First things first – is the new Citroen C5 X a sedan, station wagon or a mix of SUV and MPV?
The simple answer is that the new flagship model is a little bit of everything.
Like the ingredients in a sumptuous cake, this French fantasy has huge amounts of elegance, practicality, versatility, and of course, a dash of sturdiness to make it feel like it can go anywhere and do anything.
It’s also a piece of design art, with the now signature super-slim X-shaped LED lights (carried over from the new C4) dominating the nose, drawing your eye to the dual angles in the main headlights and lower fascia.
Huge double creases in the bonnet perfectly complement the sharp shoulder lines ending in arched wheel arches, and the floating black roof gives it a sleek, coupe-like silhouette.
Two spoilers at the rear – roof and tailgate – shorten the look of the massive trunk lid, while the wraparound clusters and Citroen emblazoned across the center give it a really sporty, almost Porsche-like look.
At 4,805mm long, 1,865mm wide and 1,485mm this is a respectable size for a car and with a wheelbase of 2,785mm this means the interior space is huge – especially in the rear for taller passengers.
The trunk is also massive and thanks to a power tailgate, the 545-litre luggage compartment is easily accessible and increases to 1,640 l with the seats folded down.
Thanks to clever and well-positioned pockets and compartments, there is also 30 liters of storage space in the cabin.
Top-end models come with lavishly quilted leather seats that set the benchmark for comfort.
Even on standard models, the pews are fitted with an additional 15mm of memory foam and textured surface foam for postural comfort.
The cockpit is a state-of-the-art digital affair with two high-resolution interfaces – one of which is a 7-inch instrument cluster secured by a Head-up display that extends 21 inches across the windshield.
The other dominates the center dashboard with a 12-inch infotainment unit with voice recognition system, customizable smartphone widget-based display, 4 USB Type-C sockets and wireless smartphone charging that also enables Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity .
It’s also equipped with the latest safety technology, including Highway Driver Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function and lane departure warning to enable level two semi-autonomous driving.
The C5 X is available in three trim levels – Feel Pack, Flair and Flair Pack – and with a choice of three engines, including a PureTech 1.2-litre with 130 and a 1.6-litre with 180 hp, both on an eight-speed Automatic transmissions are tuned by EAT, and a plug-in hybrid with 225 hp.
The PHEV version can travel up to 55 km in pure electric mode at speeds of up to 135 km/h.
All are equipped with Progressive Hydraulic Cushion (PHC) suspension designed to replicate the legendary magic carpet effect.
We tested the entry-level petrol and plug-in on roads around Barcelona. While they all basked in balmy sunshine, the rain didn’t let up for 48 hours, making for Irish-like conditions. Both did admirably in the wet and excelled on windier B-roads around the mountains.
That’s at cruising speed of course, drop the hammer and trade the hooligan and you’ll see another side where understeer abounds.
That said, it gobbled up mile after mile in supreme comfort, and if I had to commute 50,000km a year, this would be on my driveway.
Prices will be announced in the coming weeks.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-reviews/citroen-redefines-the-saloon-with-a-super-comfy-flagship-c5-x-41500349.html Citroen redefines the sedan with a super comfortable flagship C5 X