The new Citroen C5 Aircross!

2019 Citroën C5 Aircross Review

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

James Tomkins Garage and Citroen

Citroën Ireland Appoints James Tomkins Garage In Gorey

Citroën Ireland has added James Tomkins Garage in Gorey, north Co. Wexford to its dealer network.

James Tomkins Garage Ltd. is a family run car dealership established in 1995 in Gorey. The dealership prides itself on delivering a personal, friendly and efficient service to all their customers covering both sales and aftersales.

After qualifying as a mechanic in the summer of 1986, James decided to set up his own business from the garage at the back of his family home and after building up a large customer base he went on to purchase a garage in Gorey Town which has been transformed into a ten bay car workshop and showroom.

Speaking at the contract signing, Pat Ryan, Managing Director, Citroën & DS Ireland, commented, “We are delighted to welcome James Tomkins Garage Ltd. to the Citroën Dealer Network bringing our network to 20 authorized dealerships throughout the country. We are really looking forward to working with James, Catriona and all the team at James Tomkins Garage over the coming years as we continue to increase the Brand’s market share in the South East.”

James Tomkins, Dealer Principal, James Tomkins Garage, said, “All the team are really excited to be working with the Citroën & DS brands which will be a very welcome addition to our dealership for our customers. We are delighted to partner with the brand and we look forward to welcoming customers into our showroom over the coming months to view and test drive the extensive vehicle range.”


Citroën C3 Aircross Arriving In November

The new Citroën C3 Aircross is available to order in Ireland now, with pricing starting from €20,695. The car officially goes on sale from 6th November 2017 when the car will arrive in Irish showrooms.

Available in three trim levels Touch (from €20,695), Feel (from €21,995) and Flair (from €25,095), the new Citroën C3 Aircross is available with a choice of 1.2-litre PureTech petrol and 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel engines, as well as the latest generation EAT6 fully automatic gearbox.

Standard equipment includes manual air con, rear parking sensors, four electric windows and lane departure warning. Equipment on Feel includes 16" alloys, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and rear privacy glass, while Flair includes wireless phone charging, 17" alloys, satellite navigation, keyless entry and start, and more safety equipment.

Customisation will be a key feature of the new Citroen C3 Aircross and the exterior bi-tone roof, standard on the Flair trim level and available in three colours, can be complimented by one of the four exterior colour pack options, giving a total of 85 combinations.

The new compact crossover introduces a number of new technologies to the Citroën range including Wireless Smartphone Charging and Grip Control® with Hill Descent Assist.

Citroën’s Family Pack is standard on Feel and Flair models and includes folding front passenger seat, 60/40 sliding rear bench, 60/40 reclining rear seats, rear sun blinds, ski hatch and a rear middle armrest with cup holders.

Caroline Kidd


Citroen C3 Ireland

Irish Pricing For New Citroën C3

The new Citroën C3 is available to order in Ireland now with pricing starting from €15,490.

The new supermini from the French carmaker will be available in Touch, Feel and Flair trims.

The Touch trim starts at €15,490 with standard equipment including cruise control, USB socket for media streaming and Bluetooth handsfree, and safety features like lane departure warning and a coffee break alert.

Feel trim (from €16,990) adds 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, 7-inch touchscreen with Mirror Screen and Apple Car Play, and automatic air conditioning.

At launch, there is a free Style Pack worth €500 on Feel models, which adds Airbumps to the side of your new Citroën C3  and a bi-tone roof colour option, with other colour touches applied to the body of the car.  The door mirrors and foglight surrounds match the colour of the roof and when a Sport Red or Opal White roof is selected, a matching colour highlight appears on the Airbump. When a black roof is selected, a white highlight appears on the Airbump.

The top of the range Flair starts from €18,990 with black Airbumps as standard, 17-inch alloy wheels, ConnectedCAM Citroën™, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

ConnectedCAM Citroën™ uses a fully integrated camera, located behind the rear view mirror, to capture images and video that can instantly be shared on social media channels, or saved as evidence in the event of an accident.

