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26 Jan 2023

Facelift (What's New)
Redesigned head lights and taillights, and front air intakes
New centre console layout alongside a new gear selector
Advanced Comfort Seats in the cabin

Good space and a host of convenience features make this new Citroen C5 Aircross the pick for those looking to transport the family with minimum fuss.

Is it starting to get difficult to get in and out of the driver's seat? Are your children starting to jostle for space in the car? Is the boot starting to look tight after every grocery run?

If you've answered yes to any of those questions, it might be high time for you to ditch that hatchback in favour of this new Citroen C5 Aircross.

A new exterior

The facelifted car (left) gets a redesigned grille, front intakes, and head lights, giving it a bolder and more modern look
Don't be ashamed if you don't recognise the SUV at first glance. This facelifted car has received a host of changes so it looks radically different from what came before.

Gone is the gently rounded front of its predecessor. The front of this Citroen C5 Aircross is now visually dominated by a strong and bold grille, complete with a rather attractive 'piano key' detail.

Look at this SUV from the flank and you'll notice the use of black plastic under cladding on its lower sections, as well as the return of roof rails (which were removed when its predecessor made the switch over to a 1.2-litre powerplant here in Singapore), all necessary for pulling off that strong and rugged SUV look.

Welcome changes within

The facelifted car (left) also does away with the old gear selector lever of its predecessor (right)
And the changes don't stop on the outside. Step within this Citroen C5 Aircross and you'll find the centre console has also been redesigned, while a new rocker-style gear selector also features.

Also new here are the firm's Advanced Comfort seats, which in this C5 Aircross now feature more contours, a departure from the basic design that wrapped those found on its predecessor.

And true to their name, the new items are comfortable to lounge in, offering a nice level of lateral support around the thighs, along with good cushioning at all the right places along their backs. And of course, the vehicle's elevated stance also makes ingress and egress easy.

The touch sensitive controls for the infotainment system could use a touch more sensitivity
An 8.0-inch infotainment system continues to serve in this cabin, complete with a host of touch-sensitive buttons that allow easy switching between sub-menus but could use a boost to their sensitivity.

Thankfully, the second row of the C5 Aircross is where most potential customers will be won over. Still present here are the three equally sized seats alongside the flat floor, which should help to keep those arguments about who should sit where to a minimum.

These seats, mind, also slide forward by up to 150mm, so you always get the option to trade the reasonable amount of legroom available for more space at the back when you need to ferry longer pieces of cargo.

Still an easy drive

The three seats at the rear can all slide independently of each other, allowing you to configure the available space as needed
Drive off in this Citroen C5 Aircross and you'll find it offers a ride that mirrors the comfort-oriented cabin.

The SUV's suspension, equipped with the firm's Progressive Hydraulic Cushions, do a good job of isolating the cabin away from the various bumps and ruts on the road, although overall comfort here is let down by the body's noticeable diving under braking.

But more frustrating here is the fact that the switches to activate the Cruise Control function are still located on a stalk mounted low down on the steering column, which mean you'll need to familiarise yourself with them before setting off, as glancing at the stalk will require you to take your eyes off the road.

The various convenience features of the Citroen C5 Aircross allow it to mark itself out as a competent and fuss-free family hauler
Thankfully, the car redeems itself with its high noise insulation. The 1.2-litre unit from before continues to perform duty here, and is free of harsh notes, all while returning an average fuel economy of 9.6km/l during the two days which we had the car.

And adding further to this relaxed drive is a steering that is not only light at highways speeds, but also incredibly so when you're simply crawling along, making parking an absolute breeze.

If you're after a family-friendly SUV that can ferry the family, no questions asked, this Citroen C5 will make a great pick.

Shopping for a sensible SUV with space for the family? There's also these options to consider:

The Mitsubishi Eclipse comes with sleek styling and a reasonably punchy drivetrain

There's also the Nissan Qashqai to consider, with its quiet and refined drive

Or the Peugeot 3008, which also comes with stunning looks and an attractive interior

Alternatively, you might want to look at the Mazda CX-5, with its good looks and excellent drivability
Car Information


: $156,999

Engine Type


3-cylinder in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap





95kW (128 bhp) / 5500 rpm



230 Nm / 1750 rpm



8-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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