ROAD TEST: Citroen C5 Aircross

CITROEN C5: A spacious five-seater with massive boot capacity.

CITROEN’S C5 Aircross has powerful presence with its tall stance, imposing frontal design and big alloy wheels making it unmistakable in the crowded SUV sector where visual image is very important.

A spacious five-seater with massive boot capacity and flat-fold seats also give it a high score for day-to-day practicality and with petrol and diesel engines in the line-up, manual and auto gearboxes and three trim levels, the C5 Aircross ticks all the boxes for those seeking versatile family transport.

Prices start at €26,837 (£23,225) for the well-kitted Feel version, though many will opt for the mid-range Flair models which add extra features including enhanced connectivity, sat-nav and rear-view camera.

My test model was a Flair+ which added other kit including opening panoramic glass sunroof and wireless smart-phone charging.

This version, with 1.2-litre 129hp turbo-petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox, costs € 32,037 (£27,725) and delivers good performance from a relatively small engine unit.

Top speed is 188kph (117mph), 0-60mph time 10.5 seconds and emissions 119g/km. Average fuel economy is 14.7kpl (41.5mpg).

The C5 Aircross is smooth and easy to drive, with light-touch controls, excellent steering feedback and a slick manual gearshift.

Ride comfort is outstanding thanks to special progressive action hydraulic suspension and well-designed seats which give plenty of support.

There is excellent all-round visibility and the dashboard layout with large central screen is very user-friendly.

The C5 Aircross competes in a hard-fought SUV sector, but it has all the credentials be be a winner.

It has stand-out styling, excellent driving dynamics with arguably class-leading ride comfort.

The Citroen brand has been revitalised in recent years, and now has a strong reputation for innovative and creative cars exuding plenty of French cachet, the C5 Aircross being a fine example.

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Nick Fletcher