CITROEN C5 AIRCROSS
Overdrive|March 2021
The French car makers debut SUV is a stunner
BERTRAND D’SOUZA

Type 1,997cc, inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel

Max power 177PS@3,750rpm

Max torque 400Nm@2,000rpm

LxWxH(mm) 4,500x2,099x1,710

Price ₹25 lakh (expected ex-showroom)

OD Rating

Superb ride, stylish interiors, fabulous engine

No connected tech, no petrol at time of launch

Its no surprise, Mercedes Benz snapped up Alexandre Malval, the designer under who’s penmanship, the C5 Aircross took shape. Alexandre is gifted and brought a certain elegance, style and luxury to various Citroen models during his stint there as their Design Director. And that’s the first bit that strikes you as you look at the C5 Aircross, its got lovely design elements, quite unlike anything you expect on a car. Its radical, outrageous, gorgeous and fluid all at the same time. It has sex appeal, plenty of it and the C5 Aircross turns heads everywhere you drive it. And that stunning design ethos continues to elicit delight when you step into the cabin, where each and every element hits you in the face. You simply go wow, with a ‘I’ve never seen anything look like that before!’

A few things on the inside that caught my attention. The seats and the seating configuration. The C5 Aircross is a proper 5-seater, and it gets 5 proper seats, two seats in the front and three split seats in the rear placed to look like a bench. Each of those three seats can be reclined, folded flat and adjusted forward and back individually to liberate more knee room. And with an almost flat floor, you get better space to adjust your feet. The seats also come upholstered with a combination of leather and fabric and the textures of the materials used and the shades of grey give it a stylish edge. Its all very Parisian chic, and the interior’s sense of style will stay fresh and innovative for a long time.

Even the design of the gear shift, or the touchscreen infotainment system, the air-con louvres, the steering wheel, every element has been detailed uniquely. The soft bezels and curved edges adds a unique and unmatched perspective to the interior space. Even the fonts used on the instrument display are stylish. The only debilitating factor is the usability of certain controls. For instance, climate adjustments inside the cabin have two sets of controls, one on the touchscreen and a separate array of buttons just below; when only one control system would have done the job. There are a few oddities in the cabin but nothing that you won’t adjust to in time.

Rohit has previously elicited just how amazing the C5 Aircross is to look at, so I’m not going to get into that. What I was keen to examine is just how well the C5 Aircross works in Indian conditions, especially since certain elements have been tweaked for our market.

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