Citroën C5 Aircross
0-62mph 10.5 seconds
High pace 117mph
In these bruisingly divisive instances, there may be one factor, at the least, that we are able to agree on: potholes. “Craters”, because the tabloids name them, are a supply of neverending dismay for drivers and cyclists. In keeping with the Asphalt Trade Alliance, virtually 1.7m potholes had been stuffed in England and Wales final yr – an astonishing one each 19 seconds. Sadly, the gaping cavern I’ve to swerve spherical every morning has to this point evaded their attentions. And with all this rain, it’s now develop into a water characteristic. Inexperienced Flag estimates that dropping into potholes causes our vehicles a mean of £230 per yr on repairs – largely to tyres and suspension.
When you’ve got a horror of thudding into these damaging craters, you may need to contemplate Citroën’s new C5 Aircross. The phrase “Aircross” offers you a clue what this versatile household SUV is all about: consolation – bone-easing, rump-cherishing, head-soothing consolation. Beneath the sunny paintwork it bristles with some critically good advances. Chief amongst them is the Progressive Hydraulic Cushion. Citroën says this can be a world first. Basically, a pair of hydraulic stops have been added to every shock absorber, one for rebound and the opposite for compression. They take in the jolts to ship a “magic carpet journey”. The impact is splendidly calming.
From the skin, the automobile appears like a riot of moulded panels and unusual rectangular shapes. However dwell with it for a day or two and its wilfully outlandish styling begins to look kinda kookie and kinda cool. Clamber inside and also you’ll discover a happy-go-lucky automobile decided to not take itself too critically. It comes with 30 exterior mixtures and three inside “ambiences”. It’s all rounded corners and geometric shapes. It has appeal, although to name it charismatic could be a push.
This SUV class is commonly marketed on its sportiness. If that’s what you might be after, you’ll be unimpressed. If, nonetheless, you need to ferry individuals and clobber round in consolation and with a level of fashion, you’ll discover a lot to cheer about. It’s well-equipped with driver and security aids. Giant and helpful cubbies and storage bins are plentiful. Devices are absolutely digital and you’ll select between numerous graphics. There’s a built-in dashcam that data and routinely sends pictures to your telephone in case you are concerned in a heavy-braking incident. You may additionally use it to document a scenic journey.
Normally vehicles are offered on the facility of their engines, however as of late items are so environment friendly and dependable they usually appear to be talked about solely as an after-thought. On Citroën’s web site, the engine is definitely the final factor addressed. Should you’re , the C5 Aircross comes with a selection of Peugeot-Citroën engines. I drove the smallest – a resolute 1.2-litre petrol unit. It was unshowy, sensible and acquired the job achieved. Simply what you need, in truth. A plug-in hybrid is due in 2020. So, we now have a hard-working soft-rider decided to easy out your drive – and a few of life’s obstacles, too. Give it a go.