Options for the new Citroën C3 include voice controlled 3D navigation, a reversing camera, keyless entry and start, and blind-spot monitoring.

PureTech petrol engines with 68hp, 75hp, 82hp or 110hp and BlueHDi diesel Euro 6 engines with 75hp or 100hp will be available for the new Citroën C3. Citroën Ireland predict that sales of petrol engines will increase on the new C3. Petrols are available from €15,490, while diesels are available from €17,890.

Managing Director, Chris Graham, Citroën Ireland commented, “The New Citroën C3 is the most significant launch for Citroën in Ireland in the past six years, offering a stand-out new option for customers in the B-hatchback segment. We are very excited about the potential of the New C3, offering such a high level of technology and a host of stylish options at a competitive price, we expect it to attract many new customers to the Citroën showrooms. This one is a real show stopper, so I would encourage customers to contact their local dealership so they can be one of the first to test drive this impressive New C3.”

Caroline Kidd


Citroen SpaceTourer MPV

Irish Launch For Citroen SpaceTourer

The new Citroen SpaceTourer has arrived in Ireland, with pricing starting at €38,300.

Available in three variants, including an extra long version which can seat up to nine people, the SpaceTourer is an MPV designed with both family and business buyers in mind.

The Citroen SpaceTourer is built on a new variant of the modular EMP2 platform used by the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso and the platform's modular design allows for three body lengths: XS at 4.60m, M at 4.95m and XL (coming in 2017) at 5.30m.

Practical features include independent sliding and reclining seats that can be easily removed, sliding side doors with handsfree access and a rear window that opens to allow easy access to the boot.

The SpaceTourer is available in two trim levels: Feel and Business. The SpaceTourer Feel is available in three lengths, with eight seats, and is aimed at families. The SpaceTourer Business is available in two lengths with eight or nine seats and is aimed at buyers who provide professional passenger transport.

Equipment includes 17" alloys, 7" touchscreen with MirrorLink and Apple CarPay, cruise control, air con, rear parking sensors and electric sliding doors.

The Citroën SpaceTourer comes with Citroen's new generation of BlueHDi diesel engines with 115, 150 or 180bhp.

Caroline Kidd


Citroen C4 Picasso and C4 Grand Picasso

New Citroen C4 Picasso And Grand C4 Picasso MPVs Launched

Updated Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso MPVs have just gone on sale in Ireland.

Available in three trim levels - Touch Edition, Feel and Flair - the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso both feature restyled exterior faces and a host of new interior trims.

The daytime running lights are now surrounded by chrome and the front bumper is lower and wider with gloss black central mouldings. At the back there are new 3D-effect lights as standard and new rear chevrons come finished in gloss black with chrome surround.

Two new body paint colours are available: Lazuli Blue and Soft Sand. A new bi-tone option with a black roof is now available on the C4 Picasso. Other cosmetic changes on new C4 Picasso include 'Mamba' 17-inch diamond-finish alloy wheels as standard on the Feel trim, while new Grand C4 Picasso features integrated roof bars and aluminium side profile on the Flair trim.

Two new driver assistance packages are available as options with features such as lane departure warning, blind spot monitor, speed limit recognition and radar guided cruise control.

A handsfree tailgate is also available.

Engine options for C4 Picasso include a 1.6-litre diesel with 100 or 120bhp or a 2.0-litre with 150bhp, while C4 Grand Picasso buyers can choose from a 1.2-litre Puretech (130bhp) turbo petrol engine, the 1.6-litre diesel with 120bhp or a 2.0-litre with 150bhp.

Manual and automatic transmissions are available.

Pricing for the 5 seat C4 Picasso starts at €26,695, while the larger 7 seat Grand C4 Picasso will be available from €28,995.

Caroline Kidd


Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl Ireland

Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl Coming Soon To Ireland

Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl Ireland
The new Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl is coming to Ireland

Citroën and surf brand, Rip Curl, have joined forces to create the Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition, which will arrive in Ireland this October and is available to order now.

The new special edition has Rip Curl graphics on the wings and rear quarter, white roof rails and door mirrors, orange seatbelts, orange detailing on the audio speakers, and orange-trimmed carpet mats.

