A few months ago Citroen decided to give a sprint to its electrified offensive with the introduction of the new one C5 Aircross, also offered in a plug-in hybrid version. We had the pleasure of testing this battery-powered version of the French SUV between Milan and Desenzano del Garda, in a test drive during which we have thoroughly squeezed the family crossover both on urban roads and not very smooth due to traffic and on motorways and long-distance secondary roads. The response in all driving contexts has been very surprising.
And surprisingly, in this case it has a positive meaning. The comfort transmitted by the new C5 Aircross while sitting behind the wheel is in fact really maximized, thanks above all to the Advanced Comfort seats installed by the French brand. The suspension is also of the same type, optimized to ensure maximum comfort not only for the driver but also for all the other occupants of the vehicle even when facing the most tortuous and sudden curves. Citroen wanted to define the sensation transmitted by these two elements with the expression “flying carpet effect“, Precisely because the car is transformed into a unit that seems to fly on the road. Returning for a moment to the seats, the rear seats are all independent, sliding and of the same width: also thanks to their configuration, the new C5 Aircross can boast a best-in-class boot volume.
The more refined and refined interiors show great dynamism also thanks to the 10 ″ touchpad, which it seems suspended in the center of the dashboard and it is very ergonomic as well as intuitive to use. The new central console also deserves a mention, where the automatic gearshift lever disappears replaced by a selector that is much less invasive in use. As for the transmission itself, the Ë-EAT8 unit always gave very smooth responses, both when engaging and downshifting. Comfort on board also means safetyfor this Citroen has decided to equip the renewed version of its SUV with twenty ADAS, including the Highway Driver Assist system that guarantees level 2 autonomous driving.
However, the renewal of Citroen C5 Aircross mainly concerned the exterior design, which is now more robust and is characterized by the transition from rounded lines to more sculpted and modern shapes. Both at the front and at the rear the new luminous signatures stand out with three LED modules in 3D, while only in the front we find the new protection plate in glossy black or aluminum effect. The new SUV of the French brand also stands out for its dynamic profile and new 18 ″ alloy wheels. How many to the motor offer, the range ranges from diesel and petrol solutions with manual and automatic gearboxes to the plug-in hybrid, precisely what we had the pleasure of testing ourselves: this last configuration combines an internal combustion engine and an 81 electric engine, 2 kW for a total system power of 225 hp and a maximum torque of 360 Nm. In fully electric mode we have found that the French SUV can actually travel 55 kilometers in the mixed cycle without having to recharge, even at a maximum speed of 135 km / h. There are three driving modes available, such as Hybrid, Sport and Electric, to which the E-Save function is added to preserve 10 km, 20 km or all the energy present in the battery to be used later.
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