The Citroën C5 Aircross is here photographed in Live finish, available at a price of € 26,500 in the PureTech 130 petrol version. Marketed since January 2019, the Citroën C5 Aircross is now available with a small 130 hp petrol engine that lowers its call price to € 24,700. Sufficient for family use? Answer in this test of the C5 Aircross PureTech 130.
Cheerful lines, suspensions with hydraulic stops, independent rear seats and sliding, cushioned upholstery, length of 4.50 m giving off a nice volume of trunk: the recent Citroën C5 Aircross is aimed more at the families in search of comfortable trips than the amateurs of dynamic driving, rather seduced by his technical cousin Peugeot 3008.
Paradoxically, the Citroën SUV started its commercialization with two powerful engines: 2.0 BlueHDi 180 in diesel, 1.6 PureTech 180 in gasoline. A few weeks after its launch in January 2019, the C5 Aircross draws another duo reduced to 130 hp: 1.5 BlueHDi diesel, and 1.2 PureTech gasoline, here on trial.
Citroën C5 Aircross PureTech 130 Award
Let's take a look at the C5 Aircross Start at € 24,700 , born to make flash a call price but private backup radars, alloy wheels, automatic climate control and leather steering wheel. This equipment brings back the C5 Aircross Live to € 26,500 which still lacks a bit of cachet without roof rack or upholstered upholstery, and suspended on four "small" 17-inch wheels ( photo below ).
Citroën C5 Aircross Live gray static rear
Beyond making the presentation more dapper, the Finish Feel € 29 500 plunges the C5 Aircross in the world of modernity: GPS navigation to Android connections Auto / Apple CarPlay, digital display meters, charging smartphone induction, reversing camera, key hands-free, everything comes standard and even makes superfluous the level Shine to 32 250 € ( see cascade of equipment on page 2 ).
In the range, the interest of the C5 Aircross PureTech 130 BVM is also to display € 4,000 cheaper than the other gasoline version, which peaks at 180 hp and imposes the eight-speed automatic transmission. It remains to be seen whether the three-cylinder engine coupled with a manual gearbox remains worthy, in this good size SUV!
Driving the C5 Aircross PureTech 130
Even deprived of padded upholstery, the seats of the C5 Aircross Live welcome us with some mellow. The adjective also concerns its famous suspensions that filter everything, all the time, from the striking highway connection to the speed of a donkey approached. On this point, the 17-inch highwall tires still seem to improve the effect of the flying carpet which never becomes caricatural and prevents passengers from suffering from nausea.
Only intruder, in this peaceful environment? The manual transmission, which does not break the general quiet despite a high and short lever reminiscent of a sports coupe: the precise guidance does not require any "handle" particular, any more than the clutch pedal remained flexible. Curious paradox, the urban evolutions appear even softer than on board a C5 Aircross with box EAT8, perfectible in its management stops / reboots with the red light when the system Stop & Start is triggered.
Soft at low speeds, sparkling on first gear, the PureTech 130 three-cylinder completes the driving pleasure despite its dull grunting acceleration, which contrasts with the discretion of the 1.6 PureTech four-cylinder. But everything is back to steady speed where, despite its modest displacement, the 1.2 is enough to maintain the 130 km / h in the long ramps of highway.
Sufficient on a daily basis, the C5 Aircross PureTech 130 shows rather its limits in load or in the reliefs, where it becomes necessary to demote to revitalize the raises: at a need of power around 100-110 km / h, the indicator gearshift sometimes advises to leave the 6th for 3rd gear! No need to do the same, but it will still take down one or two.
Thus whipped, the C5 Aircross PureTech 130 logically pain to reproduce the consumptions announced: 5.3 l / 100 km approved in mixed cycle, but 8.7 l measured at 130 km / h on a hilly highway. At the same place, the C5 Aircross PureTech 180 EAT8 had stabilized at 9 l proving here the limits of downsizing on a high and heavy SUV.
Unsurprisingly, this C5 Aircross is appreciated at a gentle pace, which shines the comfort and softness of the controls and forget its clumsy behavior, especially with the "small" wheels that still alter the grip of the front and rear axle. reduction of the direction. But honestly: who would want to rush this peaceful SUV?
On board the C5 Aircross Live
Competition C5 Aircross PureTech 130
Comfortable and welcoming, the C5 Aircross does not charge too much for its qualities in this version PureTech 130: € 24,700 in basic price, and € 29,150 in Feel very well endowed. Equivalent equipment, rivals claim more. The Peugeot 3008 PureTech 130 points to € 31,850 in Allure, the Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI 130 € 32 090 in special Connect series. Even Korean cousins Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, usually well placed, suffer here their 1.6 GDi 132 atmospheric penalty which adds 3 000 € to their tariff (29 000 €).
To find cheaper than the Citroën, you simply knock at Renault-Nissan. Equipped with the same 1.3 TCe 140hp engine, the Kadjar Wave (limited edition) and Qashqai N-Connecta stand out: € 29,000 for the Renault, and € 28,750 for the Nissan, which has a smaller trunk volume (430 l, against 472 l for Kadjar and 580 l for the C5 Aircross!).
Review of the C5 Aircross PureTech 130 test
Obviously, the C5 Aircross PureTech 130 does not reach the approval of the PureTech 180 on a daily basis: higher sound level than the acceleration, more timid raises on the higher reports, consumption not so distant on highway. For a mainly urban and / or peaceful use, this PureTech 130 is justified however, thanks to a great saving on the purchase (-4000 €!) And a driving smoothness paradoxically superior in the city, in spite of the absence of automatic transmission.