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Citroën C5 Aircross

(2018 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

63
%
C

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

71
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

63
%
C

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

71
%
B

Summary


The Citroën C5 Aircross is a medium-sized SUV/crossover. It was initially launched in China, with European sales starting in late 2018. It basically replaces the Citroën C4 Aircross and C5 estate models.

The C5 Aircross has received consistently good reviews from the UK media since it was launched. It has received particular praise for providing a very comfortable ride (at the expense of handling) and clever interior design. Its exterior styling is distinctive, which can be somewhat polarising, although next to some newer rivals (Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage) it looks quite conservative.

The C5 Aircross received a mild mid-life update in Spring 2022, with minor styling updated and trim changes.

As of January 2024, the Citroën C5 Aircross holds a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 67%. It earns top marks for its low average CO2 emissions (thanks to the plug-in hybrid model), while its running costs are also good. Its safety rating and media reviews are only average, however, and we don’t yet have enough data to make a reliability assessment. Check back again soon.

C5 Aircross highlights

  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious and well-built interior
  • Frugal engines
  • Quiet driving experience

C5 Aircross lowlights

  • Tight rear legroom
  • No four-wheel drive options
  • Rivals have sharper handling
  • No seven-seat models

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £27,815 on-road

Launched: Winter 2018/19
Last updated: Spring 2022
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: April 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 87%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 58%
Safety assist: 75%

Note on safety rating

The Citroën C5 Aircross received a four-star rating from Euro NCAP in standard specification, which is sold in the UK with the name ‘Feel’. The more expensive ‘Flair’ and ‘Flair Plus’ trim levels come with additional safety assist technology as standard, which gives them a five-star rating. The Feel can be optioned with this extra kit for an additional cost, which would then give it a five-star safety rating.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Citroën C5 Aircross has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Citroën C5 Aircross to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the C5 Aircross, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models166 mpgA166 – mpgE – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models145 g/kmB131 – 155 g/kmA – B
Diesel models145 g/kmB129 – 166 g/kmA – C
Hybrid models130 g/kmA129 – 130 g/kmA – A
Plug-in hybrid models29 g/kmA29 – 32 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models40 milesD41 – 166 milesC – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models20A18 – 28A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£194A
Year 2£544B
Year 3£878B
Year 4£1,118B
Year 5£1,515B
Overall£4,249B

The Citroën C5 Aircross is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We don’t have independently verified fuel consumption data for the petrol and diesel models, but the CO2 levels (which are linked closely to fuel consumption) are good. The plug-in hybrid looks great on paper, but that’s due to the woeful EU/UK goverment lab tests that are completely useless at measuring a plug-in hybrid…

Insurance costs are excellent, while servicing and maintenance over the first five years should be very good as well.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Citroën C5 Aircross has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Large SUV for Value

2020

  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Medium SUV

2019

  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Car of the Year + Best Medium SUV

2018

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Most Exciting New Car

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Citroën opens orders for facelifted C5 Aircross

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The C5 Aircross has received consistently good reviews from the UK media. It has received particular praise for its comfortable ride and clever interior design.Citroën C5 Aircross