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Citroën C5 X

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

74
%
A

Used car score:

73
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

76
%
B

Eco Rating:

79
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

74
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

74
%
A

Used car score:

73
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

76
%
B

Eco Rating:

79
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

74
%
A

Summary


Arriving in the UK in Spring 2022, the Citroën C5 X is a five-door liftback which sits somewhere between a conventional car and a crossover/SUV vehicle.

The successor to the long-gone Citroën C5 and C6 large car models, the C5 X is only available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. A selection of petrol engines are available, as is a range-topping plug-in hybrid model (PHEV) which uses the same technology as the Peugeot 508 PHEV saloon.

Reviewers have been in disagreement over how to classify the C5 X, with some labelling it a crossover estate and others an SUV. Like an increasing number of new cars, it sits taller than a conventional saloon or estate but lower than a regular SUV, in much the same way as the smaller Citroën C4.

The Citroën C5 X has received very consistent review scores from its international launch, with every review concluding that it is a very good addition to the Citroën range, and that it offers an interesting alternative to the crowded crossover market.

“Whatever it is, it’s the best Citroën we’ve driven in years”, Heycar comments, highlighting the C5 X for its practical and refined interior. The Telegraph agrees, and adds that the C5 X’s combination of distinctive looks, generous equipment levels and long-distance comfort make the keenly-priced entry-level petrol model an attractive proposition.

That said, many reviewers, including The Telegraph, state that the cheapest model is the best option. While journalists welcome the addition of a plug-in hybrid to the range, a majority of the reviews criticise this top-of-the-range model for its expensive price tag and its fairly average electric range of 34 miles. What Car? adds that it is not fond of the family car’s steering dynamics, explaining that the C5 X has “roly-poly handling”.

While admitting that conventional PHEV rivals like the Skoda Octavia, Seat Leon and Peugeot 3008 offer a longer battery range, Car asserts that the C5 X is “a breath of fresh air – a calming, spacious and supremely comfortable vehicle”.

As of January 2024, the Citroën C5 X holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 74%. It earns top marks for its low running costs and CO2 emissions, while its safety score and media reviews are also good. However, it’s worth noting that we don’t currently have reliability data for the C5 X, so check back again soon.

C5 X highlights

  • Affordable entry-level pricing
  • Cabin refinement
  • Spacious interior
  • Distinctive exterior looks

C5 X lowlights

  • SUV alternatives offer more boot space
  • Lethargic handling
  • Plug-in hybrid is expensive
  • Awkward automatic gearbox

Key specifications


Body style: Large five-door liftback
Engines: petrol, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £28,695 on-road

Launched: Spring 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: September 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 82%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 69%
Safety assist: 66%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

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

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Citroën C5 X 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 X, 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

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models137 g/kmB136 – 148 g/kmB – B
Plug-in hybrid models27 g/kmA27 – 30 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models34 milesE34 – 34 milesE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models26B20 – 31A – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£203B
Year 2£563B
Year 3£909B
Year 4£1,147B
Year 5£1,551B
Overall£4,373B

The Citroën C5 X should be a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical 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…

The plug-in hybrid battery range looks woeful, but it’s fairly average for this sort of car. A fully electric car of similar size, by comparison, will usually have about 250-300 miles of range.

Insurance costs are very good, as are servicing and maintenance over the first five years.

Awards


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

2023

  • Company Car and Van Awards – Best Large Car

2022

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The Citroën C5 X is a liftback blending the practicality of an estate with the comfort of an SUV, but alternatives are better to drive.Citroën C5 X