The new model also introduces ‘Grip Control’ to the C4 Cactus range for the first time. This intelligent traction system allows drivers to select modes to deal with different surface types such as snow, mud and sand. The C4 Cactus Rip Curl also features 17-inch diamond cut ‘Cross’ alloy wheels with Goodyear 4 seasons Mud+Snow tyres.

The car will be available with two engines, the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol 110bhp, (from €23,995), and the 1.6-litre Blue HDi diesel 100bhp, (from €25,045).

Equipment includes aluminium-effect front and rear bumper protectors, rear parking sensors, a colour reversing camera, automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, satellite navigation, a 6-speaker MP3 audio system, cruise control/speed limiter and tinted rear windows. There will be a choice of five striking body colours – Obsidian Black (metallic), Arctic Steel (metallic), Pearl White (pearlescent), Sport Red and Tapenade Grey.

Caroline Kidd


New DS 3 Ireland

Irish Pricing For New DS 3

New DS 3 Ireland
The new DS 3

The separation of the DS brand from Citroen is now complete and after the launch here of the DS 5 and DS 4, the smallest car in the DS range has reached Ireland.

The DS 3 is the car formerly known as the Citroen DS 3, but DS is now a standalone brand and the premium arm of the PSA Group, which also accounts Peugeot as one of its brands.

All Citroen badging has been removed and a new grille bearing the DS emblem is the most significant visual update.

The range has been streamlined into two trim lines, Elegance and Prestige, and there is enhanced standard equipment.

The range kicks off at €21,345 for DS 3 Elegance with 1.2-litre Puretech (82bhp) petrol engine, and this model features brand new ‘Blade’ 16” alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, sports seats with new ‘Dinamica’ cloth trim, automatic air-conditioning, rear parking sensors and the DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system.

DS 3 Prestige is available from €27,295 with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 130bhp. Equipment includes eMyWay satellite navigation, additional front parking sensors, Alcantara upholstery and 17” alloy wheels.

Other engine options for new DS 3 include the 1.2-litre Puretech (110bhp) and 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel with 100 or 120bhp.

Caroline Kidd


new citroen c3

Opinion: Will The New C3 Be The Right Car For Citroen?

new citroen c3
The new Citroen C3

Citroen has revealed the first images of the next C3 supermini and they’re billing it as “a fresh, bold and colourful B-segment, 5-door supermini that delivers new levels of advanced comfort and personality to the sector".

And just look at it: something of a radical new direction for the Citroen C3, with styling cues from the quirky C4 Cactus crossover.

Speaking about the new C3, Linda Jackson, Citroen CEO, said: “The New C3 has all the Citroën values and all the qualities to give the brand new impetus, which is especially important as the previous model accounted for almost one in five sales in Europe. A comfortable car with real personality, it is set to appeal to new customers looking for a modern car with character.”

With the DS brand now a separate entity and covering the premium end of the market, Citroen must find its place in the world again and bold design will be a part of that.

The pictures of the new C3 show a bold new compact car with plastic cladding around the wheel arches and Citroen’s innovative ‘Airbump’ technology on the sides. Customisation seems to feature highly in this new recipe for Citroen, and the launch photos show a bright, colourful two-tone finish for new C3.

Let’s state the obvious here: the new C3 looks nothing like anything else in the class (Fiesta, Corsa, Yaris, Fabia, Ibiza, Polo, 208, Mazda2 etc.).

So is this the right direction for Citroen? Will the new C3 be divisive, just too remote from what we’re used to seeing in this class to be a sales hit?

The new C3 weighs in heavy on the popular crossover look but is likely to be as easy to drive and efficient as any other small car, and critically competively priced too.

This is a bold move from Citroen but I think it just might be the right one. You see it’s pretty much widely accepted now that if you sling some plastic cladding on a car, it will sell because the world’s gone mad for SUVs, crossover and the ‘off-road-lite’ look. Expect more to follow.

new citroen c3
A brave new look for the Citroen C3

Caroline Kidd