Citroën C5 Aircross Puretech 180 Flair EAT8
What Car? UK|October 2019
Citroën C5 Aircross Puretech 180 Flair EAT8
Being a cousin of the class leader and having a clear focus on comfort, this large SUV seems very promising
Alastair Clements

THERE ARE CERTAIN automotive experiences that every car lover should have on their bucket list. These include getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari, tackling an off-road course with a 4x4 and driving on a race track, ideally in a singleseater. Oh, and running a proper Citroën.

It’s a different sort of thrill compared with a racer or a V12-engined supercar, of course, but there used to be genuine excitement to driving something with the double chevron on its bonnet: feeling the hydropneumatic suspension pump itself up, then enjoying the bizarre sensation of floating over potholes in serene comfort. Not for nothing did Rolls-Royce borrow Citroën’s suspension for the Silver Shadow of the 1960s.

In recent decades, however, commercial pressures have led to the brand’s character being diluted; many models were little more than badge-engineered Peugeots with wacky styling to replace innovation under the skin.

But with the C5 Aircross, Citroën is returning to its roots. Instead of joining the trend for sporty high-riders, it has concentrated on blending comfort with the practicality that’s vital to succeed in the large SUV class. And being based on the same underpinnings as our 2019 Large SUV of the Year, the Peugeot 5008, it could do just that.

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October 2019