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The Citroën brand has over one hundred years of rich history under its belt. Founded in 1919, the French car manufacturer seems to have done it all—producing the legendary 2CV, a bestseller of its time, and introducing the first production FWD car in the world, the Citroën Avant.
Through the decades, and the many feathered caps it has collected along the way, one thing remains unchanged for the Citroën—Style. The brand produces some of the most stylish cars around and the C5 Aircross is a perfect example of this finesse.
Citroën initially planned a 2020 India launch with the C5 Aircross. However, much like most of 2020, the launch was pushed into 2021. The brand ultimately made its debut with the SUV in April this year at a starting price of INR 29.90 lakh. At this particular price point, it was poised to rival the likes of the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Tucson.
The SUV, however, started drawing more attention and making a noticeable splash in other segments too. Soon, reports of the Citroën C5 Aircross drawing buyers from higher segments surfaced and the Citroën C5 Aircross has emerged as an attention magnet for buyers in the market looking at premium SUVs as well.
Sources reveal that buyers who were looking at picking up SUVs such as the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Mercedes-Benz GLC, have also shown interest in the Citroën C5 Aircross. We know of a real customer instance where a buyer cancelled his Mercedes-Benz GLC booking and bought the C5 Aircross instead!
The Citroën C5 Aircross offers a bold and unique styling stance, making you sneak in a second look. Overall, the SUV features a muscular design that packs in plenty of attitude. On the front, the Citroën logo sits neatly in the center as the LED DRLs stylishly integrate with a pair of chrome strips.
The black cladding runs across the sides of the SUV giving it a slightly rugged look. The C5 Aircross rides on 18-inch dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels. The rear-end is comparatively simple with four rectangular 3D LED modules that emphasize how broad the stance is while also being aesthetically pleasing.
The ride of the Citroën C5 is often likened to that of a flying carpet. This is courtesy of the famed Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension. These hydraulic 'cushions' allow the SUV to simply glide over small undulations and potholes while its occupants travel in comfort. This suspension increases comfort and improves the ride quality tremendously.
The suspension only forms a part of the wide-ranging Citroën Advanced Comfort Program. The front windows are double laminated, the front windshield is made of acoustic glass, and the onboard Air Quality System further enhances the comfort quotient for occupants of the C5 Aircross.
Taking things up a notch is the large panoramic sunroof, which not only emulates more roominess thanks to the incoming light but also allows occupants to comfortably enjoy the view. The interior is decked in leather and other premium materials, further enhancing the superior feel.
The front seats aim at providing lounge-like comfort and are made of high-density foam. The three seats at the rear are independent and can be adjusted independently too. Ultimately, the element of passenger comfort shines through.
Further, the Citroën C5 Aircross has a roomy 580-litre boot space that can accommodate all that you would need for a weekend on the road. This is supplemented by intelligent and easily accessible storage cubby holes located in different areas of the SUV.
Though unintended, Citroën's feature-rich, technologically advanced, and stylish C5 Aircross has attracted buyers from the luxury SUV segment, much to Citroën's delight. Take a quick look at some of the key features the SUV offers.
Citroën C5 Aircross Key Features:
- Panoramic Sunroof
- Hands-Free Tailgate
- Automatic Wipers & Headlamps
- 12.3-inch Digital Instrumentation
- 8.0-inch Touchscreen Infotainment
- Dual-Zone Climate Control
- Hands-Free Parking
Citroën C5 Aircross Safety Features:
- Electronic Stability Control
- ABS with EBD
The Citroën C5 Aircross is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that puts out 177bhp and 400Nm. An 8-speed automatic gearbox drives the front wheels.
These features and the powertrain combined, give buyers exactly what they are looking for in a luxury SUV. More specifically, the Citroën C5 Aircross is easily able to lure buyers who are in the market for a premium German SUV.
With all this in mind, it is easy to see why buyers who originally sought cars like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, are now considering the Citroën C5 Aircross. It offers a similar list of features, on-point luxury offerings, and an on-par powertrain!
The price, however, isn't. And we mean that in a good way!
The top-spec Shine variant of the C5 Aircross retails at a price of Rs 31.90 lakh. On the other hand, the base variant of the BMW X1 will cost you Rs 38.90 lakh while the base Mercedes-Benz GLA is priced at Rs 43.60 lakh. With a favourable cost variance in its kitty, it is no wonder that buyers are looking at the Citroën C5 Aircross instead. It simply is more value-for-money while still offering a lengthy list of features.
The Citroën C5 Aircross is a capable SUV. The attention garnered from its own segment and the segment above seems justified. The C5 Aircross can be booked online on the brand's website or buyers can even walk into a dealership to purchase one. Citroën also offers attractive ownership plans that include subscription.