To return to the big passenger car category after a four-year absence, Citroën has made all the stops and developed an unprecedented strategy. The first pillar of which was not to renew another of three conventional boxes. As a result, his amazing C5 X navigates the worlds of the sedan and the adventurer. Long (4.81 m), higher than average and with a spectacular stern, the new Chevrons wagon is currently unclassifiable. But more than a silhouette, this descendant of the C5 and C6 is above all a formidable travel machine.
What do the French think of the new C5 X?
In a less original interior than its body, the French car received very well. Giant space, well-designed front seats and benches, easy-to-understand ergonomics because while still leaving plenty of room for physical controls, you’ll feel comfortable quickly. And the C5 X to transform the test offering an impressive suspension comfort, without falling into the caricature of the chewing gum. Driving enthusiasts will not necessarily find their happiness, but it is worth noting an unexpected dynamism on the part of this great sedan that, for example, does it better than its brother C5 Aircross. Only weak point, materials that are not always at the height of the road category, even if the assembly is still serious. And then Citroën knows how to be forgiven with competitive prices. In the midst of this flattering image, the right engine remains to be unearthed.
Not a clumsy plug-in hybrid
If you are interested in the Citroën sedan, know that the choice will be made quickly, because the choice is surprisingly limited. Even if a diesel had adapted perfectly to this kilometer, the Chevrons have opted to do without it.. Therefore, it is necessary to make your market between the PureTech 130, the PureTech 180 and the 225 hp rechargeable hybrid. In the latter, Citroën fails to really stand out from the competition. Electrical autonomy is not a reference, but it will be enough if you live about twenty kilometers from your workplace to be able to go back and forth. Or, better yet, recharge once at the office … Especially because despite being 300 kg overweight compared to PureTech, this “plug-in” does not consume much more and shows a good performance in terms of collection and acceleration.. But, obviously, its price is still high: at least € 44,950 in the mid-range Feel Pack finish, from which you must withdraw € 1,000 in bonuses valid until June 30.
Measured electrical autonomy of the plug-in hybrid C5 X
- City autonomy: 44 km
- Autonomy road: 38 km
- Autonomy of the motorway: 36 km
Read also: all our Citroën C5 X tests
Two PureTechs, two atmospheres
If you do not have access to a charging point at home or work, the PureTech 130 and 180 will suit you much better. Despite the modest power, the smaller PureTech may be enough for the C5 X.. If the sensations of acceleration are not thundered, our times confirm that the small 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder 130 hp is doing so with honors, especially because the Frenchman contains his weight (1,460 kg). Above all, it allows you to contain the price of the Citroën road car and opt, if not for a slightly cheaper Feel finish, for a Feel Pack of € 35,400 in addition to a small penalty of € 210.
But if you can afford it, the PureTech 180 fits the C5 X much better. but this 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder is best suited for its smooth operation and quiet during the acceleration phases, where the PureTech 130 shows this scraping side. and this sound typical of its architecture but which crashes under the hood of a large tourist. More powerful and with more torque, the PureTech 180, moreover, is no more greedy, even the opposite. Therefore, it is he who wins our favors, apart from any notion of price. Because it will cost you at least € 40,500 because this engine is only available from the Shine finish.
The measured performance and fuel consumption of the Citroën C5 X
|Measure||PureTech 130||PureTech 180||Hybrid 225|
|MeasureFrom 0 to 100 km / h||PureTech 13010.4 s||PureTech 1808.8 s||Hybrid 2259 seconds|
|MeasureFrom 80 to 120 km / h||PureTech 1307.4 s||PureTech 1805.3 s||Hybrid 2254.6 s|
|MeasureCity consumption||PureTech 1308.4 l / 100 km||PureTech 1808.1 l / 100 km||Hybrid 2258.1 l / 100 km|
|Measureroad consumption||PureTech 1307.4 l / 100 km||PureTech 1807.1 l / 100 km||Hybrid 2257.4 l / 100 km|
|MeasureHighway consumption||PureTech 1307.4 l / 100 km||PureTech 1807.4 l / 100 km||Hybrid 2258.1 l / 100 km|
|MeasureAverage consumption||PureTech 1307.8 l / 100 km||PureTech 1807.6 l / 100 km||Hybrid 2257.8 l / 100 km|
Note that the consumption of the rechargeable hybrid version is measured with the battery at its minimum charge threshold.