Our C5 Aircross has been doing a sterling job of hauling bodies lately. No, I haven’t moved into the undertaking business, as thankfully I’m talking about live bodies, and specifically friends who have been accompanying me on weekends away and days out. When I first saw the Citroën’s back seats, I thought any long journeys four- or five-up would lead to griping from the back row, but that hasn’t happened – quite the reverse in fact.
The Citroën’s seats (front and rear) look flat and unsupportive, and I was convinced that even me, with my rubber spine that’ll adapt to anything, would be crippled with pain after a couple of hours in the hot seat. But comfort has proved to be one of our C5 Aircross’s strong points, helped by the absorbent suspension that I mentioned in my last report. Citroën refers to the Aircross’s suspension as ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’ which seems distinctly non-technical to me, but there’s no denying the set-up’s prowess. Despite the fact that our Aircross sits on 19-inch alloy wheels, the ride is absorbent rather than crashy, something that’s no doubt aided by the relatively generous suspension travel.
Four of us went away for a long weekend, with the C5 loaded to the gunwhales, and after four hours’ travelling, there were no complaints of aches and pains, despite my passengers all being in their 70s. Over the next few days we spent plenty of time in the car, and while it’s tight in the back for three people to sit abreast, it’s possible. The biggest problem is for the person in the middle to do up their seatbelt, as they’re invariably sitting on top of the buckle.
The C5 Aircross’s versatility is aided by sliding rear seats, which in theory allow for the perfect balance between rear-seat leg room and boot capacity. The reality is that the back seats are invariably all the way back if they’re occupied, or there just isn’t enough leg space. Even with the seats right back, the boot is commodious enough; moving the seats forward tends not to make enough of a difference to carrying capacity, and if more boot space is needed, it’s easier to just fold the back seat down – or part of it.
By splitting the seat into three sections, each of which can be slid or folded independently of the others, versatility is enhanced further. And just in case all of this isn’t enough, Citroën has boosted practicality even more with the fitment of a split-level boot floor, which allows the back seats to fold flat if the divider is in its highest position. Of course, none of this is game changing or revolutionary, but not all of the Citroën’s rivals offer this level of versatility, and it’s just a load more reasons why I’ve rather taken to the C5 Aircross.
Date arrived 10th July 2019
Fuel economy 48.0-56.3mpg (WLTP combined) 44.6mpg (on test)
The weather has been apocalyptic recently, with rain falling in biblical quantities. The Citroën’s raised ride height has been perfect for crossing fords and flooded roads.
I’m used to adjusting a climate control system by half a degree and noticing a temperature change. This can be tweaked by several degrees with no discernible difference.