruise control, active safety brake and air conditioning.

The ‘Touch’ trim adds items such as 17” alloys, rear parking sensors, folding mirrors, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay.

The ‘Feel’ model has 18” alloys, front parking sensor, privacy glass, wireless phone charging and active blind spot detection.

‘Flair’ is the top specification level and includes 19” alloys, Citroën connect navigation, keyless entry and keyless start, a Panoramic Sunroof with interior LED ambient lighting and various driver assistance systems such as park assist, active lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

ConnectedCAM, a factory fitted dashboard camera from Citroën, is also standard across the range.

Pricing

Pricing for the C5 Aircross range starts from a competitive €26,495. Touch starts from €27,995, Feel from €29,995, Flair from €33,695.

The C5 Aircross has three individual seats in the rear
The C5 Aircross has three individual seats in the rear

Rivals

The Citroën C5 Aircross goes up against the Ford Kuga, Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tuscon, Peugeot 3008, among others.

Verdict

The Citroën C5 Aircross is a quirky new entrant into the highly competitive and lucrative compact SUV segment. The C5 Aircross makes a promising case for itself on price and spec. It's also a generously sized vehicle with engines that score well on emissions and running costs. I look forward to bringing you a full road test of the new C5 Aircross later in the year!

Caroline Kidd

The C5 Aircross is Citroen's take on the compact family SUV
The C5 Aircross is Citroën's take on the compact family SUV

The team at James Barry Motors with members of the team from Citroën Ireland

James Barry Motors Appointed Citroën Dealer In Limerick

The team at James Barry Motors with members of the team from Citroën Ireland
The team at James Barry Motors with members of the team from Citroën Ireland

Citroën Ireland has appointed James Barry Motors as a new dealership in Limerick.

James Barry Motors is based on the Dock Road in Limerick City. The dealership is run by husband and wife team, James and Diane Barry.

Speaking at the contract signing, Pat Ryan, Managing Director, Citroën Ireland, commented, “We are delighted to welcome James Barry Motors to our growing Network which now stands at 22 sales dealerships throughout the country. All at Citroën Ireland are really looking forward to working with James, Diane and all the team at James Barry Motors at this very exciting time for the Brand with the 100-year anniversary coming up next year as well as the upcoming arrival of the highly anticipated Citroën C5 Aircross SUV and New Generation Berlingo.”

James Barry, Dealer Principal, James Barry Motors said, “This is a really exciting time for us at James Barry Motors and is another milestone in our ambition to grow and develop the business as we constantly expand on what the dealership can offer to customers in Limerick and the wider area. Citroën’s range of cars and commercial vehicles stand apart from other car brands through their unique design and state of the art comfort and the vehicle range is instantly recognisable. The Brand really compliments our growing business, how we see ourselves as a Dealership and also how we want our customers to see us.”